Myth & Middle-Earth: Exploring the Medieval Legends Behind J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings

Myth Middle Earth Exploring the Medieval Legends Behind J R R Tolkien s Lord of the Rings J R R Tolkien s fiction especially The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings made him a world renowned fantasy writer These tales were based on Tolkien s personal mythology of a place he called Middle Ea

  • Title: Myth & Middle-Earth: Exploring the Medieval Legends Behind J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings
  • Author: Leslie Ellen Jones
  • ISBN: 9781892975812
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Paperback
  • J.R.R Tolkien s fiction, especially The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, made him a world renowned fantasy writer These tales were based on Tolkien s personal mythology of a place he called Middle Earth, but Middle Earth was strongly influenced by the myths and legends of Dark Age Europe that Tolkien studied professionally as a professor at Oxford University This titleJ.R.R Tolkien s fiction, especially The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, made him a world renowned fantasy writer These tales were based on Tolkien s personal mythology of a place he called Middle Earth, but Middle Earth was strongly influenced by the myths and legends of Dark Age Europe that Tolkien studied professionally as a professor at Oxford University This title takes a popular not academic look at the mythic world and mythic themes that inspired Tolkien, not only the Germanic and Norse mythology that most experts discuss, but also Celtic and Finnish myths It talks of the journeys and quests that inspired Tolkien, dragon myths, beliefs in supernatural, non human races such as dwarves and elves, the role and function of the warrior, the nature of heroism and .

    One thought on “Myth & Middle-Earth: Exploring the Medieval Legends Behind J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings”

    1. What a gem! This was such a fascinating, really "readable" analysis of Tolkien; partly, I'm sure, because it was interested in broad overviews vs the dry and dusty detailed treatises. Jones made me appreciate Tolkien's saga in a whole new way, especially in revealing the various dyads/duals.

    2. I never managed to finish this book, even after renewing it from the library twice. I think I made it halfway through before deciding I really didn't feel like finishing it. If I had read the entire The Lord of the Rings saga, I probably would have had more interest in the various anecdotes and connections to mythology that the author gives. However, I have only read The Hobbitt (and that was a long time ago) and have seen the movies, so I don't think I had enough connection to the author's refe [...]

    3. A book about the mythological sources that Tolkien used in writing his "Middle Earth" books; I bought this book to use as a resource for a mythology course I used to teach, but I never got around to reading it. I no longer teach the class, but I finally read the book, and I found it an excellent resource for mythology. If I ever teach such a course again, this will be a useful reference. This book won't teach a scholar much he or she doesn't already know, but it gathers a lot of handy references [...]

    4. A good analysis of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. I learned a lot from the book and where Tolkien gained his inspiration.

    5. Four stars for the myths in their halls of origin,Two stars for the use of words of Tolkien,in the land of literatureWhere the critics lie.

    6. I enjoyed the content but the structure was disorganized and distracting. How many parenthetical statements can an author really use? (A lot, apparently)

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