J.R.R. Tolkien (Headway Guides for Beginners): A Beginner's Guide

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Examining the novels and other writings, Andrew Blake shows how J.R.R. Tolkien's mastery of language, his establishment of a fully-fledged alternative mythology, and his brave way of looking at difficult questions have helped to inaugurate a new way of writing which re-established "fantasy" as a late 20th century genre.

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Overview

Examining the novels and other writings, Andrew Blake shows how J.R.R. Tolkien's mastery of language, his establishment of a fully-fledged alternative mythology, and his brave way of looking at difficult questions have helped to inaugurate a new way of writing which re-established "fantasy" as a late 20th century genre.

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Curriculum Connections
This accessible introduction offers concise information about the author's life and writings as well as critique.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Tolkien's novels have long held special appeal to students and this accessible introduction offers concise information about the author's life and writings as well as critique. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340857977
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: A Beginner's Guide
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book ix
Begin reading the author ix
How to approach unfamiliar or difficult texts ix
Vocabulary x
Summary x
Chapter 1 Why Read J.R.R. Tolkien? 1
Summary 3
Chapter 2 Approaching Tolkien's Work 4
Where should I begin? 4
Summary 6
Chapter 3 Tolkien's Life, Work and Legacy 7
An uneventful life 7
Philology--Tolkien's profession 8
Tolkien's literary influences 9
Tolkien at Oxford 11
Tolkien and the twentieth century 12
Tolkien's legacy: literature and beyond 14
Summary 16
Chapter 4 The Major Themes 17
Making the mythology 17
Rewriting the hero 18
A multicultural mythology 19
The long defeat 20
Mythology and Christianity 21
Love and charity 23
The Green Man 25
Summary 28
Chapter 5 The Major Works 29
The Hobbit 29
The Lord of the Rings 32
The Silmarillion 39
The short stories 43
Summary 45
Chapter 6 Tolkien's Other Work 46
A great poem 46
The public scholar 48
A secret vice 50
The story writer 51
Summary 53
Chapter 7 The Master and the Critics 54
Realism and modernism 55
The wrong type of fantasy? 57
Tolkien the conservative? 60
In defence of fantasy 64
The Christian view 65
Readers as critics 67
Tolkien the radical? 67
Summary 69
Chapter 8 Where to Next? 70
Read Tolkien's work 70
Read Tolkien's sources 70
Read the experts 70
Read Tolkien's contemporaries 71
Read recent fantasy writers 72
Join the Tolkien society 72
Tolkien on the Internet 72
Chronology of Major Works 74
Glossary 75
Further Reading 77
Index 79
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