Middle-earth Minstrel: Essays on Music in Tolkien

Middle-earth Minstrel: Essays on Music in Tolkien

by Bradford Lee Eden
     
 

The twentieth century witnessed a dramatic rise in fantasy writing and few works became as popular or have endured as long as the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien. Surprisingly, little critical attention has been paid to the presence of music in his novels. This collection of essays explores the multitude of musical-literary allusions and themes intertwined throughout

Overview

The twentieth century witnessed a dramatic rise in fantasy writing and few works became as popular or have endured as long as the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien. Surprisingly, little critical attention has been paid to the presence of music in his novels. This collection of essays explores the multitude of musical-literary allusions and themes intertwined throughout Tolkien's body of work. Of particular interest is Tolkien's scholarly work with medieval music and its presentation and performance practice, as well as the musical influences of his Victorian and Edwardian background. Discographies of Tolkien-influenced music of the 20th and 21st centuries are included.

Editorial Reviews

Mythlore
clearly a labor of love...well researched, well written...excellent essays...a strong contribution to the field of Tolkien studies...highly useful...worthwhile reading
Seven
"Lee Eden has done Tolkien fans a great service by drawing our attention to the substantive presence of music within Tolkien's novels themselves"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786448142
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/08/2010
Series:
Genre/SF & Fantasy
Pages:
215
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Bradford Lee Eden is Dean of Library Services at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.

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