Perilous Realms: Celtic and Norse in Tolkien's Middle-Earth

Perilous Realms: Celtic and Norse in Tolkien's Middle-Earth

by Majorie Burns

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Perilous Realms: Celtic and Norse in Tolkien's Middle-Earth by Majorie Burns

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) is increasingly recognized as the most influential writer of the twentieth century. Sales of his books remain exceptionally high, and Middle-earth fan clubs flourish around the world. The massive success of the film versions made of The Lord of the Rings, and released between 2001 and 2003, have only added to his popularity.

Throughout his life, Tolkien was acutely aware of the power of myth in shaping society; so much so, that one of his earliest ambitions as a writer was to create a mythology for England. The Middle-earth of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit was to serve as a stand-in for Britain and North-western Europe and is strongly based on a variety of influential literatures and beliefs, particularly the Celtic and Norse. Perilous Realms is the first book to focus consistently on the ways in which Tolkien balances these two ancient cultures and unites them in a single literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802038715
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 08/28/2005
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Marjorie Burns is a professor in the Department of English at Portland State University.

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