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Culhwch & Lúthien: Keltisk mytologi i J. R. R. Tolkiens sagovärld
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Culhwch & Lúthien : Celtic mythology in the fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien (English)
Abstract [en]

This study investigates in what respects Celtic mythology influenced J. R. R. Tolkien when writing the sagas incorporated in the mythopoeic compilation of The Silmarillion. Through narrative and comparative analysis, stories from the Irish prose collection Lebor Gabála Érenn, as well as the Welsh medieval manuscript Mabinogion, are collated to the tales of The Silmarillion in order to illuminate possible influences. The survey showed that even though Tolkien expressed a certain distaste for everything Celtic, several elements of Irish and Welsh mythology are indeed visible in his works. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 35 p.
Keyword [en]
J. R. R. Tolkien, influence, The Silmarillion, Middle-earth, Elves, Celtic, Irish, Welsh, mythology, folklore, Lebor Gabála Érenn, Mabinogion
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Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-38494OAI: diva2:768429
Subject / course
Religious Studies
Educational program
Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
Available from: 2014-12-05 Created: 2014-12-03 Last updated: 2014-12-05Bibliographically approved

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