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Release Date 26 March 2024

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This volume of proceedings contains papers from the Tolkien Society Hybrid Seminar 2022. It seeks to add to the conversation on what the words 'Goth' and 'Gothic' meant to J.R.R. Tolkien and the ways in which their various associated traditions proliferate his writing. From the linguistic to the literary, religious to the ecocritical, the proceedings explores how traditional and new theories in Gothic scholarship can help us read Tolkien's work anew.


Published under the auspices of the Society's Peter Roe Memorial Fund, this proceedings features a collection of seven papers delivered at the Tolkien Society Hybrid Seminar 2022.





Will Sherwood 


Tolkien’s Gothic: A Poetic Resurgence?

Mahdî Brecq 


Beware Melkors Bearing Gifts: The ‘Tale of Adanel’ as Gothic Fiction

Kristine Larsen 


Eldritch Tolkien: The Impossibility of the Gothic in Middle-earth

Nick Groom (Keynote) 


(Re-)Writing the (Monstrous) Body in 20th Century Fantasy Literature: The

Construction of the Stranger in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings

Sofia Skeva 


Tolkien’s Triptych: Ecological Uncanny, Double Dualism Personified, and

the Language of the Literary Gothic

Michael Dunn 


The Gothic and Environmental Bioethics: The ‘Creepy’ Bodies of Middleearth

Journee Cotton 


“The forest is queer” - The Fantastic and the Gothic in The Lord of the Rings

D.A.K. Watson 



Tolkien and the Gothic: Peter Roe Series XXIV

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