THE THEME UNITING THE NINE ARTICLES in this issue is transformation, or if we follow the lead of Charles A. Huttar in his contribution and reference Spenser, mutabilitie--a fitting topic for the early days of spring. Here you will find original sources transformed by adaptation, concepts and ideas transformed over time or by new hands, and personal lives transformed and revealed in art.
We'll begin with the personal transformation of an author. Nancy Bunting, in "Tolkien in Love," makes a case for examining Tolkien's work as an amateur visual artist as a key to understanding the important stresses and changes in his life over the winter months of 1912-1913, as he anticipated reuniting with Edith Bratt after their forced separation.
Next, the personal transformation of a literary character: Erin K. Wagner studies the metamorphosis of Orual, the main character of C.S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces, under the "divine surgery" of the dream-visions sent by the gods.
While we'll turn next to ideas and concepts transformed, we'll continue to consider dream-visions in my own dissection of Tolkien's concept of "Faerian Drama." I...