Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J. R. R. Tolkien

Perilous and Fair includes seven classic articles as well as seven new examinations of women in Tolkien’s works and life. These fourteen articles bring together perspectives not only on Tolkien’s most commonly discussed female characters—Éowyn, Galadriel, and Lúthien—but also on less studied figures such as Nienna, Yavanna, Shelob, and Arwen. More
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About Janet Brennan Croft

Janet Brennan Croft is an Associate University Librarian at the University of Northern Iowa. She is the author of War in the Works of J. R. R. Tolkien (Praeger, 2004; winner, Mythopoeic Society Award for Inklings Studies). She has also written on the Peter Jackson Middle-earth films, the Whedonverse, Orphan Black, J. K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, Lois McMaster Bujold, The Devil Wears Prada, and other authors, TV shows, and movies. She is also editor or co-editor of many collections of literary essays, the most recent (before this one) being ‘Something Has Gone Crack’: New Perspectives on Tolkien in the Great War (Walking Tree, 2019) with Anna Röttinger. She edits the refereed scholarly journal Mythlore and is archivist and assistant editor of Slayage: The International Journal of Buffy+. You can follow her work on

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