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Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth (Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy) Hardcover – January 30, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0313305306 ISBN-10: 0313305307 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Series: Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy (Book 86)
  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (January 30, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313305307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313305306
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,683,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This excellent study is aimed at the middle level of Tolkien scholarship....[A]nd should make an excellent addition to the college library."-Beyond Bree

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Sheds new light on J.R.R. Tolkien's fictive mythology and gives scholars and lay readers an increased understanding of the scope and philosophical background of his major works.

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2001
Good Tolkien criticism is sadly rare. Given the amount of fan fluff that's out there, this collection of 14 essays, edited by well-established Tolkien scholars Verlyn Flieger and Carl Hostetter, comes as welcome relief. The essays, all of which are based to varying degrees on the mammoth 12-volume _History of Middle-Earth_ (hereafter abbreviated as HoME) that was recently completed by Christopher Tolkien are divided up into three main sections. Section 1 deals directly with the contents of HoME and what it tells us about Tolkien's creative processes, the history of his ideas and his constantly niggling and tweaking of them. Mostly, these essays help 'make sense' out of the complex assemblage of texts, fragments, etc., that make up HoME. One essay also considers the literary value of HoME, raising the thorny question of whether it's useful only as a scholarly tool or whether there is some actual literary merit to the drafts and fragments contained within. Section 2 is rather short and has three essays on Tolkien's invented languages, focussing on how HomE contributes to our understanding of the development of those languages. The last section deals with more conventionally literary questions, specifically examining how the material in HoME sheds light on questions about plot, influences, sources, structure, etc. A particularly insightful essay here is Paul Thomas's essay on Tolkien's narrative voices in the The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and the various drafts thereof-- noting specifically how (and speculating on why) Tolkien changed the nature of the narrative voice between drafts and final product. A few essays in this latter group revisit topics that have already been discussed near-exhaustively (e.g.Read more ›
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 22, 2001
These essays are rich in complexity and detail and are recommended for college-level students of Tolkien's writings: they discuss the history of his Middle-Earth world, from the concept of Elvish language and the structure of Elvish verse to Tolkien's lyric poetry. An excellent set of technical discussions on the inviting world of Tolkien.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Critic on November 24, 2004
The price is pretty steep for this text, and that will scare plenty of people away from buying it from a major book distributor. Still, that should not prevent them from checking it out at their local library. The contributions from various scholars are great, particularly, for me, the chapter, "Gandalf and Odin." If I can ever use it in a class, I will. Good stuff, I say.
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