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The Road to Middle-Earth: How J.R.R. Tolken Created a New Mythology
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Mariner Books
Publication date June 24, 2003
Pages 398
Binding Paperback
Edition Rev exp su
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780618257607
ISBN-10 0618257608
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.90 lbs.
Original list price $24.95
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The author draws on his own knowledge of Anglo-Saxon and on his friendship with J. R. R. Tolkien to reveal the sources of the inspiration, magic, and enchantment of Tolkien's Middle-earth books, examining not only The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but also The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales to the myth cycle. Reprint.
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The Road to Middle-earth, Tom Shippey’s classic work, now revised in paperback, explores J.R.R. Tolkien’s creativity and the sources of his inspiration. Shippey shows in detail how Tolkien’s professional background led him to write The Hobbit and how he created a timeless charm for millions of readers. Examining the foundation of Tolkien’s most popular work, The Lord of the Rings, Shippey also discusses the contribution of The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales to Tolkien’s great myth cycle, showing how Tolkien’s more “difficult” books can be fully appreciated. He goes on to examine the remarkable twelve-volume History of Middle-earth, written by Tolkien’s son and literary heir Christopher Tolkien, which traces the creative and technical processes by which Middle-earth evolved.

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9780618257607 | details & prices | 398 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.25 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $24.95
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