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J.R.R. Tolkien's Lost English Mythology [EPUB] ✻ J.R.R. Tolkien's Lost English Mythology Author Simon J. Cook – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk A path breaking account of Tolkien s Middle earth as the lost world of ancient English mythology In this essay the award winning intellectual historian, Simon J Cook, explores Tolkien s lifelong proje A path Lost English Kindle Ô breaking account of Tolkien s Middle earth as the lost world of ancient English mythology In this essay the award winning intellectual historian, Simon J Cook, explores Tolkien s lifelong project of reconstructing the ancient traditions of the North myths and legends once at the heart of English culture but forgotten after the Anglo Saxon settlement of the British Isles Cook situates The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of J.R.R. Tolkien's Epub / the Rings in relation to Edwardian scholarship on the prehistory of Northern Europe and the origin of the English nation Taking us through three key stages of his creative writing, Cook shows how Tolkien crafted stories that fit and illuminate our fragmentary knowledge of ancient English traditions By the end of his essay, Aragorn, Arwen, and Frodo appear in a new light no longer just icons of modern fantasy, but also the original Tolkien's Lost English eBook ↠ heroes of a lost English mythology.

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  • J.R.R. Tolkien's Lost English Mythology
  • Simon J. Cook
  • English
  • 03 March 2019

About the Author: Simon J. Cook

I m Lost English Kindle Ô an intellectual historian, writing on late Victorian and Edwardian scholarshipI was born in London, England, spent too many years at Cambridge, UK, and taught academic writing at Duke University, North CarolinaToday I m an independent scholar, creating intellectual content outside established academic institutionsI support my scholarly habit with my editing work and live, together with a growing family of children, guinea pigs and cats, in a small village in Israel J.R.R. Tolkien's Epub / situated just left of the end of the world.



10 thoughts on “J.R.R. Tolkien's Lost English Mythology

  1. Michael Michael says:

    Mr Cook did a comparison and contrast of the studies and writings of scholars Chadwick and Tolkien I found it interesting, but as I must admit.way over my head I profess to know the books of the triolgy maybe better than many, having read them I think, six times My first reading was in 1973 and lastly earlier this year However, I must just take Mr Cook s words in this essay as true and accurate.It seems commonly accepted that England has no mythology of its own and therefore has borrowe Mr Cook did a comparison and contrast of the studies and writings of scholars Chadwick and Tolkien I found it interesting, but as I must admit.way over my head I profess to know the books of the triolgy maybe better than many, having read them I think, six times My first reading was in 1973 and lastly earlier this year However, I must just take Mr Cook s words in this essay as true and accurate.It seems commonly accepted that England has no mythology of its own and therefore has borrowed mythology from other sources to create tales such as King Arthur In this essay I gather that Chadwick sourced English mythology to the Anglo Saxons and others that migrated to the islands we now know as Great Britain, from areas on the continent such as Germany Tolkien it seems attributes this mythology to those who migrated to the isles from the Norse and those from the countries we know as Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland There seems to be several texts and oral traditions from that region that tell of marriages between mortal and immortal beings that Tolkien referred to as Elves Those themes are contained in Tolkien s early writing like The Silmarillion and The Book of Lost Tales It is also in the triology with the marriage of Aragorn and Arwen.The writing is not that difficult or dry, so even those who are as uneducated as I can gain from the reading.Michael

  2. Jenna (Falling Letters) Jenna (Falling Letters) says:

    Review originally posted 20 November 2014 on Falling Letters.Back in the spring, Simon Cook published a short article, On Tolkien Fundamentalism , at Tolkien Library I enjoyed the article and posted a response, which Cook commented on I was happy to engage in discussion, and so I was also happy accept an invitation to review his recently published essay, J.R.R Tolkien s Lost English Mythology The essay explores how The Lord of the Rings arose as a conjectural reconstruction of the lost m Review originally posted 20 November 2014 on Falling Letters.Back in the spring, Simon Cook published a short article, On Tolkien Fundamentalism , at Tolkien Library I enjoyed the article and posted a response, which Cook commented on I was happy to engage in discussion, and so I was also happy accept an invitation to review his recently published essay, J.R.R Tolkien s Lost English Mythology The essay explores how The Lord of the Rings arose as a conjectural reconstruction of the lost mythology of the English 9% Cook explores H.M Chadwick s understanding of ancient English history and how Tolkien s mythology responds to those theories.Until about 60% of the way through, I wondered what evidence exists to show Tolkien was very familiar with Chadwick, as I had not heard of him before Early on, Cook notes that Tolkien would have studied Chadwick during his undergrad 24% , but given the extent of Cook s discussion I expectedevidence of Tolkien s engagement with Chadwick Cook eventually points to the lecture notes published alongside Tolkien s translation of Beowulf earlier this year which I have not yet read that demonstrate Tolkien s familiarity with Chadwick 63% So, if you re like me and wondering if Cook s argument has a solid foundation it does I was cautioned that the essay might be a tough read due to its scholarly nature Admittedly, it was a bit of a challenge for me not quite because of its nature but because of its content I think I may have gotout of the essay were I familiar with Chadwick s work This essay was my first encounter with him, though I am sure now it will not be my last Regardless, I enjoyed the reading and feeling my brain working hard it has missed critical thinking since I finished university I made many highlights and notes to make sure I could keep on top of everything A lot of groundwork is laid before reaching the final segment, The Lord of the Rings , in which Cook demonstrates how the central characters of that story relate back to the ancient English history about which Chadwick theorized Following along carefully, I understood and appreciated Cook s analysis and conclusion what Chadwick argued, where Tolkien disagreed with him, and how the ancient stories influenced Tolkien s mythology The bulk of the essay was a lot of new information for me, but I had an Aha moment of understanding as Cook tied everything together towards the end Cook successfully argues how and why Tolkien constructed his mythology to stand in for lost English mythology, partially in response to the ancient English ideas of Chadwick The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are stories of little Englanders who depart their rustic homes in order to explore a wider, perilous world of ancient English tradition 12% At the very heart of Tolkien s project stands the passionate conviction that the stories of the ancient English could spark imaginative delight in the hearts and minds of a modern audience 84% Part way through reading, I made a note it s exciting to consider Tolkien in new ways possibly not just me this time , meaning I think there are fresh ideas here even for awell read Tolkien enthusiast than I That Tolkien constructed his mythology to stand in for the mythology England lost is part of the reason his work is so fascinating to me It s fiction, yes, but the historical roots make it so muchreal This is an aspect of Tolkien s work I really enjoy and I liked readingabout this connection between the mythology and English history There is always so much to read about Tolkien s mythology, I have trouble focusing on one topic, but this is an area I would love to delve into further one day Of course, it might be helpful if I acquaint myself a bit further with English history that 6 credit course on the history of the English language can only get me so far.The Bottom Line For those unfamiliar with Chadwick, this essay may take some work to get through I would like to read a bitfrom Chadwick and then return to this essay But, if you re interested in how Tolkien s mythology relates to English history, definitely give it a read

  3. Ben Halliwell Ben Halliwell says:

    This book surprised me Often when I hear a new idea it comes through somewhat calloused hands, but Cook has written a thoroughly eloquent and rewarding argument that really got hold of my imagination I ve read a lot of Tolkien based academic writing, but this is unique in my experience I am strongly recommending it to my friends and looking forward to a new discussion opening up.As per the blurb, this book is concerned with Tolkien s interaction with England s lost mythology, which was famous This book surprised me Often when I hear a new idea it comes through somewhat calloused hands, but Cook has written a thoroughly eloquent and rewarding argument that really got hold of my imagination I ve read a lot of Tolkien based academic writing, but this is unique in my experience I am strongly recommending it to my friends and looking forward to a new discussion opening up.As per the blurb, this book is concerned with Tolkien s interaction with England s lost mythology, which was famously a disappointment to him I knew that he had initially hoped to fill in some of the mythical blanks, but I assumed that his attempt was overreaching and quickly aborted Cook s Lost English Mythology contains a lot of proper research, and is very well grounded.The quality of writing and clarity of argument are excellent I ve highlighted many bits for further thought and discussion, especially some of the scholarship around England s cultural heritage, which I can admit to knowing little about.After reading this publication, I can t help but think that the idea of Tolkien s Lost English Mythology is centrally important to reading his works I highly recommend it

  4. Roland Clarke Roland Clarke says:

    This was a scholarly and interesting essay exploring Tolkien s creation of an English mythology from the roots that already existed in the ancient traditions Simon Cook explores the world that Tolkien emerged and grew in, and the legends, language and culture that Tolkien studied as an academic My academic days are past so this review is hard to write but I ll try.I first encountered Tolkien s writings when I was reading translations of Old English and Anglo Saxon tales, notably Beowulf in This was a scholarly and interesting essay exploring Tolkien s creation of an English mythology from the roots that already existed in the ancient traditions Simon Cook explores the world that Tolkien emerged and grew in, and the legends, language and culture that Tolkien studied as an academic My academic days are past so this review is hard to write but I ll try.I first encountered Tolkien s writings when I was reading translations of Old English and Anglo Saxon tales, notably Beowulf in 1976 The first Tolkien words that I read were his essay Beowulf The Monsters and the Critics , and from there other similar pieces before devouring the Lord of the Rings trilogy in a weekend Simon Cook s essay places Beowulf in the context of Tolkien s reworking of the threads weaving into a wealth of legends that were buried by one side of the Norse sagas and by the Anglo Saxon cultural spread He points out where the roots of Tolkien s tales are, making some interesting observations that feel correct.I was fascinated to realise that the distinction between the Aesir and the Vanir in the Norse legends was a very real imposition of a new invading conquering force A fact that I had seen elsewhere, but I had never realised that it was evident in places like Beowulf.There were so much to digest that this essay is worthy of re reading As an avid Tolkien reader, I was intrigued to discover that he found so many buried elements in the fragmentary knowledge of ancient English traditions that many academics had turned their back on all except Tolkien s academic precursor, Hector Chadwick His Origin of the English Nation was a valuable stepping stone for Tolkien and thus by the end of this essay, Aragorn, Arwen, and Frodo appear in a new light.Now I see them in context

  5. Julie Bozza Julie Bozza says:

    I really enjoyed this, and gobbled it up while commuting today My only complaint was that it s too short I ve long been fascinated by the sheer Englishness of Tolkien s stories not just the bucolic countryside of The Shire, but elements such as the king s healing hands, and the sword that was broken and other echoes of Arthuriana My understanding was that Tolkien was recreating a mythology that we d lost in the mists of history In this tome, Cook explains how that is so, and what sources T I really enjoyed this, and gobbled it up while commuting today My only complaint was that it s too short I ve long been fascinated by the sheer Englishness of Tolkien s stories not just the bucolic countryside of The Shire, but elements such as the king s healing hands, and the sword that was broken and other echoes of Arthuriana My understanding was that Tolkien was recreating a mythology that we d lost in the mists of history In this tome, Cook explains how that is so, and what sources Tolkien was drawing upon It s fascinating stuff Recommended for all Tolkien fans

  6. Tom Tom says:

    In an imaginary world like Middle Earth, which is at once so multifarious and so true to its own inner laws C.S Lewis , nothing could be easier than for fans and scholars to find some parts of this world farfascinating than others Many, for example, devote long study to Tolkien s languages, which are of great importance for his world and are indeed fundamental to its very creation. Others find questions of the adaptation of the books to film, and of the impact of the books on popular In an imaginary world like Middle Earth, which is at once so multifarious and so true to its own inner laws C.S Lewis , nothing could be easier than for fans and scholars to find some parts of this world farfascinating than others Many, for example, devote long study to Tolkien s languages, which are of great importance for his world and are indeed fundamental to its very creation. Others find questions of the adaptation of the books to film, and of the impact of the books on popular culture and the reverse , to be irresistible Still others investigate the spiritual lessons and spiritual foundations of Tolkien s work The list could go on to cover manyareas, all worthy of detailed study Now my own interest generally resides in a very old fashioned, very detailed literary analysis of the texts themselves as they unfold their tale, and so I have never really paid much heed to Tolkien s famous statement that he felt the lack of a mythology for England and wished to remedy it But every now and then a work comes along that changes your perspective, that changes your mind about what is interesting Simon Cook s J.R.R Tolkien s Lost English Mythology is just such a work.At 49 pages, J.R.R Tolkien s Lost English Mythology isof a monograph than a book Yet its brevity makes it onlyimpressive With admirable force and economy, Cook analyzes Middle Earth as an exploration of the ancient imagination of the North, forged from profound scholarship as well as literary genius, and situated on the threshold of actual history Through investigation of Tolkien s earliest tales, his work on Beowulf, and his response to Hector Munro Chadwick s The Origin of the English Nation, Cook has put together a compelling argument for the origins of Tolkien s mythology for England and for its larger relevance to understanding how Tolkien came in the end to write The Lord of the Rings he wrote

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