UVM lecturer Chris Vaccaro explores J.R.R. Tolkien’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and his occupation with female divinities such as Varda, Yavanna, Melian, Luthien, and Galadriel in his work. Vaccaro compares these divinities with goddesses within Greco-Roman, Celtic, and Norse mythologies and considers Tolkien’s influences.
About Christopher Vaccaro
Christopher Vaccaro teaches courses on Beowulf, Tolkien, History of the English Language, and seminars in British literature at the University of Vermont. He has edited two essay collections on J.R.R. Tolkien and a third on medieval sexuality. He is on the editorial board of Mythlore Journal and JTR: the Journal of Tolkien Research.
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