Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays

Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays

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by Jason Fisher
     
 

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Source criticism—analysis of a writer's source material—has emerged as one of the most popular approaches in exploring the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. Since Tolkien drew from many disparate sources, an understanding of these sources, as well as how and why he incorporated them, can enhance readers' appreciation. This set of new essays by leading Tolkien

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Source criticism—analysis of a writer's source material—has emerged as one of the most popular approaches in exploring the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. Since Tolkien drew from many disparate sources, an understanding of these sources, as well as how and why he incorporated them, can enhance readers' appreciation. This set of new essays by leading Tolkien scholars describes the theory and methodology for proper source criticism and provides practical demonstrations of the approach.

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Midwest Book Review
an intriguing work that provides another angle on one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century
Beyond Bree
well-written and well-edited volume...excellent...can serve as a how-to guide for both research and writing
Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts
the collection will be of interest to scholars and dedicated readers of Tolkien...the essays are well documented

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786464821
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/22/2011
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Jason Fisher is an independent scholar specializing in J.R.R. Tolkien, the Inklings, and Medieval Germanic philology. He is also the editor of Mythprint, the monthly publication of The Mythopoeic Society, and has written for Tolkien Studies, Mythlore, Beyond Bree, North Wind, Renaissance, and other publications.

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Tolkien and the Study of His Sources : Critical Essays 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Bookhobbit More than 1 year ago
Since Tolkien didn¿t care for source criticism, or people spending hours trying to decide where he got his ideas, it seems strange that this book should come together. The author makes it clear from the beginning that there is indeed value in wondering what influences might have been present when Tolkien wrote his most famous work. One of the most valid reasons to me is that the time period has changed, education has changed, and the world has changed. We aren¿t as familiar today with the literature of Tolkien¿s lifetime as he was, for example. If for no other reason than this one, it is worthwhile considering source criticism. With that in mind, I set off to read this book. Some of the essays are better than others. A couple of them are little more than endless comparisons between various works of Tolkien and obscure writers that may have been familiar to Tolkien. It is interesting in one respect: these writers are unknown to most of us today, so I suppose there is value in learning a little about them. The last essay, "Biography as Source", is the one that I enjoyed the most. These essays are not light reads; I suspect they are geared more for the Tolkien scholar rather than those of us who enjoy Tolkien's work for what it is. But, if I am understanding Tolkien correctly, he intended only that we enjoy Middle Earth and not try to second-guess how it came into being.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago