Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth

Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth

by Verlyn Flieger, Carl F. Hostetter
     
 

As a scholar of medieval languages and literature, J.R.R. Tolkien brought to his fiction an intense interest in myth and legend. When he died in 1973, he left behind a vast body of unpublished material related to his fictive mythology. Now edited and published as The History of Middle-earth by his son and literary executor, Christopher Tolkien, these 12

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As a scholar of medieval languages and literature, J.R.R. Tolkien brought to his fiction an intense interest in myth and legend. When he died in 1973, he left behind a vast body of unpublished material related to his fictive mythology. Now edited and published as The History of Middle-earth by his son and literary executor, Christopher Tolkien, these 12 volumes provide a record of the growth of J.R.R. Tolkien's mythology from its beginnings in 1917 to the time of his death more than 50 years later. The material in these volumes offers an unparalleled insight into Tolkien's process of myth-making and is a guide to the world of his literary works. This book is the first comprehensive critical examination of Christopher Tolkien's compilation of his father's Middle-earth legends.

An opening essay by Rayner Unwin, Tolkien's publisher for many years, surveys the publication history of the collection. The essays that follow, each written by an expert contributor, explore a wide range of topics related to The History of Middle-earth. Included are discussions of Tolkien's languages, the evolution of his vision over time, the shifting importance of central characters, and the effect of his mythology on The Lord of the Rings. By exploring this mythological compendium, the volume sheds further light on the entire body of J.R.R. Tolkien's works and is a valuable resource for all readers interested in his writings.

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The 14 essays consider and draw from the 12-volume published between 1983 and 1996, in which Christopher Tolkien has collected fragments and unpublished work relating to his father J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy series . Among the topics are the construction of The Silmarillion, the conceptual evolution of an Elvish language, some of Tolkien's narrators, the footsteps of Aelfwine, and Gandalf and Odin. A bibliography of Christopher Tolkien is also provided. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
These essays are rich in complexity and detail and are recommended for college-level students of Tolkien's writings: they discuss the history of his Middle-Earth world, from the concept of Elvish language and the structure of Elvish verse to Tolkien's lyric poetry. An excellent set of technical discussions on the inviting world of Tolkien.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313305306
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/30/2000
Series:
Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy Series
Pages:
298
Sales rank:
714,749
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile:
1410L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

VERLYN FLIEGER is Professor of English at the University of Maryland, where she teaches courses in Tolkien, Medieval Literature, Comparative Mythology, and Fantasy and Science Fiction./e She is the author of two books on Tolkien and has published articles on Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, Austin Tappan Wright, and E.R. Eddison.

CARL F. HOSTETTER is a computer scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. His chief scholarly interest of the past 15 years has been the invented languages of J.R.R. Tolkien, and he has edited a journal devoted to the subject, Vinyar Tengwar, since 1989. He is also a member of a project to order, transcribe, and edit Tolkien's unpublished linguistic papers.

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