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Tolkien and the Critics

Identifier: MS-0667

Manuscript versions of a collection of critical essays on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. There are a total of 296 pages of the volume with copy edits. The collection of essays was edited by Neil D. Isaacs and Rose A. Zimbardo. The fifteen essays included in this volume are listed below.

1. "On the possibilities of writing Tolkien criticism" by Neil D. Isaacs 2. "The dethronement of power" by C.S. Lewis 3. "The Lord of the Hobbits" by Edmund Fuller 4. "The quest hero" by W.H. Auden 5. "The appeal of The Lord of the Rings: a struggle for life" by Hugh T. Keenan 6. "Power and meaning in The Lord of the Rings" by Patricia Meyer Spacks 7. "Moral vision in The Lord of the Rings" by Rose A. Zimbardo 8. "Men, halflings, and hero-worship" by Marion Zimmer Bradley 9. "Tolkien and the fairy story" by Robert J. Reilly 10. "Tolkien: the monsters and the critters" by Thomas J. Gasque 11. "Old English in Rohan" by John Tinkler 12. "The poetry of fantasy: verse in The Lord of the Rings" by Mary Quella Kelly 13. "The shire, Mordor, and Minas Tirith" by Charles Moorman 14. "The Lord of the Rings as literature" by Burton Raffel 15. "Tolkien and Frodo Baggins" by Roger Sale


  • 1968


The material in this collection is in English.

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0.5 Linear Feet (2 quarter boxes)


Manuscript versions of a collection of critical essays on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Editor Neil D. Isaacs was the Professor Emeritus of English language and literature at the University of Maryland. Editor Rose A. Zimbardo (1932-2015) was a writer and was the Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of English at Stony Brook University. Isaacs and Zimbardo authored three works together on author J.R.R. Tolkien and his writings.

Essay author Hugh T. Keenan (b. 1936) earned several degrees from Memphis State University before earning a PhD from the University of Tennessee in 1969.


The collection is arranged in four folders. The first folder contains the Table of Contents with the first 8 essays. The second folder contains the essays from nine through fifteen. The third folder contains the title page, publisher page, dedication page, and the copyedits of the essay from pages 1 through 139. The last folder contains the rest of the copyedits including pages 140 to 296 and the index pages.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA