Reaching for the Ring

Tolkien scholars embark on a quest for legitimacy in academe

Colloquy Live: Read the transcript of a live, online discussion with Michael D.C. Drout, an associate professor of English at Wheaton College, in Massachusetts, and editor of the journal Tolkien Studies, about whether scholars of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings, can win legitimacy for their work in academe.By SCOTT McLEMEE

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