- Paperback: 215 pages
- Publisher: McFarland (April 21, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786448148
- ISBN-13: 978-0786448142
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,974,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Middle-earth Minstrel: Essays on Music in Tolkien Paperback – April 21, 2010
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"Clearly a labor of love...well researched, well written...excellent essays...a strong contribution to the field of Tolkien studies...highly useful...worthwhile reading." --Mythlore
"Lee Eden has done Tolkien fans a great service by drawing our attention to the substantive presence of music within Tolkien's novels themselves." --Seven.
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The twentieth century witnessed a dramatic rise in fantasy writing and few works became as popular or have endured as long as the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien. Surprisingly, little critical attention has been paid to the presence of music in his novels. This collection of essays explores the multitude of musical-literary allusions and themes intertwined throughout Tolkien's body of work. Of particular interest is Tolkien's scholarly work with medieval music and its presentation and performance practice, as well as the musical influences of his Victorian and Edwardian background. Discographies of Tolkien-influenced music of the 20th and 21st centuries are included.
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Overall somewhat interesting, but not what I had expected nor wanted. If I had had a change to review before I purchased, I would not have bought it, especially since it was $38.
For those interested, the chapters touch on some of the following topics: alliterative verse, phonaesthetics, "songs of exile", rhythm, "Lay of Lúthien", Middle English, the potential origins of Elvish song in Victorian Medievalism, the Silmarillion, and a few of Tolkien's musical influences. I highly recommend this book to Tolkien lovers, but especially interdisciplinarians. Be prepared for some serious, scholarly discussion. Well worth the whopping $38.