J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century

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HMH, Feb 21, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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The definitive Tolkien companion—an indispensable guide to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and more, from the author of The Road to Middle-earth.
 
This “highly erudite celebration and exploration of Tolkien’s works [is] enormous fun,” declared the Houston Chronicle, and Tom Shippey, a prominent medievalist and scholar of fantasy, “deepens your understanding” without “making you forget your initial, purely instinctive response to Middle-earth and hobbits.”
 
In a clear and accessible style, Shippey offers a new approach to Tolkien, to fantasy, and to the importance of language in literature. He breaks down The Lord of the Rings as a linguistic feast for the senses and as a response to the human instinct for myth. Elsewhere, he examines The Hobbit’s counterintuitive relationship to the heroic world of Middle-earth; demonstrates the significance of The Silmarillion to Tolkien’s canon; and takes an illuminating look at lesser-known works in connection with Tolkien’s life. Furthermore, he ties all these strands together in a continuing tradition that traces its roots back through Grimms’ Fairy Tales to Beowulf.
 
“Shippey’s commentary is the best so far in elucidating Tolkien’s lovely myth,” wrote Harper’s Magazine. J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century is “a triumph” (Chicago Sun-Times) that not only gives readers a deeper understanding of Tolkien and his work, but also serves as an entertaining introduction to some of the most influential novels ever written.
 

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I should, in the interests of transparency, declare an interest before proceeding to review this wonderful book. Back in the mists of time, while I was an undergraduate at Leeds University, Professor ... Read full review

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Contents

REINVENTING MIDDLEEARTH
MAPPING OUT A PLOT
CONCEPTS OF EVIL
THE MYTHIC DIMENSION
THE WORK OF HIS HEART
DOUBTS FEARS AUTOBIOGRAPHIES
THE FOLLOWERS AND THE CRITICS
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Back Cover
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About the author (2014)

Tom Shippey taught at Oxford University at the same time as J.R.R. Tolkien and with the same syllabus, which gives him an intimate familiarity with the works that fueled Tolkien’s imagination. He subsequently held the chair of English language and medieval literature at Leeds University that Tolkien had previously held.

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