I posted a list of reviews of Tolkien’s Fall of Arthur back in June, but I now have a few more to add. Most recently, Kathy Cawsey has published “The Lord of the Round Table” in Open Letters Monthly. Below is my collated list of selected reviews in online publications and in a few blogs (including my own thoughts). Some are detailed reviews; some, brief comments; and a couple, controversial.
You’ll find some other reviews listed in Troels Forchhammer’s useful summaries of Tolkien-related material in his monthly Tolkien Transactions post on his blog, Parma-kenta. Look in his June, July and August posts for his listings of Fall of Arthur reviews.
David Bratman. “it’s just a flesh wound.” Kalimac’s Corner.
Kathy Cawsey. “The Lord of the Round Table.” Open Letters Monthly.
Bruce Charlton. “Review of The Fall of Arthur by J.R.R. Tolkien.” Tolkien’s The Notion Club Papers.
John Garth, “Tolkien’s Unfinished Epic: ‘The Fall of Arthur.’” The Daily Beast.
Elizabeth Hand. “J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Fall of Arthur’ and the Path to Middle-Earth.” Los Angeles Times.
Sørina Higgins. “King Arthur was an Elf!“ The Curator.
Andrew O’Hehir. “Legend Retold: ‘The Fall of Arthur’ by J.R.R. Tolkien.” The New York Times: Sunday Book Review.
John Rateliff. “The Fall of Arthur.” Sacnoth’s Scriptorium.
Tom Shippey. “Tolkien’s King Arthur.” The Times Literary Supplement.
Anna Smol. “‘Wild Blow the Winds of War’: Tolkien’s Fall of Arthur.” A Single Leaf.
Renee Vink. “Lancelot’s Death in Battle in The Fall of Arthur.” Things that Ring in my Head.
Added October 28:
Alex Mueller. “Tolkien: The Fall of Arthur.” Medievally Speaking.
3 responses to “Fall of Arthur – more reviews”
Thank you for the link to Cawsey’s review; I agree, it truly is an excellent review, and of course for mentioning my transactions.
The only review that I would add to your list is that by David Bratman: “it’s just a flesh wound” Kalimac’s corner
Thanks for pointing me in the direction of David Bratman’s review. How could I have missed it! I’ve added it to my list.
And one more review appears in October: Alex Mueller’s review in Medievally Speaking. I’ve added it to the list above.