"Professor Shippey's commentary is the best so far in elucidating Tolkien's lovely myth." Harper's Magazine
"Shippey is a rarity, a scholar well schooled in critical analysis whose writing is beautifully clear." Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"[Tolkien] deserves his full do, and Shippey's appreciative assessment of his unique achievement provides it in full and satisfying measure." Philadelphia Inquirer
Tom Shippey taught at Oxford University at the same time as J.R.R. Tolkien and with the same syllabus, which gives him an intimate familiarity with the works that fueled Tolkien's imagination. He subsequently held the chair of English language and medieval literature at Leeds University that Tolkien had previously held. He currently holds the Walter J. Ong Chair of Humanities at St. Louis University in Missouri.
An almost essential "explanation" of the what's and why's . . .Published 6 months ago by Deward Hastings
This book takes the scattered clues in Tolkien's work and puts them all together in a unified picture of his new mythology for the British. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gary E. Masters
If you are looking for a Tolkien biography or the behind-the-scenes, dramatic story of how ‘Lord of the Rings’ got written, you won’t find it here. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tuckerby
I'm sorry but I did try to conect with this book and I couldn't. I found myself bored and skipping through the pages. Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by Lorena
Shippey's study of the composition, meaning, and multifaceted background of LOTR (also with attention to The Hobbit and other related texts) is a world class contribution to both... Read morePublished on April 17, 2012 by Mike Fox
Just a brief blurb of support for Dr. Shippey's work.
As a writer of fantasy I have found his critical analyses, on three reads, to be hugely inspiring. Read more
As others have pointed out in their reviews, this is probably the definitive analysis thus far of Tolkien as an author. Read morePublished on January 30, 2011 by jason
Shippey walks the reader through Tolkien's lifelong fascination with and love and study of language, which is the golden thread of Tolkien's depiction of humankind through the... Read morePublished on July 28, 2007 by Daniel J. Smitherman
Tom Shippey is a profound student of Tolkien with a deep love of middle-earth and a deep understanding of it and its origins.
Unlike so many academics, he is a fine writer. Read more