Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien

Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien

by Matthew T. Dickerson, Jonathan Evans
     
 

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With a Foreword by John Elder and an Afterword by Tom Shippey Though not often recognized as environmental or agrarian literature, the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien demonstrate a complex and comprehensive ecological philosophy. The ecology of Middle-earth portrayed in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion brings together three potent and convincing

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With a Foreword by John Elder and an Afterword by Tom Shippey Though not often recognized as environmental or agrarian literature, the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien demonstrate a complex and comprehensive ecological philosophy. The ecology of Middle-earth portrayed in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion brings together three potent and convincing elements of preservation and conservation--sustainable agriculture and agrarianism, horticulture independent of utilitarianism, and protection of unspoiled wilderness. Throughout his work, Tolkien reveals his vision of the natural world and environmental responsibility. Ents, Elves, and Eriador examines the underlying environmental philosophy in Tolkien's major works as well as his lesser-known stories and essays. Matthew Dickerson and Jonathan Evans evaluate Tolkien's writing, especially his Middle-earth legendarium, in the context of modern environmental literature. The authors compare Tolkien's work with that of some of the most important environmental scholars and nature writers of the past century, including Wendell Berry, John Elder, Aldo Leopold, and Scott Sanders, highlighting Tolkien's intellectual depth. A vital contribution to environmental literature and an important addition to Tolkien scholarship, Ents, Elves, and Eriador offers all fans of Tolkien a new way to understand his writings.

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"Ents, Elves, and Eriador should...be praised for drawing attention to the multifaceted portrayal of the natural world in Tolkien's work."— Folklore" —

"It is an enjoyable and intellectually valuable read for its detailed examination of the landscape cultures of Middle-earth and their liminal overlapping of one another."— Studies in Medieval & Renaissnace Teaching" —

"Does much to show why Tolkein should be recognized as one of those who laid the foundations for and formed the environmental movement as we know it today."— Mallorn" —

"Dickerson and Evans provide a valuable discussion of concepts of stewardship as figured by Gandalf, Treebeard, Sam, Galadriel, and various kings and leaders, and how such examples bridge our inner world of fantasy and what we think of as the outer world of reality."— Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching" —

"A fine introduction to Tolkein's environmental achievement."— Flourish Book Review" —

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813138381
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
11/17/2006
Series:
Culture of the Land
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
804,683
File size:
2 MB

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