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The Origins of Tolkien's Middle-earth For Dummies

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2007

    Good with Tolkien's Details, but not with Tolkien's Themes

    A well-written and informative introduction to Middle-earth, but sadly the product of an author bending a classic to his will. Other authors using Tolkien's works as a springboard for religious conversation entitle their books accordingly. If I buy a book called, 'Finding God in the Lord of the Rings,' I know what to expect. Not so with Harvey. Better to call the book, 'Finding Comparative Religion and Philosophy in Tolkien's Middle-earth.' Harvey calls his approach 'hermeneutics', which is as useful to the analysis of Middle-earth themes as a bicycle is to a fish and serves to tarnish the bright silver themes Tolkien wove into the narrative. To better understand Tolkien's themes, read Tolkien's letters. Harvey drops hints throughout the book, reaching his thematic climax on pg. 232, second paragraph. In trying to write an essay open to all, he dilutes his argument fatally. Buy this book for the evocative cover, or the well-written and valuable arrangement of information about Tolkien's people, places, and things. The charts and illustrations will illuminate the character relationships and Middle-earth geography. It does all that VERY VERY WELL!!! But if you're looking for clarification of Tolkien's thematic approach, go to his Letters. Namarie!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Dragon Mountains

    (( i will post here whenever we get more ppl))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2015

    Sucks

    Waste of money

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Great!

    Very helpful when reading The Lord of the Rings.

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

    Awesome

    Awesome

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2005

    What a life-saver!

    I can never seem to find the time to read the literature I really want to. For years friends would tell me what I was missing in such classics as 'Lord of the Rings' and 'the Hobbit'. Thankfully, with the advent of this genius title, I won't have to read those classics anymore! Why slog through all that flowery prose when all I really wanted was cold, hard facts about an imaginary universe?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2003

    Tolken

    It really inspires you toward the magic, and beauty of middle earth.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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