To me, methought, who waited with a crowd,
There came a bark that, blowing forward, bore
King Arthur, like a modern gentleman
Of stateliest port; and all the people cried,
"Arthur is come again: he cannot die."

"Morte d'Arthur" (1842)
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Hanks on Tolkien and Malory

I came across the following essay earlier today:

Hanks, D. Thomas, Jr. “ ‘A Far Green Country Under a Swift Sunrise’—Tolkien’s Eucastastrophe and Malory’s ‘Morte Darthur'.” Fifteenth-Century Studies 36 (2011): 49-64.

Excerpts are available on Amazon and through Google Books, and, through them, one can see that Hanks' offers an insightful reassessment of Malory's final book based on Tolkien's theories of narrative presented in the essay "On Fairy Stories." This is definitely something to track down and read the full version. 

Michael Torregrossa

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