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"O, What a Tangled Web"

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The nine articles of stimulating literary criticism collected in this volume view Tolkien's work from a variety of medieval perspectives: the device of entrelacement employed in Arthurian romances is used to throw light on the narrative design of The Lord of the Rings: the cultures of Middle-earth are described with the aid of medieval orality and literacy studies: the epic figure of the queen is recalled to reveal the significance of women in Tolkien's trilogy: the character of Éowyn is analyzed in terms of the epic warrior code and the romance chivalric ethos: the role of Elbereth is shown to correspond with the position of the Virgin Mary in the world of medieval believers: the nature of evil is explored through a comparison of Melkor to John Milton's Satan: allusions to medieval Icelandic sagas are detected in Tolkien's works for children: The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth is read in the light of The Battle of Maldon: and Tolkien's literary art is illuminated by way of his own critical essays on Beowulf and fairy-stories. Since all the contributors come from Poland, the phenomenon of Tolkien's prompt and enthusiastic Polish reception is briefly discussed in the introductory chapter.  
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