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Title: The Book of Lost Tales from oral to written myth. ; „Księga Zaginionych Opowieści” od mitu ustnego do zapisu

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The Book of Lost Tales from oral to written myth.  
„Księga Zaginionych Opowieści” od mitu ustnego do zapisu

Creator:

Szyjewski, Andrzej

Subject and Keywords:

J.R.R. Tolkien   mythopoeia   myth   orality   Kalevala   William Morris   epics  
J.R.R. Tolkien   mitopoeia   mit   oralność   Kalevala   William Morris   epos

Abstract:

The article is devoted to the genesis of the characteristics of thestyle of J.R.R. Tolkien. The mythopoeic activity of Tolkien had its rootsin his first efforts to deal with mythical beliefs, and his assumption thatthe true mythical narrative should be a story. His first full expressionof such a belief may be found in the form and content of ’The Bookof Lost Tales’. However, before Tolkien began to create his own ’private’mythology, he first tried to convert the mythology of Kalevalaaccording to his mythopoeic taste. ’The Story of Kullervo’, as his firstmythical narrative, is an attempt to convert to prose one of the mythicalthreads of Kalevala, the one dedicated to the tragedy of Kullervo.When drafting it, Tolkien had formed the first characteristics of hisstyle. One can easily find almost the same style in the chapters of ’TheBook of Lost Tales’. The author shaped the stories on the canvas ofpast events, in which the narrators refer to the ’historical’ memoriesin their perspective. The tension between history, myth, written textand poetic impressions produces the base of Tolkien’s ‘early’ characteristicsin style.  
The article is devoted to the genesis of the characteristics of the style of J.R.R. Tolkien. The mythopoeic activity of Tolkien had its roots in his first efforts to deal with mythical beliefs, and his assumption that the true mythical narrative should be a story. His first full expression of such a belief may be found in the form and content of ’The Book of Lost Tales’. However, before Tolkien began to create his own ’private’ mythology, he first tried to convert the mythology of Kalevala according to his mythopoeic taste. ’The Story of Kullervo’, as his first mythical narrative, is an attempt to convert to prose one of the mythical threads of Kalevala, the one dedicated to the tragedy of Kullervo. When drafting it, Tolkien had formed the first characteristics of his style. One can easily find almost the same style in the chapters of ’The Book of Lost Tales’. The author shaped the stories on the canvas of past events, in which the narrators refer to the ’historical’ memories in their perspective. The tension between history, myth, written text and poetic impressions produces the base of Tolkien’s ‘early’ characteristics in style..

Place of publishing:

Wrocław

Publisher:

Pracownia Badań nad Tradycją Oralną

Contributor:

Zieliński, Karol. Red.   Torbus, Sławomir. Red.

Date:

2016  
2016

Date issued:

2016

Resource Type:

text

Detailed Type:

article  
czasopisma online

Format:

pdf   application/pdf

Identifier:

oai:repozytorium.uni.wroc.pl:79823

DOI:

10.23734/QO.2016.2.2.119.145

Language:

pol   eng

Rights holder:

Copyright by Andrzej Szyjewski

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Jun 8, 2021

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Oct 19, 2017

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