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There and back again : J R R Tolkien and the origins of the Hobbit

Author: Mark Atherton
Publisher: London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Mark Atherton here explores the chief influences on Tolkien's work: his boyhood in the West Midlands; the landscapes and seascapes which shaped his mythologies; his experiences in World War I; his interest in Scandinavian myth; his friendships, especially with the other Oxford-based Inklings; and the relevance of his themes, especially ecological themes, to the present-day. "There and Back Again" offers a unique  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: J R R Tolkien; J R R Tolkien; J R R Tolkien; J R R Tolkien
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Atherton
ISBN: 9781780762463 1780762461
OCLC Number: 810109735
Description: xiii, 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 'We must away ere break of day' --
Fairy-stories and animal fables --
'A green great dragon' --
'The heart of the mountain' --
Return to bag end --
The English country house and its myths --
William Guest --
'The lonely sea and the sky' --
'Far over the misty mountains cold' --
Goblin wars --
Literary myth and the Great War --
Visions of peace --
Early lessons in philology --
Tolkien as word-collector --
Rhymes and riddles --
Dialect matters --
Appendixes: 1. A selection of poems from Geoffrey Bache Smith, A spring harvest (London: Erskine Macdonald, 1918) --
2. A selection of poems from A northern venture: verses by members of the Leeds University English School Association (Leeds: Swan Press, 1923).
Responsibility: Mark Atherton.
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Mark Atherton here explores the chief influences on Tolkien's work: his boyhood in the West Midlands; the landscapes and seascapes which shaped his mythologies; his experiences in World War I; his interest in Scandinavian myth; his friendships, especially with the other Oxford-based Inklings; and the relevance of his themes, especially ecological themes, to the present-day. "There and Back Again" offers a unique guide to the varied inspirations behind Tolkien's life and work, and sheds new light on how a legend is born.

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