War and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien (Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction & Fantasy)

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ISBN-13: 978-0313325922
ISBN-10: 0313325928
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?[C]roft demonstrates that to lodge Tolkien's writings squarely in the genre of war literature is to overlook the complexity and ambiguity in his depictions of the epic struggle between good and evil....Croft makes a convincing case for Tolkien's complex and highly inconsistent perspectives on war. Close readings, a comparison with Jackson's films, biographical background, and studies of working drafts bolster Croft's conclusions....Clearly written and extensively researched, this informative book makes an important contribution to Tolkien studies. Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers.?-Choice

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Examines the role of war in Tolkien's life and works


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Product Details

  • Series: Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction & Fantasy (Book 106)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (June 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313325928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313325922
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,553,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author of _War and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien_ and _Legal Solutions in Electronic Reserves and the Electronic Delivery of Interlibrary Loan_; editor of _Tolkien on Film: Essays on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings_ and _Tolkien and Shakespeare: Essays on Shared Language and Themes." Edits the journal _Mythlore._

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. -. Russell on September 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book to examine war as a central theme in all of Tolkien's works, and is essential reading for Tolkien scholars. Croft brings together Tolkien's experience of both World Wars and his expertise in ancient heroic literature and shows how they influenced what he wrote. She also details how readers and critics have responded to the role and depictions of war in his writings. Some have disparaged Tolkien as a war-monger and others have praised him as a pacifist. Early Tolkien criticism tended to force The Lord of the Rings into a pattern of allegory for World War II, with the Ruling Ring cast as the atom bomb. More recently commentators have seen Tolkien as one of many authors deeply influenced by their experiences in World War I. This book brings these contradictory strands together to demonstrate Tolkien's "well-thought-out, comprehensive, and realistic philosophy of war."

The seven chapters lead us through Tolkien's life, showing how he developed the beliefs about of war that are fundamental to all his works.

1. Introduction

2. The Great War and Tolkien's Memory

3. World War I Themes in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

4. World War II: "The Young Perish and the Old Linger, Withering"

5. Military Leaders and Leadership

6. "The Dull Backwaters of the Art of Killing": Training, Tactics, Strategy, and Battlefield Communication

7. "War Must Be, While We Defend Our Lives": Philosophy, Pathology and Conclusions

Now every one of us is in the front line of a new war.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By another reader on September 15, 2004
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of Tolkien's use of material from especially the Great War and his adaptation of it in his works. Croft does make one fairly common mistake: she seems to think that "casualties" means "killed." Thus she avers that on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the British Army lost 58,000 men killed. Those killed numbered about 19,000. Total casualties (killed, wounded, and missing) totaled about 58,000.
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