Tolkien and Wagner

Walking Tree Publishers have published the following books on the topic of Tolkien and Wagner:

Tolkien and Wagner: The Ring and Der Ring, The Ride of the Valkyries Tolkien and Wagner:
The Ring and Der Ring

by Christopher MacLachlan

Tolkien famously rejected comparison of his Ring with Wagner's, though there is good evidence that Tolkien knew much more about Der Ring des Nibelungen than he let on after the publication of The Lord of the Rings. Analysis of that work from a Wagnerian point of view enables consideration of it in a new way. By exploring the parallels between Wagner's Ring and Tolkien's, a fresh interpretation of (read more)

Wagner and Tolkien: Mythmakers, The Ravens of Wotan Wagner and Tolkien:
Mythmakers

by Reneé Vink

"Both Rings were round and there the resemblance ceases", wrote J.R.R. Tolkien about the rings in his epic The Lord of the Rings and Richard Wagner's opera cycle The Ring of the Nibelung. Or did he? The answer is not as straightforward as many Tolkien fans believe, whether they agree with the statement or consider it misguided. Nor is the statement itself as transparently defensive as some Wagner buffs suggest (read more)

Cover illustrations
The covers of both books feature artwork by Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) from his illustrations of Wagner's Ring (1910-1911). The illustrations are The Ride of the Valkyries (enlarge) and The Ravens of Wotan (enlarge).

Book covers illustrated by Arthur Rackham

Further references
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