J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings consistently tops polls as the best-loved literary work of all time. Now medieval scholar and Tolkien expert Christopher Snyder presents the most in-depth exploration yet of Tolkien's source materials for Middle-earth—from the languages, poetry, and mythology of medieval Europe and ancient Greece to the halls of Oxford and the battlefields of World War I. Fueled by the author's passion for all things Tolkien, this richly illustrated book also reveals the surprisingly pervasive influence of Tolkien's timeless fantasies on modern culture.
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About the Author
Dr. Christopher A. Snyder is professor of European History and Dean of Shackouls Honors College at Mississippi State University in Starkville. He has written numerous books, including The World of King Arthur (Thames & Hudson). His works have been featured in the Book of the Month Club and the History Book Club, and have been translated into French, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese. Dr. Snyder has been a presenter on the History Channel, the BBC, the Learning Channel, and the National Geographic Channel. He also lectures at the Smithsonian Institution, and teaches Honors seminars on J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis at the University of Oxford.
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The Making of Middle-earth: A New Look Inside the World of J. R. R. Tolkien based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This is a book that most fans of J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth will enjoy. I have read hundreds of books about Tolkien, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, and this book is one of the best of its kind. I would reccomend it to both expert Tolkienologists and novice Middle-earth enthusiasts. --Denise Roper, author of The Lord of the Hallows: Christian Symbolism and Themes in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter
* the elves bow at Legolas and smile*