Tolkien's Ring

Tolkien's Ring

by David Day

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Tolkien's Ring by David Day

In Tolkien's Ring, David Dayshows how theLord of the Rings is the result of an ancient story-telling tradition; and how, by drawing upon the world's primary myths and legends, J.R.R Tolkien created his own mythology for the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781909108493
Publisher: Pavilion Books, Limited
Publication date: 11/26/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
File size: 15 MB
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Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Day is a poet and author who has published 40 books. He has also been a magazine editor, a columnist for the Daily Mail and Punch. His books have won numerous literary awards and have sold over 4 million copies and have been translated into twenty languages.

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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!