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xvii, 162 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Chronology: J.R.R. Tolkien's life and works
  • Introduction: a voice for the dispossessed
  • "Queer" hobbits: the problem of difference in the shire
  • The Political hobbit: the fellowship of the ring
  • Knowledge, language, and power: the two towers
  • Power and the community: the return of the king
  • Conclusion: heroic narraive and the power of structure.
An epic in league with those of Spenser and Malory, J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, begun during Hitler's rise to power, celebrates the insignificant individual as hero in the modern world. Jane Chance's critical appraisal of Tolkien's heroic masterwork explores its "mythology of power" - that is, how power, politics and language interact. Chance looks beyond the fantastic, self-contained world of Middle-earth to the 20th-century parallels presented in the trilogy.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Green Library
x, 251 p. : ill.
This is a book on the glory days and tragic end of college boxing. "Lords of the Ring" revives the exciting era - now forgotten - when college boxing attracted huge crowds, outdrawing the professional bouts. On the same night in 1940 when Joe Louis defended his heavyweight crown before 11,000 fans in New York's Madison Square Garden, collegiate boxers battled before 15,000 fans in Madison...Wisconsin. "Lords of the Ring" tells the whole extraordinary story of how and why this popular college sport abruptly ended in 1960, based on dozens of interviews and extensive examination of newspaper microfilm, boxing records, and memorabilia.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780299204242 20160619
237 p. ; 21 cm.
Green Library
135 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
Green Library
xvii, 279 pages ; 22 cm
  • Foreword-- Alister McGrath Introduction Part I: On Myth Chapter 1. A Theology of Beauty Chapter 2. Primary Truth Part II: On Creation Chapter 3. The Light of Being Chapter 4. Incarnate Beings Chapter 5. The Wonder of Being Part III: On Language Chapter 6. The Law of the LogosChapter 7. The Song of Luthien Part IV: On Good and Evil Chapter 8. Being and Unbeing Chapter 9. The Splendor of Being Part V: On Tragic Heroism Chapter 10. The Tragedy of TurinChapter 11. Hope Without Guarantees Part VI: On Women Chapter 12. Tolkien and Feminist CriticismChapter 13. The Transcendental Feminine Chapter 14. The Renunciation of Power Conclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781137553447 20161010
In this book, Lisa Coutras explores the structure and complexity of J.R.R. Tolkien's narrative theology, synthesizing his Christian worldview with his creative imagination. She illustrates how, within the framework of a theological aesthetics, transcendental beauty is the unifying principle that integrates all aspects of Tolkien's writing, from pagan despair to Christian joy. J.R.R. Tolkien's Christianity is often held in an unsteady tension with the pagan despair of his mythic world. Some critics portray these as incompatible, while Christian analysis tends to oversimplify the presence of religious symbolism. This polarity of opinion testifies to the need for a unifying interpretive lens. The fact that Tolkien saw his own writing as "religious" and "Catholic, " yet was preoccupied with pagan mythology, nature, language, and evil, suggests that these areas were wholly integrated with his Christian worldview. Tolkien's Theology of Beauty examines six structural elements, demonstrating that the author's Christianity is deeply embedded in the narrative framework of his creative imagination.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781137553447 20161010
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
252 p. ; 23 cm.
Green Library
xii, 323 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction
  • Thomas Mann
  • Evelyn Waugh
  • J. R.R. Tolkien
  • Siegfried Lenz
  • Conclusion.
"Magnificent Houses in Twentieth Century European Literature" is a collection of great and imaginative essays that explore the theme of magnificent and aesthetically interesting houses in twentieth century European literature. It focuses especially on important works by Thomas Mann, Evelyn Waugh, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Siegfried Lenz, while also discussing other significant houses in modern European literature.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781433118470 20160608
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
44 p. : col. ill., ports. (1 col.) ; 28 cm.
  • Ways of worldmaking : J.R.R. Tolkien / Curtis L. Carter
  • "A masterpiece of the future" : a brief history of Marquette's J.R.R. Tolkien collection / Matt Blessing
  • The AB language lives / Arne Zettersten
  • J.R.R. Tolkien biography
  • Select Tolkien bibliography
  • Works in the exhibition / Annemarie Sawkins.
"The exhibition ... [and catalog] represents a collaboration between the Haggerty Museum of Art and the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Marquette University Archives. The exhibition was held in conjunction with the international conference The lord of the rings, 1954-2004: scholarship in honor of Dr. Richard E. Blackwelder at Marquette University (October 22-23, 2004) ... the aim of the exhibiton is to examine in a scholarly context and for the public the work of J.R.R. Tolkien in the Marquette University collection ... presented with the cooperation of Christopher Tolkien, The J.R.R. Tolkien Estate Limited and The J.R.R. Tolkien Copyright Trust ... Curtis L. Carter, director"--Acknowledgments, p. 4.
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
xiv, 295 p. ; 24 cm.
  • 1. Introduction / Jane Chance
  • pt. 1. J.R.R. Tolkien as a medieval scholar : modern contexts. 2. "An industrious little devil" : E.V. Gordon as friend and collaborator with Tolkien / Douglas A. Anderson
  • 3. "There would always be a fairy-tale" : J.R.R. Tolkien and the folklore controversy / Verlyn Flieger
  • 4. A kind of mid-wife : J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis--sharing influence / Andrew Lazo
  • 5. "I wish to speak" : Tolkien's voice in his Beowulf essay / Mary Faraci
  • 6. Middle-earth, the Middle Ages, and the Aryan nation : myth and history in World War II / Christine Chism
  • pt. 2. J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the rings and medieval literary and mythological texts/contexts. 7. Tolkien's Wild Men : from medieval to modern / Verlyn Flieger
  • 8. The valkyrie reflex in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the rings : Galadriel, Shelob, ʹEowyn, and Arwen / Leslie A. Donovan
  • 9. Exilic imagining in The Seafarer and The Lord of the rings / Miranda Wilcox
  • 10. "Oathbreakers, why have ye come?" : Tolkien's "Passing of the Grey Company" and the twelfth-century Exercitus mortuorum / Margaret A. Sinex
  • pt. 3. J.R.R. Tolkien : the texts/contexts of medieval patristics, theology, and iconography. 11. Augustine in the cottage of lost play : the Ainulindalë as asterisk cosmogony / John William Houghton
  • 12. The "music of the spheres" : relationships between Tolkien's The Silmarillion and medieval cosmological and religious theory / Bradford Lee Eden
  • 13. The anthropology of Arda : creation, theology, and the race of Men / Jonathan Evans
  • 14. "A land without stain" : medieval images of Mary and their use in the characterization of Galadriel / Michael W. Maher
  • pt. 4. J.R.R. Tolkien's Silmarillion mythology : medievalized retextualization and theory. 15. The great chain of reading : (inter- )textual relations and the technique of mythopoesis in the Tʹurin story / Gergely Nagy
  • 16. Real-world myth in a secondary world : mythological aspects in the story of Beren and Lʹuthien / Richard C. West.
Interdisciplinary in approach, Tolkien the Medievalist provides a fresh perspective on J. R. R. Tolkien's Medievalism. In fifteen essays, eminent scholars and new voices explore how Professor Tolkien responded to a modern age of crisis - historical, academic and personal - by adapting his scholarship on medieval literature to his own personal voice. The four sections reveal the author influenced by his profession, religious faith and important issues of the time; by his relationships with other medievalists; by the medieval sources that he read and taught, and by his own medieval mythologizing.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415289443 20160527
Green Library
xiii, 262 p. ; 22 cm.
  • The critic as monster: Tolkien's lectures, prefaces, and foreword
  • The king under the mountain: Tolkien's children's story
  • The Christian king: Tolkien's fairy-stories
  • The Germanic lord: Tolkien's medieval parodies
  • The lord of the rings: Tolkien's epic.
J.R.R. Tolkien's zeal for mediaeval literary, religious and cultural ideas deeply influenced his entire life and provided the seeds for his own fiction. This study discusses not only such classics as "The Hobbit", "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Silmarillion", but focuses on his minor works as well, outlining in detail the sources and influences - from pagan epic to Christian legend - that formed the foundation of Tolkien's masterpieces, his "mythology for England".
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780813190204 20160528
Green Library
x, 261 p. ; 23 cm
  • 1. Introduction PART I: QUEST FANTASY 2. Ethics and Form in The Lord of the Rings 3. Ethics and Form in Harry Potter 4. Ethics and Form in the Quest-fantasy PART II: PARANORMAL ROMANCE 5. Ethics and Form in Twilight 6. Comparisons and Conclusion Conclusion Notes Bibliography.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781137469687 20160618
Fantasy literature is often regarded as formally schematic and predictable. In this book, Lykke Guanio-Uluru demonstrates that even as popular fantasy texts like The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Twilight share common structures and tropes, they put these tropes to highly diverse ethical uses. While the archetypal symbol of the tree is used to link and structure values in The Lord of the Rings, both Harry Potter and Twilight are organized around the figures of the vampire and the shape-shifter. Simultaneously, while the vampire is tied to evil in Harry Potter, in Twilight the same figure is associated with the 'highest good'. Paying attention both to more unconscious forms of valuing expressed through the use of symbols and to the more explicit ethical reflection of central characters in these texts, Ethics and Form in Fantasy Literature suggests a new way of looking at ethics and form in fantasy narratives.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781137469687 20160618
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xii, 231 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
  • Early New Zealand films and western voy(ag)eurs
  • 1940-1990 : New Zealand film landscapes for prospective 'cinenauts'
  • The legacy of The piano : film-tourist geographies and the aesthetic of the sublime
  • From Ngati to Whale rider : the filmic journey of the indigenous traveller
  • From Mt. Fuji to Mt. Taranaki : D'paysement and celebrity worship in The last samurai
  • 'Welcome to New Zealand, home of middle earth' : heterotopian impulse, western anxiety and spatial identity in The lord of the rings
  • Conclusions.
Green Library
xix, 298 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Diana Wynne Jones is best-known for her novels and stories - of magical fantasy - written mainly for children. She received a World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2007, as well as two Mythopoeic Awards and the "Guardian" Fiction Award for Charmed Life. But she was also a witty, entertaining speaker, a popular guest at science fiction and fantasy conventions and an engaged, scholarly critic of writing that interested her. This collection of more than twenty-five papers, chosen by Diana herself, includes fascinating literary criticism (such as a study of narrative structure in "The Lord of the Rings" and a ringing endorsement of the value of learning Anglo Saxon) alongside autobiographical anecdotes about reading tours (including an account of her famous travel jinx), revelations about the origins of her books, and thoughts in general about the life of an author and the value of writing. The longest autobiographical piece, "Something About the Author", details Diana's extraordinary childhood and is illustrated with family photographs. "Reflections" is essential reading for anyone interested in Diana's works, fantasy or creative writing. The collection features a foreword by Neil Gaiman and an introduction and interview by Charlie Butler, a respected expert on fantasy writing.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780385654036 20160610
Green Library

14. J.R.R. Tolkien [2004]

xi, 139 p. ; 24 cm.
  • A career begins
  • Boyhood
  • Internal resources
  • At Leeds and Oxford
  • Family
  • Fellowship
  • Authorship
  • War, politics, and religion
  • Culminations.
The revered author of the world's most popular fantasy works, 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings', Professor Tolkien's contribution to literary history is assured. This biographical text provides coverage of his life and work.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780791078471 20160528
Green Library
398 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 22cm.
This biography explores J.R.R. Tolkien's wartime experiences and their impact on his life and his writing of "The Lord of the Rings". The period of Tolkien's life in which he fought in the Great War has remained largely unexplored and unresearched by his many and various biographers - this volume concentrates specifically on this period and relates it to his creation of some of the world's best-loved literary works. Written specifically for a general audience, and not just Tolkien fans, this book allows Tolkien's life, work, inspiration and success to be viewed from a new viewpoint. Having lost many of his friends from school and university in World War I, this, coupled with his time spent as a signaller in the Royal Lancashire Fusiliers, had a profound impact on him. As did, it would seem, the writing of G.B. Smith, a close friend who was sadly lost in the War. Invalided home from the Somme, Tolkien was able to reflect on his life, and John Garth agues that, far from being a flight of fancy, "The Lord of the Rings" is, in fact, a product of his wartime experiences and stands as a great war novel.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780007119523 20160527
Green Library
x, 276 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbitt", "The Lord of the Rings" and "Silmarillion" have long been recognized as among the most popular fiction of the 20th century, and most critical analysis of Tolkien has centred on these novels. Granted access by the Tolkien estate and the Bodleian Library in Oxford to Tolkien's unpublished writings, Verlyn Flieger uses them here to shed new light on his better known works, revealing a new dimension of his fictive vision and giving added depth of meaning to his writing. Tolkien's concern with time - past and present, real and "faerie" - captures the wonder and peril of travel into other worlds, other times, other modes of consciousness. Reading his work, we "fall wide asleep" into a dream more real than ordinary waking experience, and emerge with a new perception of the waking world. Flieger explores Tolkien's use of dream as time-travel in his unfinished stories "The Lost Road" and "The Notion Club Papers" as well as in "The Lord of the Rings" and his shorter fiction and poetry. Analyzing Tolkien's treatment of time and time-travel, Flieger shows that he was not just a mythmaker and writer of escapist fantasy but a man whose relationship to his own century was troubled and critical. He achieved in his fiction a double perspective of time that enabled him to see in the mirror of the past the clouded reflection of the present. "A Question of Time" places J.R.R. Tolkien firmly in the mainstream of modern writers, and should appeal to anyone interested in imaginative fiction.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780873385749 20160527
Tolkien's concern with time - past and present, real and "faerie" - captures the wonder of travel into other worlds and other times. This work shows that he was not just a mythmaker and writer of escapist fantasy but a man whose relationship to his own century was troubled and critical.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780873386999 20160528
Green Library
254 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Tolkien : an overview of his life and career
  • The hobbit and other works for children
  • The lord of the rings
  • The Silmarillion
  • Poetry
  • Works of scholarship
  • Other lectures, stories, art, letters
  • Unfinished tales and The history of Middle-Earth
  • The impact of Tolkien's writings : a personal reflection / by Joe Christopher.
Green Library
viii, 291 pages ; 23 cm
This collection of new essays seeks to define the unique qualities of female heroism in literary fantasy from Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings in the 1950s through the present. Building upon traditional definitions of the hero in myth and folklore as the root genres of modern fantasy, the essays provide a multi-faceted view of an important fantasy character type who begins to demonstrate a significant presence only in the latter 20th century. The essays contribute to the empowerment and development of the female hero as an archetype in her own right.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780786477661 20160618
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xxii, 196 p. ; 23 cm.
J.R.R. Tolkien is perhaps best known for "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings", but it is in "The Silmarillion" that the true-depth of Tolkien's Middle-earth can be understood. "The Silmarillion" was written before, during and after "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings". A collection of stories, it provides information alluded to in Tolkien's better known works and, in doing so, turns "The Lord of the Rings" into much more than a sequel to "The Hobbit", making it instead a continuation of the mythology of Middle-earth. Verlyn Flieger's expanded and updated edition of "Splintered Light", a study of Tolkien's fiction first published in 1983, examines "The Silmarillion" and "The Lord of the Rings" in light of Owen Barfield's linguistic theory of the fragmentation of meaning. Flieger demonstrates Tolkien's use of Barfield's concept throughout his fiction, showing how his central image of primary light splintered and refracted acts as a metaphor for the languages, peoples and history of Middle-earth.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780873387446 20160528
Green Library
644 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
C.S. Lewis is the twentieth century's most widely read Christian writer and J.R.R. Tolkien its most beloved mythmaker. For three decades, they and their closest associates formed a literary club known as the lnklings, which met weekly in Lewis's Oxford rooms and a nearby pub. They read aloud from works in progress, argued about anything that caught their fancy, and gave one another invaluable companionship, inspiration, and criticism. In The Fellowship, Philip and Carol Zaleski offer the first complete rendering of the lnklings' lives and works. Lewis maps the medieval mind, accepts Christ while riding in the Sidecar of his brother's motorcycle, becomes a world-famous evangelist and moral satirist, and creates new forms of religiously attuned fiction while wrestling with personal crises. Tolkien transmutes an invented mythology into a breathtaking story in The Lord of the Rings, while conducting groundbreaking Old English scholarship and elucidating the Catholic teachings at the heart of his vision. This extraordinary group biography also focuses on Charles Williams, strange acolyte of Romantic love, and Owen Barfield, an esoteric philosopher who became, for a time, Saul Bellow's guru. Romantics who scorned rebellion, fantasists who prized sanity, Christians with cosmic reach, the lnklings sought to revitalize literature and faith in the twentieth century's darkest years - and did so.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780374154097 20160618
Green Library


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