This paper attempts to place Tolkien’s fiction in a distinctively English literary context: a tradition of visionary writing which strives toward national epic, existing from Spenser through Milton (and in certain respects, Blake) to Tolkien.
"Higher Argument: Tolkien and the tradition of Vision, Epic and Prophecy,"
Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature: Vol. 21
, Article 10.
Available at: https://dc.swosu.edu/mythlore/vol21/iss2/10