So, back in August 2019, I presented a paper at Tolkien 2019 in Birmingham, UK. Before that, I had practiced it on the folks at my work and there is an audio file of it. I wanted to share it, even though it’s taken me a year to do so.
I wrote this paper for a class I am taking on the history of The Hobbit. I was rather pleased that I still remember how to write academic papers…
The Hero’s Quest and Cycle of Feminine Power in The Princess and the Goblin
Faerie stories are replete with women whose underlying message is often that they must be divorced from their power to be of true worth. Traditionally, faerie story heroines depend on their ability to secure a man’s protection. One story that may be viewed through a more empowering lens is George MacDonald’s The Princess and the Goblin. Princess Irene and her Great-Grandmother each serve as two separate facets of the Triple Goddess cycle of feminine power, representing the Maiden and the Crone, respectively. Irene undertakes a Maiden’s Quest and in doing so, manifests her own feminine identity and power.Read More »