Coleridge, Tolkien, and the Power of Allusion in "Leaf by Niggle"


  • Doug Jackson Independent Scholar


Doug Jackson reads literary allusion backwards and forwards through time, linking J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Leaf by Niggle” and “Mythopoeia” with Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” through imagery. In conversation with numerous scholars, particularly Malcolm Guite, Jackson shows how the connection between these works enhances and illuminates new meaning in the writing of both Tolkien the fairytale-teller and Coleridge the Romantic.

Author Biography

Doug Jackson, Independent Scholar

Doug Jackson is a BCCI-certified chaplain at Mercy Hospital in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He holds a B.A. in English from Grand Canyon University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Seminary, and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction and a D.Min. from Truett Seminary in Waco, TX. He wrote his dissertation on the application of the western Christian mystical tradition to contemporary Evangelical ministry.