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Tolkien's Ring

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2003

    Great parts and some awful parts

    GOOD PARTS: First of all, this book is full of beautiful illustrations. I thoroughly enjoyed the comparisons drawn between Tolkein and Norse/Icelandic sagas as well as Arthurian legends. The connections were well-researched and inspired me to go read some of the primary sources of the legends, particularly the Saga of the Volsungs. I also love Wagner and appreciated the comparisons drawn with his Ring Cycle operas which I know Tolkein admired. And I bought the book for a great price at my local B&N store. BAD PARTS: Although a lot of good research went into this book, it could have used some more careful editing as the arguments are often poorly written. Worst of all - some of the legends mentioned are VERY far removed from Tolkein's story and I doubt that they inspired him at all. Knowing that Tolkein was a Christian, I expected the Biblical legends to be quite interesting, but the author chose to write about extremely obscure MEDIEVAL MYTHS about Bible characters, nothing actually from the Bible itself - and nothing really similar to Tolkein's stories at all! I wish the author had used footnotes so I could see where he'd gotten some of his crazy ideas! A big flop.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2002

    Excellent

    This is an excellent resource book for Tolkein fans who love the mythological background and Nordic myths. A must buy!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2014

     An excellent resource book for any Tolkiens fan. A great way to

     An excellent resource book for any Tolkiens fan. A great way to get to know the author and his work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2003

    Pretty darn good...

    I highly recomend this book to anyone who is interested in J.R.R. Tolkien's work (obviously) and worldwide mythology. Enough said. ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2000

    great for tolkien fanatics!

    this book is great for the tolkien lover who likes to delve into the background of JRRT's work. very detailed, but can get a bit philosophical. a good read for a rainy weekend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2000

    Awsome

    Simply awsome. Wonderfully illistrated... I love this book!

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