J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century

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Mariner Books #ad - He breaks down the lord of the Rings as a linguistic feast for the senses and as a response to the human instinct for myth. This “highly erudite celebration and exploration of tolkien’s works is enormous fun, ” declared the Houston Chronicle, a prominent medievalist and scholar of fantasy, “deepens your understanding” without “making you forget your initial, and Tom Shippey, purely instinctive response to Middle-earth and hobbits.

In a clear and accessible style, to fantasy, Shippey offers a new approach to Tolkien, and to the importance of language in literature. Furthermore, he ties all these strands together in a continuing tradition that traces its roots back through Grimms’ Fairy Tales to Beowulf. J. R. R. Elsewhere, he examines the hobbit’s counterintuitive relationship to the heroic world of Middle-earth; demonstrates the significance of The Silmarillion to Tolkien’s canon; and takes an illuminating look at lesser-known works in connection with Tolkien’s life.

J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century #ad - Tolkien: author of the century is “a triumph” chicago Sun-Times that not only gives readers a deeper understanding of Tolkien and his work, but also serves as an entertaining introduction to some of the most influential novels ever written. The definitive tolkien companion—an indispensable guide to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and more, from the author of The Road to Middle-earth.

Shippey’s commentary is the best so far in elucidating Tolkien’s lovely myth, ” wrote Harper’s Magazine.

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The Road to Middle-Earth: How J. R. R. Tolkien Created a New Mythology

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Mariner Books #ad - Now, readers can go deeper into this enchanting lore with a revised edition of Tom Shippey's classic exploration of Middle-earth. At once a celebration of a beloved classic and a revealing literary study, The Road to Middle-earth is required reading for fantasy fans and English literature scholars alike.

Tolkien's story of four brave hobbits has enraptured the hearts and minds of generations. Uniquely qualified to explicate tolkien’s worldview, ” this journey into the roots of the Lord of the Rings is a classic in its own right Salon. Com. From beloved epic fantasy classic to record-breaking cinematic success, J.

The Road to Middle-Earth: How J. R. R. Tolkien Created a New Mythology #ad - R. R. Shippey also illuminates tolkien's more difficult works set in the same world, and examines the remarkable twelve-volume History of Middle-earth, Unfinished Tales, including The Silmarillion, and the myth cycle, written by J. R. R. S son Christopher Tolkien. From meditations on tolkien's inspiration to analyses of the influences of his professional background, The Road to Middle-earth takes a closer look at the novels that made Tolkien a legend.

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The Road to Middle-earth: How J. R. R. Tolkien created a new mythology How J.R.R. Tolkien Created a New Mythology

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HarperCollins #ad - It takes issue with many basic premises of orthodox criticism and offers a new approach to Tolkien, to fantasy, and to the importance of language in literature. This new edition is revised and expanded, and includes a previously unpublished lengthy analysis of Peter Jackson’s film adaptations and their effect on Tolkien’s work.

The core of the book, concentrates on the lord of the Rings as a linguistic and cultural map, however, as a twisted web of a story, and as a response to the inner meaning of myth and poetry. By following the routes of tolkien’s own obsessions – the poetry of languages and myth – The Road to Middle-earth shows how Beowulf, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, The Lord of the Rings, the Elder Edda and many other works form part of a live and continuing tradition of literature.

The Road to Middle-earth: How J. R. R. Tolkien created a new mythology How J.R.R. Tolkien Created a New Mythology #ad - He discusses the contribution of the silmarillion and unfinished tales to tolkien’s great myth-cycle, showing how Tolkien’s more ‘complex’ works can be read enjoyably and seriously by readers of his earlier books, and goes on to examine the remarkable 12-volume History of Middle-earth by Tolkien’s son and literary heir Christopher Tolkien, which traces the creative and technical processes through which Middle-earth evolved.

The definitive guide to the origin of J. R. R. Tom shippey shows in detail how tolkien’s professional background led him to write The Hobbit and how he created a work of timeless charm for millions of readers. Tolkien’s books, from the hobbit to The History of Middle-earth series – includes unpublished Tolkien extracts and poetry.

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J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography

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Mariner Books #ad - He served in the first world war, surviving the Battle of the Somme, where he lost many of the closest friends he'd ever had. Lewis and the other writers known as The Inklings. Then suddenly his life changed dramatically. After the war he returned to the academic life, achieving high repute as a scholar and university teacher, eventually becoming Merton Professor of English at Oxford where he was a close friend of C.

S. In the decades since his death in september 1973, the lord of the rings, millions have read THE HOBBIT, and THE SILMARILLION and become fascinated about the very private man behind the books. From these sources he follows the long and painful process of creation that produced THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE SILMARILLION and offers a wealth of information about the life and work of the twentieth century's most cherished author.

J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography #ad - The authorized biography of the creator of Middle-earth. Born in south africa in january 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was orphaned in childhood and brought up in near-poverty. Humphrey carpenter was given unrestricted access to all Tolkien's papers, and interviewed his friends and family. One day while grading essay papers he found himself writing 'In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit' -- and worldwide renown awaited him.

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The History of the Hobbit: Mr Baggins and Return to Bag-End

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HarperCollins #ad - Like its successor, the lord of the rings, it is a story that "grew in the telling", and many characters and story threads in the published text are completely different from what Tolkien first wrote to read aloud to his young sons as part of their "fireside reads". As well as reproducing the original version of one of literature's most famous stories, both on its own merits and as the foundation for The Lord of the Rings, this new book includes many little-known illustrations and previously unpublished maps for The Hobbit by Tolkien himself.

. As well as recording the numerous changes made to the story both before and after publication, it examines – chapter-by-chapter – why those changes were made and how they reflect Tolkien's ever-growing concept of Middle-earth. The hobbit was first published on 21 September 1937. A major new examination of how J.

The History of the Hobbit: Mr Baggins and Return to Bag-End #ad - R. R. Tolkien came to write his original masterpiece ‘The Hobbit’, including his complete unpublished draft version of the story, and many little-known illustrations and previously unpublished maps by Tolkien himself. For the first time in one volume, The History of the Hobbit presents the complete unpublished text of the original manuscript of J.

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Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - N. Brilliantly argued. Daily mail uk   “gripping from start to finish and offers important new insights. Library journal   “insight into how a writer turned academia into art, how deeply friendship supports and wounds us, and how the death and disillusionment that characterized World War I inspired Tolkien’s lush saga.

Detroit Free Press. R. Wilson as europe plunged into World War I, J. Garth’s fine study should have a major audience among serious students of Tolkien. Publishers weekly   “A highly intelligent book .  .  . All the while, he was hard at work on an original mythology that would become the basis of his literary masterpiece, the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth #ad - In this biographical study, drawn in part from Tolkien’s personal wartime papers, John Garth traces the development of the author’s work during this critical period. Tolkien was a student at oxford and part of a cohort of literary-minded friends who had wide-ranging conversations in their Tea Club and Barrovian Society.

How the first world war influenced the author of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy: “Very much the best book about J. R. R.

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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - This collection will entertain all who appreciate the art of masterful letter writing. The letters of J. R. R tolkien sheds much light on Tolkien's creative genius and grand design for the creation of a whole new world: Middle-earth. Featuring a radically expanded index, this volume provides a valuable research tool for all fans wishing to trace the evolution of THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS.

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Defending Middle-Earth: Tolkien: Myth and Modernity

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Mariner Books #ad - Includes a new afterword. In fact, through this epic, Tolkien found a way to provide something close to spirit in a secular age. What are millions of readers all over the world getting out of reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy? Defending Middle-earth argues, in part, that the appeal for fans goes far deeper than just quests and magic rings and hobbits.

Tolkien: “a most valuable and timely book” Ursula K. Le guin, los angeles Times–bestselling author of Changing Planes. A scholar explores the ideas within The Lord of the Rings and the world created by J. R. R. This thoughtful book focuses on three main aspects of tolkien’s fiction: the social and political structure of Middle-earth and how the varying cultures within it find common cause in the face of a shared threat; the nature and ecology of Middle-earth and how what we think of as the natural world joins the battle against mindless, mechanized destruction; and the spirituality and ethics of Middle-earth—for which the author provides a particularly insightful and resonant examination.

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Splintered Light: Tolkien's World, Revised Edition: Logos and Language in Tolkien's World

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Kent State University Press #ad - J. Tolkien is perhaps best known for the hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but it is in The Silmarillion that the true depth of Tolkien's Middle-earth can be understood. The silmarillion was written before, during, and after Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. A collection of stories, it provides information alluded to in Tolkien's better known works and, turns The Lord of the Rings into much more than a sequel to The Hobbit, in doing so, making it instead a continuation of the mythology of Middle-earth.

R. R. Flieger demonstrates tolkien's use of barfield's concept throughout the fiction, showing how his central image of primary light splintered and refracted acts as a metaphor for the languages, peoples, and history of Middle-earth. Verlyn flieger's expanded and updated edition of splintered Light, a classic study of Tolkien's fiction first published in 1983, examines The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings in light of Owen Barfield's linguistic theory of the fragmentation of meaning.

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Tales from the Perilous Realm

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - The book is the perfect opportunity for fans of Middle-earth to enjoy some of Tolkien’s often overlooked yet most creative storytelling. Never before published in a single volume, tolkien’s four novellas Farmer Giles of Ham, Leaf by Niggle, Smith of Wootton Major, and Roverandom and one book of poems The Adventures of Tom Bombadil are gathered together for the first time.

This new, in various formats, “on fairy-stories, between 1949 and 1998 — comes with an illuminating introduction from esteemed author and Tolkien expert Tom Shippey as well as Tolkein’s most celebrated essay, definitive collection of works — which had appeared separately, ” which astutely addresses the relationship between fairy tales and fantasy.

Tales from the Perilous Realm #ad - With dragons and sand sorcerers, sea monsters and hobbits, knights and dwarves, this collection contains all the classic elements for Tolkien buffs of all ages.

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