The Lord of the Rings: The Mythology of Power

The Lord of the Rings: The Mythology of Power

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by Jane Chance, J. Chance
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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, 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805785715
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
07/28/1992
Series:
Twayne's Masterworks Studies, #99
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
140
Product dimensions:
5.33(w) x 8.45(h) x 0.46(d)

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