An Overview of the Northern Influences on Tolkien's Works

1995-01-01T00:00:00Z (GMT) by Gloriana St. Clair

J.R.R.Tolkien studied the Old Norse literature and mythology thoroughly. While knowing Northern literature does not provide a key to unlock the meanings of his major works, his characters, creatures, implements, customs, incidents, and themes do have antecedents in the Eddas and sagas. This paper assesses the extent and impact of those antecedents.