Tolkien and Alterity

  • Christopher Vaccaro
  • Yvette Kisor

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Christopher Vaccaro, Yvette Kisor
    Pages 1-13
  3. The State of the Scholarship

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
  4. Women and the Feminine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Amy Amendt-Raduege
      Pages 77-93
  5. The Queer

  6. Language

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Deidre Dawson
      Pages 183-203
  7. Identities

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 263-270

About this book


This exciting collection of essays explores the role of the Other in Tolkien’s fiction, his life, and the pertinent criticism. It critically examines issues of gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, language, and identity in The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and lesser-known works by Tolkien. The chapters consider characters such as Lobelia Sackville-Baggins, Saruman, Éowyn, and the Orcs as well as discussions of how language and identity function in the source texts. The analysis of Tolkien’s work is set against an examination of his life, personal writing, and beliefs. Each essay takes as its central position the idea that how Tolkien responds to that which is different, to that which is “Other,” serves as a register of his ethics and moral philosophy. In the aggregate, they provide evidence of Tolkien’s acceptance of alterity.


The Lord of the Rings Feminist readings of Tolkien Queer relationships in Tolkien The Silmarillion J. R. R. Tolkien Lobelia Sackville-Baggins Saruman Critical Race Studies Alterity Jane Chance Language in Tolkien

Editors and affiliations

  • Christopher Vaccaro
    • 1
  • Yvette Kisor
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Arts and SciencesUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Ramapo College of New JerseyMahwahUSA

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