Finds connections between The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien’s long professional engagement with the medieval romance Sir Orfeo. Orfeo’s plot elements of a king’s separation from his queen and his testing of his steward are echoed (albeit in a somewhat fragmented way) and re–examined in the relationships of Aragorn, Arwen, and the house of the Stewards of Gondor.
"The Steward, the King, and the Queen: Fealty and Love in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and in Sir Orfeo,"
Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature: Vol. 31
, Article 4.
Available at: http://dc.swosu.edu/mythlore/vol31/iss1/4