Tolkien’s Dickensian Dreams

Here is another astounding post from the Tolkienist. We’ve met him in our Battle of 5 (or 6) Blogs, and you should follow his work if you are an avid Tolkien Reader. I should warn, the Geek Index has been pretty high on A Pilgrim in Narnia this week, especially with the C.S. Lewis & Canada post on Wednesday. Next week there are a couple of Narnia posts that are on that geek fringe too, but should be fun!

A Tolkienist's Perspective

Tolkien-Dickens Goblins (header)

Dickens’ short story that inspired a Tolkien chapter

This is somewhat a Tolkien paper I had written a while back, with the expressed intention to publish it one day. When that day never seemed to arrive, I thought it would be suitable to post an edited version on this blog.

The following, although much abbreviated from the original, is still pretty long. So proceed with caution but, as always, please enjoy 🙂

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About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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5 Responses to Tolkien’s Dickensian Dreams

  1. Intriguing! I imagine Dicken’s goblin king was read and filed away in Tolkien’s memory, but not consciously referred to. I also wonder if Tolkien and Dickens weren’t both drawing on goblin lore , and their stories are similar because of that. Imagine two students in a creative writing class told to write a story with a vampire in it. Whether they drew on Stoker, Hammer Films or Twilight for what they knew about vampires, we’d likely find similarities not just in their characters, but in their stories.

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  2. Pingback: The Lost-But-Found Works of C.S. Lewis | A Pilgrim in Narnia

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