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The Origins of Tolkien's Middle-earth For Dummies
     

The Origins of Tolkien's Middle-earth For Dummies

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by Greg Harvey
 

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J.R.R. Tolkien's novels of Middle-earth – The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and The Silmarillian – have become some of the most famous, and most beloved, literary works of the twentieth century. And the Lord of the Rings films by director Peter Jackson have re-ignited interest in Tolkien and his

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J.R.R. Tolkien's novels of Middle-earth – The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and The Silmarillian – have become some of the most famous, and most beloved, literary works of the twentieth century. And the Lord of the Rings films by director Peter Jackson have re-ignited interest in Tolkien and his works, as well as introduced his stories to a new generation of fans.

Even if you've never read the novels and have only seen the films, you know that the world of Middle-earth is a complicated one. Tolkien took great care in representing this world, from creating new languages to including very particular cultural details that add to the richness of the world's fabric. Many other books have been written about Tolkien and his works, but none have come close to providing the kind of reference needed to comprehend the world of Middle-earth. That's what veteran Dummies author and unabashed Tolkien fan Greg Harvey attempts to do in The Origins of Tolkien's Middle-earth For Dummies.

As the author says in his introduction to the book, this is not an encyclopedia or quick guide to all the diverse beings, languages, and history that make up Tolkien's Middle-earth. Nor is it a set of plot outlines for the novels. Rather, what you'll find in The Origins of Tolkien's Middle-earth For Dummies is a basic guide to some of the possible linguistic and mythological origins of Middle-earth, plus a rudimentary analysis of its many themes and lessons for our world. This book can help enrich your reading (or re-reading) of Tolkien's novels, and it will challenge you to think about the themes inherent in Tolkien's Middle-earth and their implications in your own life.

Here's just a sampling of the topics you'll find covered in The Origins of Tolkien's Middle-earth For Dummies:

  • Exploring the main themes in Tolkien's works, including immortality and death; the heroic quest; love; fate and free will; and faith and redemption
  • Investigating the diverse lands of Middle-earth – including the Shire, Gondor, and Mordor – and their significance
  • Examining the different cultures of Middle-earth, such as Hobbits, Elves, Men, and those wily Wizards
  • Touring the history of Middle-earth
  • Understanding Tolkien's creation of new languages to enrich the story of Middle-earth
  • Top Ten lists on the battles in the War of the Ring, online resources, and the ways the films differ from the novels

So, whether you're reading Tolkien's novels or watching the films for the first time, or you've been a fan for many years and are looking for a new take on Tolkien's works, The Origins of Tolkien's Middle-earth For Dummies can help you enhance your reading or viewing experience for years to come.

Editorial Reviews

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"...a great book...helps readers make sense of the creatures, language, geography and richly-detailed history of Middle earth..." (Shields Gazette, Dec 03)

"...a mine of information-a must-have for anyone interested in exploring the epic tales of the four ages of Middle earth..." (Dundee Evening Telegraph and Post, Dec 03)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118068984
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/27/2011
Series:
For Dummies Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
360
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Greg Harvey is a language scholar who has traced the roots of Tolkien's work in European folklore and pre-Christian religious beliefs. He has studied 12 languages, including Elvish, Latin, and Anglo-Saxon.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
A well-written and informative introduction to Middle-earth, but sadly the product of an author bending a classic to his will. Other authors using Tolkien's works as a springboard for religious conversation entitle their books accordingly. If I buy a book called, 'Finding God in the Lord of the Rings,' I know what to expect. Not so with Harvey. Better to call the book, 'Finding Comparative Religion and Philosophy in Tolkien's Middle-earth.' Harvey calls his approach 'hermeneutics', which is as useful to the analysis of Middle-earth themes as a bicycle is to a fish and serves to tarnish the bright silver themes Tolkien wove into the narrative. To better understand Tolkien's themes, read Tolkien's letters. Harvey drops hints throughout the book, reaching his thematic climax on pg. 232, second paragraph. In trying to write an essay open to all, he dilutes his argument fatally. Buy this book for the evocative cover, or the well-written and valuable arrangement of information about Tolkien's people, places, and things. The charts and illustrations will illuminate the character relationships and Middle-earth geography. It does all that VERY VERY WELL!!! But if you're looking for clarification of Tolkien's thematic approach, go to his Letters. Namarie!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waste of money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very helpful when reading The Lord of the Rings.
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Manny Condas More than 1 year ago
Awesome
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can never seem to find the time to read the literature I really want to. For years friends would tell me what I was missing in such classics as 'Lord of the Rings' and 'the Hobbit'. Thankfully, with the advent of this genius title, I won't have to read those classics anymore! Why slog through all that flowery prose when all I really wanted was cold, hard facts about an imaginary universe?
Guest More than 1 year ago
It really inspires you toward the magic, and beauty of middle earth.