Understanding The Lord of the Rings

The Best of Tolkien Criticism

Book - 2004
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Understanding The Lord of the Rings
When first published, The Lord of the Rings stood far from the mainstream: no one had seen anything like it for decades. Tolkien's almost stridently antimodern tale needed valiant defenders, vocal admirers who understood its sources and relished its monumental scale. While such champions of modernism as Edmund Wilson mocked Tolkien's archaic structure and language, W. H. Auden -- a great modernist poet in his own right -- rose to his defense with a spirited essay on the true nature of the Hero Quest. Edmund Fuller's essay collected here discusses the nature of the fairy tale, returning to the roots of the term to remove the treacle of Disney and restore the value of realistic enchantment. Tolkien's friend C. S. Lewis takes up the question of why, if you have a serious comment to make about real life, you would drape it in a never-never land of your own. He shrewdly argues that it is because real life does have mythic and heroic qualities -- in abundance.
This collection also includes, among others, essays by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Verlyn Flieger, Paul Kocher, Jane Chance, and each of the editors, as well as a brand-new essay by Tom Shippey that shows us how to process all this vast learning, adding to it the many delights of the film versions of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, so we can relish his achievement all the more.

Baker & Taylor
Presents a series of critical essays on the trilogy by Neil D. Isaacs, C.S. Lewis, Edmund Fuller and other scholars examining the mythological origins and literary aspects of the work.

Book News
Aimed at fans and scholars, this collection of essays spans 50 years of critical reaction since the publication of J.R.R. Tolkein's epic, The Lord of the Rings . Fourteen previously- published contributions include essays by C.S. Lewis on the value of myth, Marion Zimmer Bradley on hero worship, and Jane Chance on the conflict between good and evil. A specially commissioned essay by Tom Shippey on Peter Jackson's film adaptation of the text completes the volume. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

& Taylor

Surveying the last fifty years of critical writing on The Lord of the Rings, this book includes contributions from W. H. Auden, C. S. Lewis, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Verlyn Fleiger, Tom Shippey, Edmund Wilson, and many others.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2004
ISBN: 061842251X
Branch Call Number: 823 Tolkien U
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 22 cm.


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