Tolkien's Ring

Tolkien's Ring

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by David Day, Alan Lee
     
 

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A reissue of the literary detective work examining Tolkien's sources and inspiration, beautifully illustrated by the lead conceptual artist for the LOTR film trilogy, of whom Peter Jackson said "His art captured what I hoped to capture with the films."
 
J. R. R. Tolkien had a great knowledge of, and love for, world

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A reissue of the literary detective work examining Tolkien's sources and inspiration, beautifully illustrated by the lead conceptual artist for the LOTR film trilogy, of whom Peter Jackson said "His art captured what I hoped to capture with the films."
 
J. R. R. Tolkien had a great knowledge of, and love for, world mythology when he wrote his beloved trilogy of Middle Earth. This authoritative work shows how The Lord of the Rings is the result of an ancient storytelling tradition that dates back to the dawn of western cultures, and how, by drawing upon the world's primary myths and legends, Tolkien created his own mythology for the 20th century. In particular, the symbol of the Ring has a rich and fascinating heritage, and just as Gandalf sets out to discover the history of the Hobbit's Ring, so the author searches out the history and descent of Tolkien's Ring, and how the Ring quest tradition first came into being among tribal peoples before written records were kept. Beautifully illustrated throughout by the acclaimed artist Alan Lee—creator of the illustrated The Lord of the Rings—this is an extraordinary journey through the most magical and potent of stories.

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From the Publisher

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781862059276
Publisher:
Pavilion Books, Limited
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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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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!