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Master of the Rings: Inside the World of J.R. Tolkien Paperback – January 25, 2003
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Tolkien's other main works are covered -- such as "The Silmarillion" and "The Hobbit" -- these two leading into LOTR. Susan Ang is great at balancing general and specific coverage of LOTR and other works -- which seems spot-on as Tolkien writes with Wheels-within-Wheels -- from The Big Picture, thru levels of rich aspects, down to small-scene detail. Tolkien's ideals and ideas are finely presented. Susan Ang has primary coverage of the great influence of LOTR on other works of imagination as well as the great influences on Tolkien and LOTR -- such as the LOTR cinematic Saga.
"The Master of the Rings" is a quite unbiased look into Tolkien's World -- remarking upon Tolkien's Catholic background as well as Heathen influences -- linguistics and languages as well as traditional sagas -- and upon support of Western Civilization as well as distrust of over-industrialization. Susan Ang has created this work in an organic pattern that closely follows its table of contents and well-chosen subtopic titles. In addition, the four appendices, bibliography and references are all well-and-good. All of the above make "The Master of the Rings" a Master Key of the Rings +++