Tolkien Among the Moderns edited by Ralph C. Wood
(University of Notre Dame Press, 2015, 272 pages)
J. R. R. Tolkien is famous for writing stories that are set in a world that is part of a mythical past. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings draw on mythic sources, but the authors of this volume argue that Tolkien’s work can benefit from being drawn into conversation with modern writers and thinkers. Tolkien’s work is compared with that of James Joyce, Friedrich Nietzsche, and other modernist figures. A full review of this book should appear later in the year in the journal Mythlore.