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Glorfindel: Tolkien’s Intertextual Link Between the First and the Third Age

Luna's sixth Call for Papers, Not the Fellowship. Dragons Welcome! is now in pre-order and will be released on Tuesday 14th of June. Artwork, by Jay Johnstone. Here is a chance to discover the 11 brilliant papers you will find in the book, in reverse order of appearance.

Today, we would like to introduce you to Brendan Dyer, presenting the paper: "Glorfindel: Tolkien’s Intertextual Link Between the First and the Third Age"


J.R.R. Tolkien was prone to the frequent reapplication of names applied to characters and places of specific notoriety in The Lord of the Ringsand the subsequent texts found in The Silmarillion and The History of Middle -earth. He often insisted on the pertinence of these subsequent texts to publishers during his journey to publish The Lord of the Rings. This essay explores the character of Glorfindel and his importance not only to The Lord of the Rings and Middle-earth, but his standing as a textual staple in Tolkien’s Legendarium who solidifies the importance of an author’s work that is considered as secondary to the main text. Glorfindel’s presence, his notable battle with a Balrog, his release from the Halls of Waiting, and his actions during the Third Age are explored as well as applied to events in the Second and First Ages. Tolkien is reputable for creating a widely detailed and storied history for The Lord of the Rings, but these texts were slowly accepted by the publishing industry and when they were published, were met with limited readership as a result of their complexity. Glorfindel represents a concrete example of the interconnectivity of a dedicated author’s work as a reliably consistent presence throughout Middle-earth’s history, in the intentions of the author to create governing rules, and is emblematic of how steeply layered a story can be whether or not publishers can see it.

About Brendan Dyer:

Brendan Dyer writes Speculative Fiction and currently teaches writing at Western Connecticut State University, where he earned his MFA in Creative and Professional Writing. His poetry and short fiction appear in SERIAL Magazine, The Black and White Journal, Havik, and The Esthetic Apostle.

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