Book Reviews

Perilous Realms


(2006) Marjorie Burns, Perilous Realms: Celtic and Norse in Tolkien’s Middle-earth (Toronto, Buffalo, London: University of Toronto Press, 2005), for Tolkien Studies, 3, pp. 187-190

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(2007) Camilla Asplund Ingemark, The Genre of Trolls: The Case of a Finland-Swedish Folk Belief Tradition (Åbo: Åbo Akademi University Press, 2004), for Folklore, 118:3, pp. 366-7

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Icelandic Folktales


(2007) Jacqueline Simpson, Icelandic Folktales and Legends (Stroud, Gloucestershire: Tempus, 2004), for Folklore, 118:3, pp. 366-7

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Inside Language


(2008) Ross Smith, Inside Language: Linguistic and Aesthetic Theory in Tolkien (Zürich, Bern: Walking Tree Publishers, 2007), for Tolkien Studies, 5, pp. 229-33

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Northern Path



(2008) Douglas ‘Dag’ Rossman, The Northern Path: Norse Myths and Legends Retold…And What They Reveal (Chapel Hill, NC: Seven Paws Press, 2005), for Folklore, 119:2, pp. 238-9

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Elves in AS England


(2008) Alaric Hall, Elves in Anglo-Saxon England: Matters of Belief, Health, Gender and Identity (Woodbridge, Suffolk and Rochester, NY: Boydell Press, 2007), for Folklore, 119:3, pp. 349-51

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Ents, Elves and Eriador



(2008) Matthew Dickerson and Jonathan Evans, Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2006), for Folklore, 119:3, pp. 351-2

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Seafarers, Merchants and Pirates


(2008) Dirk Meier, Seafarers, Merchants and Pirates in the Middle Ages (Woodbridge, Suffolk and Rochester, NY: Boydell Press, 2006), for Folklore, 120:3, p. 341

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Concepts of Arthur



(2009) Thomas Green, Concepts of Arthur (Stroud, Gloucestershire: Tempus, 2007), for Speculum: A Journal Medieval Studies, 84:3, pp. 722-723


Laughing with Medusa


(2010) Vanda Zajko and Miriam Leonard (eds), Laughing with Medusa: Classical Myth and Feminist Thought (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), for Folklore, 121:2, pp. 236-238

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(2012) Rowena Godfrey (ed.), Beatrix Potter: Fables to Faeries (Harpenden, Herts.: Beatrix Potter Society, 2009), for Folklore, 123:1, pp. 113-14.

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(2012) Virginia Holly, The Myth of Persephone in Girls’ Fantasy Literature (New York: Routledge, 2012) for Times Higher Education, 5 January.

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Fall of Arthur



(2014) Review of The Fall of Arthur, by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien (London: HarperCollins), for Gramarye: The Journal of the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, Winter 2014, Issue 6, pp. 80-2.





(2015) Review of Magical Tales: Myth, Legend and Enchantment in Children’s Books, edited by by Carolyne Larrington  and Diane Purkiss. Folklore, 126 (2), pp. 241-242.




(2016) Review of The Story of Kullervo, by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Verlyn Flieger (London: HarperCollins), for Journal of Tolkien Research, 3:1.

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