The Evolution of Tolkien's Mythology: A Study of the History of Middle-Earth

The Evolution of Tolkien's Mythology: A Study of the History of Middle-Earth

by Elizabeth A. Whittingham
     
 

The History of Middle-earth traces the evolution of J.R.R. Tolkien's literary world, stories, and characters from their earliest written forms to the final revisions Tolkien penned shortly before his death in 1973. Published posthumously by Tolkien's son Christopher, the extensively detailed 12-volume work allows readers to follow the development of the texts that

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The History of Middle-earth traces the evolution of J.R.R. Tolkien's literary world, stories, and characters from their earliest written forms to the final revisions Tolkien penned shortly before his death in 1973. Published posthumously by Tolkien's son Christopher, the extensively detailed 12-volume work allows readers to follow the development of the texts that eventually became Tolkien's immensely popular The Hobbit, The Lord of The Rings, The Silmarillion, and Unfinished Tales.

This work provides a thorough study of Tolkien's life and influences through an analysis of The History of Middle-earth. The work begins with a brief biography and an analysis of the major influences in Tolkien's life. Following chapters deal with elements common to Tolkien's popular works, including the cosmogony, theogony, cosmology, metaphysics, and eschatology of Middle-earth. The study also reviews some of the myths with which Tolkien was most familiar—Greek, Roman, Finnish, and Norse—and reveals the often overlapping relationship between mythology, biblical stories, and Tolkien's popular works.

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Editorial Reviews

SFRA Review
a most valuable...handbook
Tolkien Studies
relatively little attention has been focused on the twelve volumes of The History of Middle-earth...a very useful teaching and reference tool...stresses the enormous role that Tolkien's readers had in prompting him to rethink, revise and refine some of the more complex elements of his mythology
SEVEN
an excellent 'primer' for those who found The History of Middle-earth itself intimidating. It is to be hoped that others will follow her fine example

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786432813
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Series:
Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy Series, #7
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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