Session340
TitleCeltic Literature in Tolkien's Medievalism
Date/TimeMonday 6 July 2015: 16.30-18.00
 
OrganiserDimitra Fimi, Centre for Fantasy & the Fantastic, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
 
Moderator/ChairDimitra Fimi, Centre for Fantasy & the Fantastic, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
 
Paper 340-a Tolkien, Brendan, and the Quest for The Lost Road
(Language: English)
Aurélie Brémont, Centre d'Études Médiévales Anglaises (CEMA), Sorbonne Université, Paris
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Celtic; Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 340-b Immram Roverandom
(Language: English)
Kris Swank, Pima Community College, Arizona
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Celtic; Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 340-c Welsh Princesses and Cats: Tolkien's Tale of Tinuviel and The Gnomish Lexicon
(Language: English)
Andrew Higgins, Centre for Fantasy & the Fantastic, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Celtic; Medievalism and Antiquarianism
 
AbstractThis session will explore some neglected Celtic sources for Tolkien's extended legendarium. Aurélie Brémont compares the Navigatio Sancti Brendani with Tolkien's poem Immram and the motif of sailing west looking for Paradise in medieval Irish literature and Tolkien's mythology. Kris Swank analyses Tolkien's children's book Roverandom arguing that its structure, themes and motifs are modelled upon the medieval Irish Otherworld sea-voyage tales (immrama). Andrew Higgins examines Tolkien's earliest use of the Welsh language and medieval Welsh motifs in the Tale of Tinúviel in The Book of Lost Tales.