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viii, 455 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Green Library, SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xx, 340 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Tolkien and the rediscovery of myth / Michaela Baltasar
  • Light from an invisible lamp : natural religion in the Lord of the Rings / Catherine Madsen
  • Creating and re-creating worlds with words : the religion and the magic of language in the Lord of the Rings / Mary E. Zimmer
  • Tolkien as philologist / David Lyle Jeffrey
  • Saving the myths : the re-creation of mythology in Plato and Tolkien / Gergely Nagy
  • Myth, late Roman history, and multiculturalism in Tolkien's Middle-Earth / Sandra Ballif Straubhaar
  • From catastrophe to eucatastrophe : J. R. R. Tolkien's transformation of Ovid's Mythic Pyramus and Thisbe into Beren and Lúthien / Jen Stevens
  • Providence, fate, and chance : Boethian philosophy in the Lord of the Rings / Kathleen E. Dubs
  • Tolkien and the appeal of the pagan : Edda and Kalevala / Tom Shippey
  • Norse and Christian gods : the integrative theology of J. R. R. Tolkien / Marjorie J. Burns
  • The twilight of the elves : Ragnarök and the end of the Third Age / Andy Dimond
  • Gathered round northern fires : the imaginative impact of the Kolbítar / Andrew Lazo
  • A mythology for Anglo-Saxon England / Michael D.C. Drout
  • Oaths and oathbreaking : analogues of Old English Comitatus in Tolkien's myth / John R. Holmes
  • On the borders of old stories : enacting the past in Beowulf and the Lord of the Rings / Alexandra Bolintineanu
  • A mythology for Finland : Elias Lönrott and J. R. R. Tolkien as
  • mythmakers / Verlyn Flieger
  • Setting the rocket off in story : the Kalevala as the germ of Tolkien's legendarium / Richard C. West
  • J. R. R. Tolkien and the Kalevala : some thoughts on the Finnish origins of Tom Bombadil and Treebeard / David Elton Gay.
At what stage in J.R.R. Tolkien's reading of other literatures and mythologies did he conceive of the fantastic mythology of Middle-earth that has become so deeply entrenched in contemporary culture? At what point did medieval epic and legend spark Tolkenian myth? The 18 essays in this volume examine the ancient Greek, Latin, Old Norse, Old English and Finnish sources from which Tolkien appropriated the concepts, images, characterizations, contexts and theories that inform his own fictional narratives, "The Lord of the Rings" and "the Silmarillion". Understanding his invented mythologies requires a rediscovery of those tales of larger-than-life gods and heroes found in northern myths. A well-rounded reader for any Tolkien lover, this book includes several essays that provide background and context, explaining Tolkien's literary aesthetic and his interest in folklore, his love of philosophy and the philosophical and religious underpinnings of his narratives. Among the contributors are well-known medievalists and Tolkien scholars Marjorie Burns, Michael Drout, Verlyn Flieger, Davi Lyle Jeffrey, Tom Shippey and Richard West. The book identifies the various medieval mythologies woven into the elaborate tapestry of Tolkien's work, making it a vital contribution to the study of one of the 20th century's most influential authors.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780813123011 20160528
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

4. 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
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.
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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
xvi, 235 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Our grandfather: meditations on J.R.R. Tolkien / Raymond Feist
  • Awakening the elves / Poul Anderson
  • A changeling returns / Michael Swanwick
  • If you give a girl a hobbit / Esther M. Friesner
  • The Ring and I / Harry Turtledove
  • Cult classic / Terry Pratchett
  • A bar and a quest / Robin Hobb
  • Rhythmic pattern in The Lord of the rings / Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The longest Sunday / Diane Duane
  • Tolkien after all these years / Douglas A. Anderson
  • How Tolkien means / Orson Scott Card
  • The tale goes ever on / Charles De Lint
  • The mythmaker / Lisa Goldstein
  • "The radical distinction--" : a conversation with Tim and Greg Hildebrandt / Glenn Hurdling
  • On Tolkien and fairy-stories / Terri Windling.
Green Library
xi, 243 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
  • Foreword Our First Meeting Language Like Lightning from a Clear Sky Tolkien's Double Worlds Middle-earth From Bloemfontein to Birmingham From Sarehole to Shire An Orphan Drawn to Reading Student Life in Oxford Soldier at the Front Experience of War in Tolkien's Fiction Research as Motor Interlude at Leeds Interplay between Research and Fiction A Don on a Sidetrack The AB Language - A Unique Discovery Fantasy for Children and Adults The Final Years Facts and Fiction On the Truth of Myths The Reception of The Lord of the Rings in the World New Media Epilogue.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780230623149 20160602
A close colleague of J.R.R. Tolkien for many years during their editorial work on the various manuscripts of the Ancrene Wisse at Oxford University, Arne Zettersten offers here a personally-informed analysis of Tolkien's strongly visual fantasy fiction. In light of Tolkien's unusual life experience and enthusiasm for the study of languages, Zettersten locates the same animating passions in the well-known fictions that drove that great author as a youth, a soldier, a linguist, and an Oxford don.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780230623149 20160602
Green Library
viii, 167 p. ; 23 cm.
The works of J. R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) have been widely read and widely discussed, often in an openly partisan spirit. Few attempts have been made to arrive at a sober assessment of Tolkien's achievement as a literary artist, and even fewer to define a place for him in twentieth-century literature: both admirers and detractors have treated him as an anomaly in the context of modern writing. This book is a comprehensive and discriminating introduction to Tolkien's work which also aims to redress these deficiencies in earlier criticism. Two chapters are devoted to Tolkien's longest, and greatest, work, The Lord of the Rings. A third explores the bewildering profusion of shorter works, identifying those which are most rewarding and tracing the development of Tolkien's creative technique over several decades. The last chapter, 'Tolkien and the Twentieth Century', considers the significance of his life and career in the century of modernism.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780312075835 20160527
Green Library
xvi, 240 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
  • List of Figures Conventions and Abbreviations Introduction PART I: HOW IT ALL BEGAN In the Beginning were the Fairies... 'Fluttering Sprites with Antennae': Victorian and Edwardian Fancies The Fairies, Faith and Folklore PART II: IDEAL BEINGS, IDEAL LANGUAGES The Cat and the Whiskers: Tolkien's Linguistic Creation 'Linguistic Aesthetic': Sounds, Meaning and the Pursuit of Beauty Ideal Languages and Phonetic Spelling PART III: FROM MYTH TO HISTORY The Claim to History A Hierarchical World Visualising Middle-earth: Real and Imagined Material Cultures Epilogue: From Fairies to Hobbits Appendix: 'And Wither Then?': Stepping into the Road Bibliography Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780230219519 20160528
Tolkien, Race and Cultural History explores the evolution of Tolkien's mythology by examining how it changed as a result of Tolkien's life story and contemporary cultural and intellectual history. The book considers Tolkien's creative writing as an ever-developing 'legendarium': an interconnected web of stories, poems and essays, from his early poems in the 1910s to his latest writings in the early 1970s. Consequently, the book is not restricted to a discussion of Tolkien's best-known works only (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion) but examines the whole corpus of his legendarium, including the 12-volume History of Middle-earth series, which has received little attention from critics. This new approach and scope brings to light neglected aspects of Tolkien's imaginative vision and addresses key features of Tolkien's creativity: the centrality of the Elves and the role of linguistic invention in his legendarium, as well as race and material culture in Middle-earth.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780230219519 20160528
Green Library
xvi, 274 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Part 1 The History: Early Days of Elder Days, Rayner Unwin-- The Development of Tolkien's Legendarium - Some Threads in the Tapestry of Middle-Earth, Christina Scull-- "A Continuing and Evolving Creation" - Distractions in the Later History of Middle-Earth, Wayne G. Hammond-- On the Construction of "The Silmarillion", Charles E. Noad-- The Literary Value of "The History of Middle-Earth", David Bratman. Part 2 The Languages: Gnomish is Sindarin - the Conceptual Evolution of an Elvish Language, Christopher Gilson-- Certhas, Skirditalia, Fupark - a Feigned History of Runic Origins, Arden R. Smith-- Three Elvish Verse Modes Ann-thennath, Minlamad Thent/Estent and Linnod, Patrick Wynne and Carl F. Hostetter. Part 3 The Cauldron and the Cook: Tolkien's Lyric Poetry, Joe R. Christopher-- Some of Tolkien's Narrators, Paul Edmund Thomas-- The Footsteps of AElfwine, Verlyn Flieger-- The Lost Road, the Dark Tower and the Notion Club Papers - Tolkien and Lewis's Time Travel Triad, John D. Ratefill-- Gandalf and Odin, Marjorie Burns-- Turin's Ofermod - an Old English Theme in the Development of Turin, Richard C. West-- Appendix - Christopher Tolkien - a Bibliography, Douglas A. Anderson.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780313305306 20160528
As a scholar of mediaeval languages and literature, J.R.R. Tolkien brought to his fiction an intense interest in myth and legend. When he died in 1973, he left behind a vast body of unpublished material related to his fictive mythology. Now edited and published as "The History of Middle-Earth" by his son and literary executor, Christopher Tolkien, these 12 volumes provide a record of the growth of J.R.R. Tolkien's mythology from its beginnings in 1917 to the time of his death more than 50 years later. The material in these volumes offers an insight into Tolkien's process of myth-making and is a guide to the world of his literary works. An opening essay by Rayner Unwin, Tolkien's publisher for many years, surveys the publication history of the collection. The essays that follow, each written by an expert contributor, explore a wide range of topics related to "The History of Middle-Earth". Included are discussions of Tolkien's languages, the evolution of his vision over time, the shifting importance of central characters, and the effect of his mythology on "The Lord of the Rings". By exploring this mythological compendium, the volume sheds further light on the entire body of J.R.R. Tolkien's works and should prove of interest to those interested in his writings.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780313305306 20160528
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