Tolkiens Ring

Tolkiens Ring

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by David Day, Alan Lee
     
 

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J.R.R. Tolkien had a great knowledge of, and love for, world mythology when he wrote his beloved trilogy of Middle Earth. In particular, the symbol of the Ring has a rich and fascinating heritage, and this beautifully illustrated literary detective work searches down Tolkien's sources and inspiration. To understand the roots of The Lord of the Rings, we must go

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J.R.R. Tolkien had a great knowledge of, and love for, world mythology when he wrote his beloved trilogy of Middle Earth. In particular, the symbol of the Ring has a rich and fascinating heritage, and this beautifully illustrated literary detective work searches down Tolkien's sources and inspiration. To understand the roots of The Lord of the Rings, we must go far back, to a tradition of ring-quest tales that came into being before the pyramids of Egypt were built, or the walls of Babylon raised. The extraordinary journey passes through the most magical stories told: Norse myths, including the Volsunga Saga; the Arthurian legends; the Carolingian tales, linked to the Holy Roman Emperor, Charlemagne; Celtic and Saxon myths; German romances, such as the Nibelungenlied; and more. By drawing on these potent primary myths and legends, Tolkien was able himself to create a new mythology for the 20th century--and beyond.

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ISBN-13:
9781586635275
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 11.46(h) x 0.81(d)

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Tolkien's Ring 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
GOOD PARTS: First of all, this book is full of beautiful illustrations. I thoroughly enjoyed the comparisons drawn between Tolkein and Norse/Icelandic sagas as well as Arthurian legends. The connections were well-researched and inspired me to go read some of the primary sources of the legends, particularly the Saga of the Volsungs. I also love Wagner and appreciated the comparisons drawn with his Ring Cycle operas which I know Tolkein admired. And I bought the book for a great price at my local B&N store. BAD PARTS: Although a lot of good research went into this book, it could have used some more careful editing as the arguments are often poorly written. Worst of all - some of the legends mentioned are VERY far removed from Tolkein's story and I doubt that they inspired him at all. Knowing that Tolkein was a Christian, I expected the Biblical legends to be quite interesting, but the author chose to write about extremely obscure MEDIEVAL MYTHS about Bible characters, nothing actually from the Bible itself - and nothing really similar to Tolkein's stories at all! I wish the author had used footnotes so I could see where he'd gotten some of his crazy ideas! A big flop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent resource book for Tolkein fans who love the mythological background and Nordic myths. A must buy!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good.
Gina04 More than 1 year ago
 An excellent resource book for any Tolkiens fan. A great way to get to know the author and his work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recomend this book to anyone who is interested in J.R.R. Tolkien's work (obviously) and worldwide mythology. Enough said. ;)
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is great for the tolkien lover who likes to delve into the background of JRRT's work. very detailed, but can get a bit philosophical. a good read for a rainy weekend
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply awsome. Wonderfully illistrated... I love this book!