Conference Paper: Eomer Gets Poetic: Tolkien’s Alliterative Versecraft

Two weeks ago, the Open Access Journal of Tolkien Research agreed to publish the paper I presented at the 2018 Tolkien Seminar in Kalamazoo:

Shelton, James (2018) “Eomer Gets Poetic: Tolkien’s Alliterative Versecraft,” Journal of Tolkien Research: Vol. 5 : Iss. 1 , Article 6. Available at:

The paper is a very basic introduction to Alliterative Verse, and Tolkien’s particular dialect in The Lord of the Rings. It then goes into exactly how the use of alliterative verse impacts the reading of the story for a modern audience.

You can view the full paper by clicking the image below:

**Please remember: this is not a peer-reviewed article. It is a conference paper, so it represents ideas in process and not a finalized product.