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The road to Middle-earth : how J.R.R. Tolken created a new mythology

Author: T A Shippey
Publisher: New York, New York : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003. ©2003
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Revised and expanded editionView all editions and formats
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"Uniquely qualified to explicate Tolkien's worldview," this journey into the roots of Lord of the Rings is a classic in its own right (Salon).The Road to Middle-earth, Tom Shippey's classic work, now revised in paperback, explores J. R. R. Tolkien's creativity and the sources of his inspiration. Shippey shows in detail how Tolkien's professional background led him to write The Hobbit and how he created a timeless  Read more...
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Shippey, T.A.
Road to Middle-earth : how J.R.R. Tolken created a new mythology.
New York, New York : Houghton Mifflin Company, ©2003
xviii, 398 pages
Named Person: J R R Tolkien; J R R Tolkien; J R R Tolkien
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: T A Shippey
ISBN: 9780547524412 0547524412
OCLC Number: 880453743
Description: 1 online resource (419 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Acknowledgements and abbreviations --
Preface to the revised and expanded edition --
Lit. and lang. --
Philological inquiries --
Bourgeois burglar --
Cartographic plot --
Interlacements and the ring --
When all our fathers worshipped stocks and stones --
Visions and revisions --
On the cold hill's side --
Course of actual composition --
Afterword --
Tolkien's sources : the true tradition --
Four asterisk poems.
Responsibility: T.A. Shippey.
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"Uniquely qualified to explicate Tolkien's worldview," this journey into the roots of Lord of the Rings is a classic in its own right (Salon).The Road to Middle-earth, Tom Shippey's classic work, now revised in paperback, explores J. R. R. Tolkien's creativity and the sources of his inspiration. Shippey shows in detail how Tolkien's professional background led him to write The Hobbit and how he created a timeless charm for millions of readers. Examining the foundation of Tolkien's most popular work, The Lord of the Rings, Shippey also discusses the contribution of The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales to Tolkien's great myth cycle, showing how Tolkien's more "difficult" books can be fully appreciated. He goes on to examine the remarkable twelve-volume History of Middle-earth, written by Tolkien's son and literary heir Christopher Tolkien, which traces the creative and technical processes by which Middle-earth evolved.

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