J. R. R. Tolkien Author of the Century

ISBN-10: 0618257594

ISBN-13: 9780618257591

Edition: 2001

Authors: Tom Shippey

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Recent polls have consistently declared that J.R.R. Tolkien is "the most influential author of the century," and The Lord of the Rings is "the book of the century." In support of these claims, the prominent medievalist and scholar of fantasy Professor Tom Shippey now presents us with a fascinating companion to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, focusing in particular on The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.The core of the book examines The Lord of the Rings as a linguistic and cultural map and as a response to the meaning of myth. It presents a unique argument to explain the nature of evil and also gives the reader a compelling insight into the unparalleled level of skill necessary to construct such a rich and complex story. Shippey also examines The Hobbit, explaining the hobbits' anachronistic relationship to the heroic world of Middle-earth, and shows the fundamental importance of The Silmarillion to the canon of Tolkien's work. He offers as well an illuminating look at other, lesser-known works in their connection to Tolkien's life.
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 9/8/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Foreword: Author of the Century
The Hobbit: Re-Inventing Middle-Earth
The Lord of the Rings (1): Mapping out a Plot
The Lord of the Rings (2): Concepts of Evil
The Lord of the Rings (3): the Mythic Dimension
The Silmarillion: the Work of His Heart
Shorter Works: Doubts, Fears, Autobiographies
Afterword: the Followers and the Critics
List of References
Index
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