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Meditations on Middle-Earth
Meditations on Middle-Earth: New Writing on the Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien by Orson Scott Card, Ursula K. Le Guin, Raymond E. Feist, Terry Pratchett, Charles de Lint, George R. R. Martin, and more | Karen Haber
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NOMINATED FOR THE 2002 HUGO AND LOCUS AWARD When J.R.R. Tolkien created the extraordinary world of Middle-earth and populated it with fantastic, archetypal denizens, reinventing the heroic quest, the world hardly noticed. Sales of The Lord of the Rings languished for the better part of two decades, until the Ballantine editions were published here in America. By late 1950s, however, the books were selling well and beginning to change the face of fantasy. . . . forever. A generation of students and aspiring writers had their hearts and imaginations captured by the rich tapestry of the Middle-earth mythos, the larger-than-life heroic characters, the extraordinary and exquisite nature of Tolkien's prose, and the unending quest to balance evil with good. These young readers grew up to become the successful writers of modern fantasy. They created their own worlds and universes, in some cases their own languages, and their own epic heroic quests. And all of them owe a debt of gratitude to the works and the author who first set them on the path. In Meditations on Middle-earth, sixteen bestselling fantasy authors share details of their personal relationships with Tolkien's mythos, for it inspired them all. Had there been no Lord of the Rings, there would also have been no Earthsea books by Ursula K. Le Guin; no Song of Ice and Fire saga from George R. R. Martin; no Tales of Discworld from Terry Pratchett; no Legends of Alvin Maker from Orson Scott Card. Each of them was influenced by the master mythmaker, and now each reveals the nature of that influence and their personal relationships with the greatest fantasy novels ever written in the English language. If you've never read the Tolkien books, read these essays and discover the depthy and beauty of his work. If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings, the candid comments of these modern mythmakers will give you new insight into the subtlety, power, and majesty of Tolkien's tales and how he told them. Meditations on Middle-Earth is a 2002 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Related Work.
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AloeMantis
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This was a great read, a bit at a time over the last few weeks — inspiration and fond memories shared by fantasy authors, becoming Tolkienist experts on Middle-Earth. This is great to look back on and remember names from, as I plan to read more in fantasy novels and series books; many still on my list, like Terry Pratchett and Charles de Lint.

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I‘ve been quite a long time away from Litsy. Getting back on my reading journeys, should best start with a good book I‘ve been meaning to read : Meditations on Middle-Earth.

Texreader Welcome back!! 4mo
AloeMantis @Texreader Thanks! 🙂📚 4mo
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AloeMantis
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#TarotTakeover Day 2: The World

I'm just joining this photo challenge, and couldn't miss a fall season opportunity 🙂 The World (from The Archeon Tarot) with Meditations on Middle-Earth. 🍂

@ErinSueG @WhiskeyMistress

ErinSueMreads Gosh that card is beautiful!! 4y
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Rudis
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#readingresolutions #bookandblanket I couldn‘t resist using my Shire-inspired blanket for today‘s prompt!

JazzFeathers 😍😍😍😍😍 4y
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GondorGirl
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I feel like we can judge how successful our honeymoon was by how many books we're trying to cram in our suitcases... 😄

Aims42 Yay for the Terry Pratchett!!! 🎉 4y
GondorGirl @Aims42 They are British first prints! We couldn't leave them behind! 4y
Aims42 @GondorGirl Nice!! 👏🏻👍🏻 4y
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BarbaraJean 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼We did this on our honeymoon, too—we actually put a “book shopping fund” item on our honeymoon registry. 😂 4y
mrozzz That‘s awesome!!! 4y
GlassAsDiamonds What a fantastic haul & Congrats!!!! (We did this too 😊😊😊). 4y
minkyb ❣️❣️❣️ 4y
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TK-421
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I've read the Lord of the Rings trilogy several times, and the Hobbit too, but I really need to get around to reading the rest of these. #TBR #HappyBirthdayBilboandFrodo #SeptemberLibrary17

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Rudis
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#aprilbookshowers #earthtonecovers Why am I even remotely surprised that my earth tone covers are all Middle-Earth?

JazzFeathers Mine too ;) 6y
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