The Road Goes Ever On and On: Anglo-Saxon Literary Influences on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
Student Research Paper
Dr. Louis Martin
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings immerses its readers in a fantastical world with its own fictional history. While the novel contains fictional societies and characters, Tolkien clearly derives influence for his content, themes, and structure from the medieval literature and language that he studied and loved throughout his life. This paper examines Tolkien's influences from Anglo-Saxon literature by comparing the fictional communities, elegiac elements, and narrative structure of The Lord of the Rings to those of several Old English works.
Mathers, Olivia, "The Road Goes Ever On and On: Anglo-Saxon Literary Influences on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings" (2021). English: Student Scholarship & Creative Works. 12.
Honors in the Discipline; EN 491 Directed Senior Research II; Scholarship and Creative Arts Day (SCAD)