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Wanderer Elegies, Epics, Riddles

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ISBN-10: 0141393742

ISBN-13: 9780141393742

Edition: 2013

Authors: Michael Alexander, Michael Alexander

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Legends from the Ancient North: Five classics of Norse literature that inspired J. R. R. Tolkien's epic vision in The Hobbit and The Lord of the RingsLegendary fantasy writer J. R. R. Tolkien spent much of his life studying, translating, and teaching the ancient tales of northern Europe at Oxford and drew on them for his own writing. These epic stories, with their wizards and knights, dragons and trolls, cursed rings and magic swords, are as fascinating today as they were thousands of year ago. Reading them brings us as close as we will ever get to the magical worlds of the Vikings and the origins of their twentieth-century counterpart: Tolkien’s Middle Earth.In this collection of the earliest verse in English, heroic poems celebrate the courage, loyalty, and strength of the ancient world: in "The Battle of Maldon" a brave Anglo-Saxon army attempt to fend off a Viking invasion; "The Wanderer" and "The Seafarer" reflect on exile, loss and destiny; and The Exeter Riddles are witty linguistic puzzles that directly influenced Golum's famous riddles in Tolkien's The Hobbit.
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

MICHAEL ALEXANDER is the pseudonym of a nurse who has previously worked in the UK and New Zealand.