Smith of Wootton Major

J. R. R. Tolkien, Smith of Wootton Major (1967)

Smith of Wootton Major (1967)

Oct 14, 2022

Tolkien and Allegory w/ Graham Shea

Tolkien fans, you don’t want to miss this episode! As Graham Shea notes, “Critics have long debated whether, and to what degree, J.R.R. Tolkien writes allegorically. Any answer to this question must attempt to reconcile Tolkien’s numerous comments about allegory, which often seem to contradict one another.” In this week’s episode Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing and Producer Aaron Hill sit down to interview Graham Shea about his recent attempt to resolve the conflict between Tolkien and allegory based on Shea’s recently published article in VII. In his article, Shea uses Tolkien’s last published fiction, a short story titled Smith of Wooton Major, in an attempt to reconcile his views on allegory.

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