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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006281206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006281207
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,937,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Joseph Pearce's 'Tolkien: Man and Myth' 'This fine apologia will certainly shift to some degree our polarised view of Ronald Tolkien. Pearce writes beautifully and with great depth. Even Germaine Greer, the great Tolkien-basher, might have second thoughts after reading him.' Ronald Blythe

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Tolkien: A Celebration begins and ends with two writers ‹ George Sayer and Walter Hooper ‹ who knew J.R.R. Tolkien well, offering a rare insight into the man behind the myth. Between these delightful memoirs are twelve essays that explore the threads of inspiration and purpose in his major works ‹ The Lord of the Rings, the Silmarillion, and The Hobbit. The works are examined theologically, philosophically, culturally, ecologically, mystically, and historically, as the various contributors seek to understand the profundity of Tolkien¹s achievement. Above all, these collected essays reveal a writer of inspired creativity and profound spiritual depth.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By music man on January 11, 2014
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Most essays on writing are SO dull and uninspired, or they are overly intellectual. This collection expounds on the Catholicism so obvious in Tolkien's masterpiece.
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9 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Regan Mc Mullan on May 17, 2000
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This book presents an excellent interpretation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkein. It adds an interesting prespective on his stories, as well as his life. This is a must have for any true Tolien fan! Peace.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Kingan on January 17, 2003
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Some of these esays are really interesting, infact most of them are good. There are some really boring as well. This is light reading about Tolkein from a mostly Catholic perspective. If you want heavy duty scholarship, this isn't the book, but if you want something to read with the morning coffee I really recommend it.
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23 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 2001
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Tolkien scholarship, on the whole, tends to be quite weak. There's a lot of reasons for that, but this isn't really the place to go into them. However, I will say that this collection of essays is no exception to the rule. "Tolkien: A Celebration" consists of 15 essays by different authors, edited by Joseph Pearce (author of another mediocre book on Tolkien). For the most part, the essays are non-scholarly-- they are more like short, off-the-cuff, reflections than serious scholarly analysis.
Most of the essays deal in some way with the "religious" aspects of Tolkien's fiction-- and most of those approach it from a specifically Roman Catholic persepctive. This is a legitimate subject to write about, of course, but it's been done to death before (and better!) by Carpenter, by Kocher, by Kilby, by Flieger, and by a host of other critics. These essays really don't add anything new to the body of Tolkien scholarship-- no new ideas, no new interpretations, no new evidence.
The same is true for most of the non-religious-themed essays as well. Patrick Curry's "Modernity in Middle-Earth", for example, is basically a six-page summary of his own book on the subject, while Elwin Fairburn's "A Mythology for England" is essentially a recap of points that have been made again and again and again by previous scholars (especially Carpenter, and even more Jane Chance who wrote a whole book called "Tolkien's Art: A Mythology for England").
In truth, the only two items of genuine interest here are the "personal reminscences" by George Sayer and Walter Hooper, who talk abou their experiences meeting Tolkien, working with him, etc.
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8 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2001
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A wonderfully insightful look at the themes, values and processes behind Tolkien's created world.
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