A Question of Time: J. R. R. Tolkien's Road to Faërië

A Question of Time: J. R. R. Tolkien's Road to Faërië

by Verlyn Flieger
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbitt, The Lord of the Rings, and Silmarillion have long been recognized as among the most popular fiction of the twentieth century, and most critical analysis of Tolkien has centered on these novels. Granted access by the Tolkien estate and the Bodleian Library in Oxford to Tolkien's unpublished writings, Verlyn Flieger uses them here to shed…  See more details below

Overview

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbitt, The Lord of the Rings, and Silmarillion have long been recognized as among the most popular fiction of the twentieth century, and most critical analysis of Tolkien has centered on these novels. Granted access by the Tolkien estate and the Bodleian Library in Oxford to Tolkien's unpublished writings, Verlyn Flieger uses them here to shed new light on his better known works, revealing a new dimension of his fictive vision and giving added depth of meaning to his writing. Tolkien's concern with time - past and present, real and "faerie" - captures the wonder and peril of travel into other worlds, other times, other modes of consciousness. Reading his work, we "fall wide asleep" into a dream more real than ordinary waking experience, and emerge with a new perception of the waking world. Flieger explores Tolkien's use of dream as time-travel in his unfinished stories The Lost Road and The Notion Club Papers as well as in The Lord of the Rings and his shorter fiction and poetry. Analyzing Tolkien's treatment of time and time-travel, Flieger shows that he was not just a mythmaker and writer of escapist fantasy but a man whose relationship to his own century was troubled and critical. He achieved in his fiction a double perspective of time that enabled him to see in the mirror of the past the clouded reflection of the present.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Flieger (English, U. of Maryland) examines Tolkien's unpublished writing to add dimension to his popular fantasies , , and . She focuses on his concern with time and his use of dream as time travel in such unfinished stories as The Lost Road and The Notion Club Papers and in his better known fiction. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873386999
Publisher:
Kent State University Press
Publication date:
02/21/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
286
Sales rank:
964,186
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >