The Tolkien Fan's Medieval Reader

The Tolkien Fan s Medieval Reader This is a selection of many of the medieval texts that were important to Tolkien s fiction An anthology selected by Turgon David E Smith and divided into five sections Old English Middle English Old

  • Title: The Tolkien Fan's Medieval Reader
  • Author: David E. Smith (Turgon of TheOneRing.net, one of the founding members of this Tolkien website) Verlyn Flieger Turgon (=David E. Smith)
  • ISBN: 9781593600112
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is a selection of many of the medieval texts that were important to Tolkien s fiction.An anthology selected by Turgon David E Smith and divided into five sections Old English, Middle English, Old Norse, Celtic, and Finnish.

    One thought on “The Tolkien Fan's Medieval Reader”

    1. A reasonable overview of texts that Tolkien was familiar with, which in some degree or other influenced him in his creative work as well as in his academic work. It's a handy collection, but it doesn't contain the most readable versions of some texts -- I disagree, for example, with the decision to mostly include prose translations rather than poetic versions -- and the introductions are rather sparse. Your average reader probably needs more by way of introduction, explanation, footnotes, and po [...]

    2. Good for observing where Tolkien's inspiration came from, but a difficult read nonetheless. Many of the stories contained in the compilation are incredibly old, and sometimes have a significantly different mode of writing, compared to modern standards.

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