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Posted January 29, 2004
Why this book has not been reprinted, especially now that The Lord of the Rings has taken on new popularity with three major films, is beyond comprehension. It is a book that will help explain to the serious-minded WHY they like Tolkien's stories as much as they do. It delves into the psychology of these stories connecting them closely to the analytical theories of Carl Jung. This is an extraordinary interpretation, but it is not for the Tolkien novice. To appreciate the book to its fullest extent one should have read The Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and The Silmarillion. If you are a serious Tolkien fan, you will not find a better interpretation anywhere before or since that better explains your love for Middle Earth. If you are unaware of Carl Jung's theory of the collective unconscious and archetypes, you will be enlightened.
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