THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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J.R.R. Tolkien Literary Criticism

The Hobbit

A paper by Jonathan A. Glenn, a Professor of English at the University of Central Arkansas, discussing the supposed presence of Beowulf in Tolkien's narrative, through an analysis of the novel's structure and development of plot and character.

The Lord of the Rings

A paper by Jeremy Kidwell of Regent College challenging the assertion that The Lord of the Rings is merely escapist fiction by highlighting Tolkien's commentary on technological developments. Kidwell discusses the narrative of the Dwarves as analogous to the scientific enterprise.
An essay by Lauri Linask of Tartu State University which evaluates the influence of Germanic and Scandinavian mythology, as well as Beowulf, on Tolkien's works.
An essay by Gene Hargrove looking at the role of Tom Bombadil in the novels.
In this essay Rahul Mitra examines how heroism is depicted in the novel through an assessment of Tolkien's world order and an appraisal of several principal characters.