[Note from Ted: I recieved the following from the Tolkien Society this morning. Thought I’d pass it along. Now if I can only find some time to get the book and read it.]
Published 2nd August 2002
£18 (inc. UK p&p), A5 Softback, 256 pp, ISBN 0-9543207-0-0
Special discount price at Oxonmoot £16, and have your copy signed!
Only recently published this new title, co-authored by former Tolkien Society Chairman Alex Lewis, investigates the background of the composition of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, including the nature of Tom Bombadil, aspects of feminism, and ecological sources of Tolkien’s ideas.
Written in the manner of Tom Shippey the book’s chapters discuss various realms which can be considered to encompass Tolkien’s genius. These include:
The Mind: Comparing Tolkien with other great inventive authors such as Swift and Edgar Rice-Burroughs and discoursing on Tolkien’s perhaps unique place in modern fiction.
Ecology: Looks at Tolkien’s Catholicism, the almost scientific rigour and consistency within Middle-earth and the sources of his ecological ideas.
The Perilous: How many critics have considered the influence of folklore on Tolkien? Three chapters look at this area and develop arguments initiated by Shippey that cover Hobbits, Woses and Balrogs amongst others.
Inspiration: A group of chapters that investigate the non-Middle-earth content of Tolkien’s most famous works, these shed new light on a familiar work and culminate in the first serious study of the enigma of Tom Bombadil.
Gender: Much criticism has been levelled over the years for a lack of female characters in Tolkien’s works, but this is the first comprehensive analysis of the matter. Four chapters look at Tolkien’s social background, the women of The Silmarillion, Lily-Maids and Amazons in The Lord of the Rings and the Mariner’s Wife of Unfinished Tales.
Immortality: A comparative study of Tolkien and Shakespeare, expanding upon some of the elements discussed by Prof. Tom Shippey in some of his works.
Copies can be obtained (cheques made out to A. Lewis) from Yew Tree House, Station Road, Weston Rhyn, Oswestry, SY10 7RP, UK.
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