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The ring has been an ever-powerful, ever-present symbol in world mythologies and religions. A tradition of ring-quest tales came into being before the pyramids of Egypt were built, or the walls of Babylon raised. While the glorious civilization of Greece and the mighty Roman Empire rose and fell, that tradition lived on. It survived the fall of the pagan gods; and the rise of Buddha, Mohammed and Christ.

Tolkien's Ring is a literary detective work about JRR Tolkien's inspiration...

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Overview

The ring has been an ever-powerful, ever-present symbol in world mythologies and religions. A tradition of ring-quest tales came into being before the pyramids of Egypt were built, or the walls of Babylon raised. While the glorious civilization of Greece and the mighty Roman Empire rose and fell, that tradition lived on. It survived the fall of the pagan gods; and the rise of Buddha, Mohammed and Christ.

Tolkien's Ring is a literary detective work about JRR Tolkien's inspiration and sources. It shows how The Lord of the Rings is the result of an ancient story-telling tradition that dates back to the dawn of western culture; and how, by drawing upon the world's primary myths and legends, JRR Tolkien created his own mythology for our times.

Beautifully illustrated throughout, Tolkien's Ring is an extraordinary journey through the most magical and potent stories the people of our world have ever told one another.

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"A mighty achievement, effectively described and celebrated in this lavish, handsomely presented volume."  —Times Educational Supplement

"Day's enthusiasm is infectious, and he concisely retells the myths he examines with some verve."  —SFX Magazine

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Anyone familiar with J.R.R. Tolkien's epic tale, The Lord of the Rings, knows the literary merits of this wonderful adventure fantasy. Yet, interestingly, Tolkien's overriding ambition was not to write a great story, but rather to create an entire mythological system for the English people. With its intricate mix of legend and lore, archetype and symbol, the trilogy awoke something deep in human consciousness through its universal language of mythic images. In this book, David Day delves into the inspirations and sources for the Ring stories, exploring an ancient storytelling tradition that dates back to the dawn of Western culture and encompasses Norse mythology, Arthurian legend, Celtic and Saxon myths, the classical tradition, German romance, and Biblical tales, as well as specific works like the medieval epic, the Nibelungenlied, and Wagner's operatic adaptation, The Ring of the Nibelung. Alan Lee's evocative color and black-and-white illustrations capture the magic of these mythic characters and themes with a particular grace and elegance. 8 1/2" x 11".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781862053595
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square
  • Publication date: 4/1/1900

Meet the Author

David Day is the author of more than 20 books, including Guide to Tolkien's World, Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopaedia, and A Tolkien Bestiary. Alan Lee is a lead conceptual artist for the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, and a recipient of the Academy Award for Best Art Direction for his work on The Return of the King. He illustrated The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook and the centenary editions of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Children of Húrin. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2003

    Great parts and some awful parts

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2002

    Excellent

    This is an excellent resource book for Tolkein fans who love the mythological background and Nordic myths. A must buy!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2014

     An excellent resource book for any Tolkiens fan. A great way to

     An excellent resource book for any Tolkiens fan. A great way to get to know the author and his work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2003

    Pretty darn good...

    I highly recomend this book to anyone who is interested in J.R.R. Tolkien's work (obviously) and worldwide mythology. Enough said. ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2000

    great for tolkien fanatics!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2000

    Awsome

    Simply awsome. Wonderfully illistrated... I love this book!

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