Critical Companion to J.R.R. Tolkien

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Tolkien was an extremely inventive and—although much of his writing was unpublished in his lifetime—prolific author. A scholar focusing on only defining the new words, terms, and creatures in the author's most popular works, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, has undertaken a massive task. Ruud (English, Univ. of Central Arkansas; Critical Companion to Dante) has gone far beyond that. His book is divided into four major sections—a short but detailed biography of the author; synopses, critical analysis of Tolkien's published writings, and descriptions of their major characters; definitions of words as well as encyclopedia-style descriptions of additional characters and people, organizations, and events in Tolkien's life and the recent Lord of the Rings movies; and bibliographies, a list of Internet resources, and a time line. BOTTOM LINE Readers who enjoy Tolkien's most popular works as simply good novels will find that Ruud delves too deeply into their creator's world, ruining the mystery that's part of its appeal. On the other hand, serious fans of all things Tolkien will know most of the information already. To scholars and college students, however, this work will prove priceless. Its biography is shorter than the books published on Tolkien's life but more detailed than the Wikipedia entry; the second and third sections are useful crib sheets; and the fourth section provides direction to other resources.—Robert Mixner, Bartholomew Cty. P.L., Columbus, IN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816077946
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Critical Companion to Series
  • Pages: 674
  • Sales rank: 1,394,399
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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