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Written during the rise of Nazi Germany and the subsequent world war, J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings chronicles the war against a Dark Lord whose mission is the domination of Middle-earth. Revised and significantly expanded for a new generation of Tolkien readers, Jane Chance's classic guide to the Lord of the Rings series explores its "mythology of power" by placing the epic within the twentieth-century context of Tolkien's life and times. By examining the interrelationships among themes of power, language, ...
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Overview

Written during the rise of Nazi Germany and the subsequent world war, J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings chronicles the war against a Dark Lord whose mission is the domination of Middle-earth. Revised and significantly expanded for a new generation of Tolkien readers, Jane Chance's classic guide to the Lord of the Rings series explores its "mythology of power" by placing the epic within the twentieth-century context of Tolkien's life and times. By examining the interrelationships among themes of power, language, and politics, Chance argues that the popularity of the trilogy stems from its celebration of the individual differences of the marginalized and disenfranchised, typified in the insignificant figure of the hobbit as Everyman.
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"An interesting examination of themes like the value of language and the corrupting effects of a will to power." — (Oshawa, Ont.) Artsforum

"Chance's companion volumes on Tolkien are brilliantly written and critically significant. Her understanding of his works is profound, and she convincingly confirms him as a major writer of the 20th century." — Kritikon Litterarum

"Both provocative and stimulating... provides a rewarding exploration of that web of relationships which defines Middle-earth." — Robert A. Collins, Florida Atlantic University

"The author has taken a complex and convoluted masterpiece and dissected it in a clear and concise style. Fans of Tolkien's classic will welcome it." — School Library Journal

"Presents a strong case for Tolkien as a mainstream contemporary writer." — Seven

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805785715
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 7/28/1992
  • Series: Twayne's Masterworks Studies , #99
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Note on the References and Acknowledgments
Chronology: J. R. R. Tolkien's Life and Works
1 Introduction: A Voice for the Dispossessed 1
2 "Queer" Hobbits: The Problem of Difference in the Shire 26
3 The Political Hobbit: The Fellowship of the Ring 38
4 Knowledge, Language, and Power: The Two Towers 59
5 Power and the Community: The Return of the King 95
6 Conclusion: Heroic Narrative and the Power of Structure 128
Notes 139
An Annotated Bibliography: Recommended Works by and about Tolkien 145
About the Author 153
Index 155
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