Recent polls have consistently declared that J.R.R. Tolkien is “the most influential author of the century”, and The Lord of the Rings as “Book of the Century”. In light of this, the respected and world-renowned Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey presents us with a companion to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, in particular focusing on “The Hobbit”, “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Silmarillion”. The seven chapters look at: Hobbits, and other magical creatures; the central quest of the Ring, examining Tolkien’s views of good and evil, and his work’s relevance to the major issues of 20th century politics, such as the nature of industrialised war; and also Tolkien’s phenomenal influence on the fantasy genre and the unique role of The Lord of the Rings as the first and greatest fantasy novel in modern fiction. Written in a clear, accessible style, this text aims to give the reader a deeper understanding of the great man’s work in the context of who he was, and also serves as a ideal introductory companion to some of the most successful fantasy literature ever written.
I’m looking forward to digging into this one!