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Posted December 8, 2004
Prof. Jones is obviously an accomplished scholar of mythology and folklore, which is a necessity for delving into Tolkien's sources and insprirations. What makes this book outstandingly readable is her entertaining style, giving the non-academic reader a beautifully wrought background that will only deepen any Tolkien fan's appreciation of his Middle Earth works. Our Tolkien Fellowship book club, composed of members of diverse backgrounds, found it fascinating and very easy to understand and enjoy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2002
I have been waiting for a book like this for years! I wanted a compact read tracing Tolkien's mythical sources of inspiration, and here it is. There are longer, more academic books that cover some of the same ground, particularly Tom Shippey's The Road to Middle-earth, but this book focuses much more on the Celtic myths than I've seen before in print. There's also a good summary of Tolkien's life, showing how he came to be interested in mythology and languages, and how these interests shaped the worlds he created in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. For anyone who wants to take a good look behind the myths that made Middle-earth, this is the book to read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.