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J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Mariner Books
Publication date September 8, 2002
Pages 352
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780618257591
ISBN-10 0618257594
Dimensions 1 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.85 lbs.
Original list price $22.95
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Analyzes Tolkien's 'The Hobbit,' 'The Lord of the Rings,' 'The Silmarillion,' and his lesser works, and explains how his works tie into storytelling tradition dating back to Grimms' fairy tales and 'Beowulf.'
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Recent polls have consistently declared that J.R.R. Tolkien is "the most influential author of the century," and The Lord of the Rings is "the book of the century." In support of these claims, the prominent medievalist and scholar of fantasy Professor Tom Shippey now presents us with a fascinating companion to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, focusing in particular on The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.
The core of the book examines The Lord of the Rings as a linguistic and cultural map and as a response to the meaning of myth. It presents a unique argument to explain the nature of evil and also gives the reader a compelling insight into the unparalleled level of skill necessary to construct such a rich and complex story. Shippey also examines The Hobbit, explaining the hobbits' anachronistic relationship to the heroic world of Middle-earth, and shows the fundamental importance of The Silmarillion to the canon of Tolkien's work. He offers as well an illuminating look at other, lesser-known works in their connection to Tolkien's life.


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9780618257591 | details & prices | 352 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $22.95
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