Keys of Middle-Earth Discovering Medieval Literature Through the Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien

ISBN-10: 140394671X

ISBN-13: 9781403946713

Edition: 2005

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'The Keys of Middle-Earth' uniquely introduces the reader to the world of Medieval literature through the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien. Using key episodes in 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings', readers are taken back to the works of Old, Middle English and Old Norse literature that so influenced Tolkien.
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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 12/13/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Elizabeth Solopova is a research fellow in the Faculty of English, University of Oxford, and William Golding Research Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford.

How to use this book
Why another book about Tolkien?
This is not a source book
Tolkien's career
Tolkien's fiction and medieval literature
Medieval sources
Medieval literature
Old English
Middle English
Old Norse
Thematic and technical parallels
The theme of the quest
The epic
The runes
Alliterative verse and Tolkien's verse
The names
The editions
The texts
The hobbit
Gandalf and the dwarves - Voluspa, stanzas 9-16 (TH, 'an unexpected party')
Bilbo and Gollum's riddle-game - Vafpruonismal and Solomon and Saturn II, II. 47-68 and 104-23 (TH, 'riddles in the dark')
Bilbo meets Smaug - Beowulf, II. 2207-311 (TH, 'inside information')
The lord of the rings
The elves at Rivendell - Sir Orfeo, II. 107-94 (FR, 'many meetings'; TH, 'a short rest' and 'flies and spiders')
Legolas's 'lament of the stones' - the ruin (FR, 'the ring goes south')
The fight at Balin's tomb - the fight at Finnsburg and 'Cynewulf and Cyneheard' (FR, 'the bridge of Khazad-Dum')
The crossing of the Nimrodel - Pearl, II. 61-276 (FR, 'lothlorien')
Boromir's death - Beowulf, II. 26-52 (TT, 'the departure of Boromir')
Treebeard's list - maxims II (TT, 'treebeard')
The Rohirrim - The wanderer and Beowulf, II. 306-70 (TT, 'the king of the golden hall')
The death of theoden and the arrival of the Mumakil - the battle of Maldon, II. 111-84 and AElfric's homily on the Maccabees, II. 499-519 (RK, 'the battle of Pelennor fields')
The landscape of mordor - Sir Gawain and the green knight, II. 713-63 and Beowulf, II. 1345-82 (RK, 'the land of shadow')
The final journey - the seafarer (RK, 'the grey havens')
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