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Tolkien's Faerian Drama: Origins and Valedictions

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Tolkien's Faerian Drama: Origins and Valedictions
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Croft
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Janet Brennan
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Research & Instructional Services (RIS), Rutgers University
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2014
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Mythopoeic Society
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In "On Fairy-Stories," Tolkien introduces the concept of Faerian drama: plays which the elves present to men, with a "realism and immediacy beyond the compass of any human mechanism," where the viewer feels he is "bodily inside its Secondary World" but instead is "in a dream that some other mind is weaving." It is "a potion too strong" and the viewer/participant can't help but give it primary belief while it is happening. Faerian drama is a form of Elvish art one can almost but not quite grasp and understand, something the witness/participant will ponder and work through for the rest of his life. I will suggest that Tolkien may have been influenced in his development of the concept by Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the dream-like events that Gawain experiences and what he learns from them. I will examine some examples of Faerian drama in Tolkien's fiction and poetry, concentrating especially on his final story, Smith of Wootton Major, and the experiences Smith has in Faery.
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English
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15 p.
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Medieval dream-vision
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2014
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Mythlore
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31-45
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32(2)
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Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973
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This is the Version of Record (VoR) of the article originally published in Mythlore (2014). Mythlore is available in the electronic database Expanded Academic ASAP.
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Peer reviewed
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Croft, Janet Br
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doi:10.7282/T3TQ5ZXC
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Croft
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Janet
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Brennan
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