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J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century | Tom Shippey
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The definitive Tolkien companionan indispensable guide to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and more, from the author of The Road to Middle-earth. This highly erudite celebration and exploration of Tolkiens works [is] enormous fun, declared the Houston Chronicle, and Tom Shippey, a prominent medievalist and scholar of fantasy, deepens your understanding without making you forget your initial, purely instinctive response to Middle-earth and hobbits. In a clear and accessible style, Shippey offers a new approach to Tolkien, to fantasy, and to the importance of language in literature. He breaks down The Lord of the Rings as a linguistic feast for the senses and as a response to the human instinct for myth. Elsewhere, he examines The Hobbits counterintuitive relationship to the heroic world of Middle-earth; demonstrates the significance of The Silmarillion to Tolkiens canon; and takes an illuminating look at lesser-known works in connection with Tolkiens life. Furthermore, he ties all these strands together in a continuing tradition that traces its roots back through Grimms Fairy Tales to Beowulf. Shippeys commentary is the best so far in elucidating Tolkiens lovely myth, wrote Harpers Magazine. J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century is a triumph (Chicago Sun-Times) that not only gives readers a deeper understanding of Tolkien and his work, but also serves as an entertaining introduction to some of the most influential novels ever written.
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