Tolkien and the Invention of Myth

Tolkien and the Invention of Myth
Author: Jane Chance
Pages: 340
ISBN: 0813123011
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Release: 2004
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The 18 essays in this volume examine the ancient Greek, Latin, Old Norse, Old English and Finnish sources from which Tolkien appropriated the concepts, images, characterizations, contexts and theories that inform his own fictional narratives, "The Lord of the Rings" and "the Silmarillion".

Tolkien and the Invention of Myth A Reader

Tolkien and the Invention of Myth  A Reader
Author: Jane Chance
Pages: 329
ISBN: 081312963X
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Release: 2021
Editor: University Press of Kentucky
Language: en

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A Mighty Matter of Legend

 A Mighty Matter of Legend
Author: Peri Sipahi
Pages: 116
ISBN: 9783828865686
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Release: 2016-10-10
Editor: Tectum Wissenschaftsverlag
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is one of the most popular works of fiction of the twentieth century and beyond. It has been sold over 100 million times in different countries around the world and has been translated into more than 30 languages. One of the factors responsible for its popularity is the feeling that the story is more than just fantasy. Peri Sipahi tries to get a grip on the topics and references 'simmering beneath the surface', using the example of the Rohirrim – their language and society – and Tolkien's own ideas of what a good story is like. Scholars widely agree that the Rohirrim are to a greater part modelled after the Anglo-Saxons. Yet, what exactly makes the people of Rohan resemble the Anglo-Saxons, and what differences can be found?

Tolkien and Alterity

Tolkien and Alterity
Author: Christopher Vaccaro,Yvette Kisor
Pages: 270
ISBN: 9783319610184
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Release: 2017-10-11
Editor: Springer
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This exciting collection of essays explores the role of the Other in Tolkien’s fiction, his life, and the pertinent criticism. It critically examines issues of gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, language, and identity in The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and lesser-known works by Tolkien. The chapters consider characters such as Lobelia Sackville-Baggins, Saruman, Éowyn, and the Orcs as well as discussions of how language and identity function in the source texts. The analysis of Tolkien’s work is set against an examination of his life, personal writing, and beliefs. Each essay takes as its central position the idea that how Tolkien responds to that which is different, to that which is “Other,” serves as a register of his ethics and moral philosophy. In the aggregate, they provide evidence of Tolkien’s acceptance of alterity.

Approaches to Teaching Tolkien s The Lord of the Rings and Other Works

Approaches to Teaching Tolkien s The Lord of the Rings and Other Works
Author: Leslie A. Donovan
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781603292078
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Release: 2015-10-01
Editor: Modern Language Association
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A philologist and medieval scholar, J. R. R. Tolkien never intended to write immensely popular literature that would challenge traditional ideas about the nature of great literature and that was worthy of study in colleges across the world. He set out only to write a good story, the kind of story he and his friends would enjoy reading. In The Hobbit and in The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien created an entire world informed by his vast knowledge of mythology, languages, and medieval literature. In the 1960s, his books unexpectedly gained cult status with a new generation of young, countercultural readers. Today, the readership for Tolkien's absorbing secondary world--filled with monsters, magic, adventure, sacrifice, and heroism--continues to grow. Part 1 of this volume, "Materials," introduces instructors to the rich array of resources available for teaching Tolkien, including editions and criticism of his fiction and scholarship, historical material on his life and times, audiovisual materials, and film adaptations of his fiction. The essays in part 2, "Approaches," help instructors introduce students to critical debates around Tolkien's work, its sources, its influence, and its connection to ecology, religion, and science. Contributors draw on interdisciplinary approaches to outline strategies for teaching Tolkien in a wide variety of classroom contexts.

The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings
Author: Harold Bloom
Pages: 217
ISBN: 9781438113999
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Release: 2008
Editor: Infobase Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

- Critical essays reflecting a variety of schools of criticism - Notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and an index - An introductory essay by Harold Bloom.

Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy

Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy
Author: Brett M. Rogers,Benjamin Eldon Stevens
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780190610074
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Release: 2016-12-26
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy is the first collection of essays in English focusing on how fantasy draws deeply on ancient Greek and Roman mythology, philosophy, literature, history, art, and cult practice. Presenting fifteen all-new essays intended for both scholars and other readers of fantasy, this volume explores many of the most significant examples of the modern genre-including the works of H. P. Lovecraft, J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones series, and more-in relation to important ancient texts such as Aeschylus' Oresteia, Aristotle's Poetics, Virgil's Aeneid, and Apuleius' The Golden Ass. These varied studies raise fascinating questions about genre, literary and artistic histories, and the suspension of disbelief required not only of readers of fantasy but also of students of antiquity. Ranging from harpies to hobbits, from Cyclopes to Cthulhu, and all manner of monster and myth in-between, this comparative study of Classics and fantasy reveals deep similarities between ancient and modern ways of imagining the world. Although antiquity and the present day differ in many ways, at its base, ancient literature resonates deeply with modern fantasy's image of worlds in flux and bodies in motion.

Tolkien s Lost Chaucer

Tolkien s Lost Chaucer
Author: John M. Bowers
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9780192580290
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Release: 2019-09-26
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Tolkien's Lost Chaucer uncovers the story of an unpublished and previously unknown book by the author of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien worked between 1922 and 1928 on his Clarendon edition Selections from Chaucer's Poetry and Prose, and though never completed, its 160 pages of commentary reveals much of his thinking about language and storytelling when he was still at the threshold of his career as an epoch-making writer of fantasy literature. Drawing upon other new materials such as his edition of the Reeve's Tale and his Oxford lectures on the Pardoner's Tale, this book reveals Chaucer as a major influence upon Tolkien's literary imagination.

The Road to Middle Earth

The Road to Middle Earth
Author: T. A. Shippey
Pages: 252
ISBN: UOM:39015005230332
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Release: 1983
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The author draws on his own knowledge of Anglo-Saxon and on his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien to show that the key to the inspiration, magic, and enchantment of Tolkien's Middle-earth books is language itself

Mythmaker

Mythmaker
Author: Anne E. Neimark
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9780547997360
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Release: 2012-09-18
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“Long before Harry Potter and J. K. Rowling, there were Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins, and J. R. R. Tolkien . . . This will bring the creator to vivid life” (Booklist). A philologist of world renown, a professor at Oxford, and the author of academic treatises, J.R.R. Tolkien was far more than a fantasy book writer. His lifelong fascination with medieval texts and languages gave him a unique vision and endless inspiration for his tales. His broad interests made possible his creation of faery worlds and entire races of beings, as well as the languages, cultures, and characters that make his books as engaging today as they were fifty years ago. This clear and thoroughly researched biography of the creator of The Hobbit is accompanied by magical illustrations that recall the mystery of Tolkien’s imaginary worlds. “Give[s] some interesting insight into the power Tolkien’s work has had on people over the years.” —School Library Journal

Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings
Author: Jane Chance
Pages: 184
ISBN: 9780813128054
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Release: 2010-09-12
Editor: University Press of Kentucky
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

" With New Line Cinema's production of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, the popularity of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien is unparalleled. Tolkien’s books continue to be bestsellers decades after their original publication. An epic in league with those of Spenser and Malory, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, begun during Hitler’s rise to power, celebrates the insignificant individual as hero in the modern world. Jane Chance’s critical appraisal of Tolkien’s heroic masterwork is the first to explore its “mythology of power”–that is, how power, politics, and language interact. Chance looks beyond the fantastic, self-contained world of Middle-earth to the twentieth-century parallels presented in the trilogy.

The Evolution of Tolkien s Mythology

The Evolution of Tolkien   s Mythology
Author: Elizabeth A. Whittingham
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9781476611747
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Release: 2017-06-30
Editor: McFarland
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The History of Middle-earth traces the evolution of J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary world, stories, and characters from their earliest written forms to the final revisions Tolkien penned shortly before his death in 1973. Published posthumously by Tolkien’s son Christopher, the extensively detailed 12-volume work allows readers to follow the development of the texts that eventually became Tolkien’s immensely popular The Hobbit, The Lord of The Rings, The Silmarillion, and Unfinished Tales. This work provides a thorough study of Tolkien’s life and influences through an analysis of The History of Middle-earth. The work begins with a brief biography and an analysis of the major influences in Tolkien’s life. Following chapters deal with elements common to Tolkien’s popular works, including the cosmogony, theogony, cosmology, metaphysics, and eschatology of Middle-earth. The study also reviews some of the myths with which Tolkien was most familiar—Greek, Roman, Finnish, and Norse—and reveals the often overlapping relationship between mythology, biblical stories, and Tolkien’s popular works.

J R R Tolkien

J R R  Tolkien
Author: Tom Shippey
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780547524436
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Release: 2014-02-21
Editor: HMH
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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. This “highly erudite celebration and exploration of Tolkien’s works [is] enormous fun,” declared the Houston Chronicle, and Tom Shippey, a prominent medievalist and scholar of fantasy, “deepens your understanding” without “making you forget your initial, purely instinctive response to Middle-earth and hobbits.” In a clear and accessible style, Shippey offers a new approach to Tolkien, to fantasy, and to the importance of language in literature. 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. 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. Furthermore, he ties all these strands together in a continuing tradition that traces its roots back through Grimms’ Fairy Tales to Beowulf. “Shippey’s commentary is the best so far in elucidating Tolkien’s lovely myth,” wrote Harper’s Magazine. J.R.R. 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.

More People s Guide to J R R Tolkien

More People s Guide to J R R  Tolkien
Author: TheOneRing.net (Firm)
Pages: 264
ISBN: 1593600267
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Release: 2004-11
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A fan-based exploration of Middle-earth, written by enthusiasts and culled from the popular Web site's Hall of Fire chats and Questions and Answers pages, includes in a companion volume coverage of the film trilogy and future directions in Tolkien studies. Original.

The Song of Middle earth J R R Tolkien s Themes Symbols and Myths

The Song of Middle earth  J  R  R  Tolkien   s Themes  Symbols and Myths
Author: David Harvey
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780008184827
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Release: 2016-07-14
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Available for the first time in paperback, this is the pre-eminent critical study, and exploration, of how myth and legend played such a significant role in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Medievalia Et Humanistica

Medievalia Et Humanistica
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: STANFORD:36105118572200
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Release: 2005
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Interrupted Music

Interrupted Music
Author: Verlyn Flieger
Pages: 172
ISBN: 0873388240
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Release: 2005
Editor: Kent State University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Tolkien made a continuous effort over several years to construct a comprehensive mythology, to include not only the stories themselves but also the storytellers, scribes, and bards who were the offspring of his thought. In Interrupted Music Flieger attempts to illuminate the structure of Tolkien's work, allowing the reader to appreciate its broad, overarching design and its careful, painstaking construction. --from publisher description.

Tolkien s Art

Tolkien s Art
Author: Jane Chance
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9780813170862
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Release: 2001-10-26
Editor: University Press of Kentucky
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

" J.R.R. Tolkien's zeal for medieval literary, religious, and cultural ideas deeply influenced his entire life and provided the seeds for his own fiction. In Tolkien's Art, Chance discusses not only such classics as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, but focuses on his minor works as well, outlining in detail the sources and influences--from pagan epic to Christian legend-that formed the foundation of Tolkien's masterpieces, his "mythology for England."

An Encyclopedia of Tolkien

An Encyclopedia of Tolkien
Author: David Day
Pages: 544
ISBN: 1645170098
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Release: 2019-10-08
Editor: Canterbury Classics
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A comprehensive, illustrated guide to the history, lands, and inhabitants of Middle-earth. The fantasy world of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth contains a rich assortment of people, cities, and creatures—as well as a deep, intertwined history that spans thousands of years. In this beautifully illustrated, leather-bound volume, best-selling author and Tolkien scholar David Day presents four decades of research and writing on the lands and inhabitants Middle-earth. Sections of this A-to-Z dictionary are devoted to discussion of the battles, history, beasts, and heroes of Tolkien’s stories, and are accompanied by black-and-white illustrations. This comprehensive volume on Tolkien’s world also includes an appendix of three primary legends that served as sources for Tolkien’s creations—the Volsunga saga, the Nibelungenlied, and Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle—and more than 200 black-and-white illustrations This work is unofficial and is not authorized by the Tolkien Estate or HarperCollins Publishers.

The Invented Worlds of J R R Tolkien

The Invented Worlds of J R R  Tolkien
Author: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
Pages: 44
ISBN: STANFORD:36105121766542
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Release: 2004
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"The exhibition ... [and catalog] represents a collaboration between the Haggerty Museum of Art and the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Marquette University Archives. The exhibition was held in conjunction with the international conference The lord of the rings, 1954-2004: scholarship in honor of Dr. Richard E. Blackwelder at Marquette University (October 22-23, 2004) ... the aim of the exhibiton is to examine in a scholarly context and for the public the work of J.R.R. Tolkien in the Marquette University collection ... presented with the cooperation of Christopher Tolkien, The J.R.R. Tolkien Estate Limited and The J.R.R. Tolkien Copyright Trust ... Curtis L. Carter, director"--Acknowledgments, p. 4.