Untangling Tolkien: A Chronology and Commentary for The Lord of the Rings

Untangling Tolkien: A Chronology and Commentary for The Lord of the Rings

by Michael W. Perry
     
 

Here is the book that Tolkien fans have needed for half a century--a detailed, book-length chronology of J. R. R. Tolkien's complex tale. Whether you are a serious Tolkien fan or simply someone who enjoys reading the story over and over again, this is the book for you. It's the first totally new reference for The Lord of the Rings since the

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Here is the book that Tolkien fans have needed for half a century--a detailed, book-length chronology of J. R. R. Tolkien's complex tale. Whether you are a serious Tolkien fan or simply someone who enjoys reading the story over and over again, this is the book for you. It's the first totally new reference for The Lord of the Rings since the 1970s.

Beginning over 1400 years before the major events in Tolkien's epic, it describes, year-by-year, the amazing and imaginative background history that Tolkien created for his masterpiece. Then for the main narrative, it becomes a day-by-day reference, describing what each character does on that day and all the places where those events are described in Tolkien's writings. You can find out, for instance, what Merry and Pippin are doing as Sam perpares rabbit stew on the morning of March 7.

Probe deeper into Tolkien. See why someone as serious as Gandalf was interested in fun-loving Hobbits. Discover an exciting new plot, based on Tolkien's notes, that begins when Aragorn captures Gollum. Follow along as the Black Riders and Gandalf race for the Shire. Decide for yourself whether Sauron and the Ring have any ties to Hitler and Stalin. Explore what Tolkien believed about nature and technology.

A few facts illustrate how helpful this chronology is. Most of narrative is a deliberately confusing sea of next days and third days that leave readers as confused as the tale's main characters.The middle 60 percent of The Lord of the Rings gives the current date only once. In the narrative as a whole, the date is given only 23 times, or once for every 43 pages, and most of those come when the plot is moving slowly. That's why those who want to dig deeper and understand better what Tolkien was saying will find this book a must-have.


It also includes this commentary:
"Tolkien's Heroes"
"More about the Inklings"
"Blending the Northern with the Mediterranean"
"Phases of the Moon"
"Tolkien's Natural World"
"The Significance of the Ring"
"Tolkien and Lewis"
"No Generation Gap"
"The Testing of Hobbits"
"A Different Tale"
"A Duty to Disobey"
"The Humanity of Ancient People"
"Tolkien, War and Cynicism"
"Tolkien and Technology"
"Gondor's Pony Express"
"More than Chance"
"Tolkien's Writing Interrupted"
"Tolkien's Chronology in Shelob's Lair"
"Freedom or Slavery"
"The Ring and Totalitarianism"
"Different Reactions to Sauron"
"Tolkien and 'Lunatic' Aryan Myths"
"Black and White in Tolkien"
"Never Absent and Never Named"
"Tolkien's Outline of the Book"
"A Quick Reference to Important Dates"

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587420191
Publisher:
Inkling Books
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
1,195,527
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.53(d)

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