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Title:
Readings on J.R.R. Tolkien
Author:
De Koster, Katie, 1948-
Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Greenhaven Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
176 pages ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
The Hobbit is rooted in the tradition of classic British children's novels / Lois R. Kuznets -- Adult themes in a tale to be read to children / Paul H. Kocher -- The nature of heroism in a comic world / Katharyn F. Crabbe -- Psychological themes in The Hobbit / Dorothy Matthews -- A Jungian interpretation / Timothy R. O'Neill -- Modern ideas of heroism are a cornerstone of The lord of the rings / Roger Sale -- Christian morality in The lord of the rings / Richard Purtill -- A grand adventure but a dangerous blueprint for human affairs / Kenneth McLeish -- Charges of racism in The lord of the rings are mistaken / Patrick Curry -- Care for the earth and for each other / Robley Evans -- The lord of the rings succeeds on a mythic scale / W.H. Auden -- The lord of the rings is greatly overrated / Edmund Wilson -- Tolkien's understanding and use of mythology create a profound effect / Ruth S. Noel -- Tolkien fails to achieve his artistic goals in The lord of the rings / C.N. Manlove -- Tolkien's sources: the true tradition.
ISBN:
9780737702453

9780737702446
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Summary

Following a lengthy biographical introduction, 15 essays gathered from a variety of sources delve into the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, explaining some of the themes of and , as well as exploring Tolkien's style and sources. Essays range from those praising Tolkien's ability to combine adult themes and children's style, to those criticizing him for failing to unite common objects with universal themes. Others reject charges of racism against Tolkien or analyze his use of myth and heroism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


Summary

Following a lengthy biographical introduction, 15 essays gathered from a variety of sources delve into the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, explaining some of the themes of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, as well as exploring Tolkien's style and sources. Essays range from those praising Tolkien's ability to combine adult themes and children's style, to those criticizing him for failing to unite common objects with universal themes. Others reject charges of racism against Tolkien or analyze his use of myth and heroism. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This collection of abridged, previously published essays provides sophisticated analyses of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The introductory essay presents solid biographical background on Tolkien. Although some of the selections are accessible to high school students, most suffer from the abridgment and several are too complex or presume readers' familiarity with writers such as George Macdonald or C. S. Lewis or with Jungian psychology. Roger Sale's excerpted essay on heroism in The Lord of the Rings seems to end abruptly in the middle. T. A. Shippey's concluding essay, which identifies Tolkien's sources in developing Middle-earth, is perhaps the most useful in the collection. The editor also includes a thorough chronology of Tolkien's life, times, and work. Purchase where demand for this subject is high and readers are advanced.-Ellen A. Greever, University of New Orleans, LA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This collection of abridged, previously published essays provides sophisticated analyses of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The introductory essay presents solid biographical background on Tolkien. Although some of the selections are accessible to high school students, most suffer from the abridgment and several are too complex or presume readers' familiarity with writers such as George Macdonald or C. S. Lewis or with Jungian psychology. Roger Sale's excerpted essay on heroism in The Lord of the Rings seems to end abruptly in the middle. T. A. Shippey's concluding essay, which identifies Tolkien's sources in developing Middle-earth, is perhaps the most useful in the collection. The editor also includes a thorough chronology of Tolkien's life, times, and work. Purchase where demand for this subject is high and readers are advanced.-Ellen A. Greever, University of New Orleans, LA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Lois R. KuznetsPaul H. KocherKatharyn F. CrabbeDorothy MatthewsTimothy R. O'NeillRoger SaleRichard PurtillKenneth McLeishPatrick CurryRobley EvansW.H. AudenEdmund WilsonRuth S. NoelC.N. ManloveT.A. ShippeyLois R. KuznetsPaul H. KocherKatharyn F. CrabbeDorothy MatthewsTimothy R. O'NeillRoger SaleRichard PurtillKenneth McLeishPatrick CurryRobley EvansW.H. AudenEdmund WilsonRuth S. NoelC.N. ManloveT.A. Shippey
Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 11
J.R.R. Tolkien: Maker of Worldsp. 12
Chapter 1 The Hobbit
1. The Hobbit Is Rooted in the Tradition of Classic British Children's Novelsp. 31
2. Adult Themes in a Tale to Be Read to Childrenp. 44
3. The Nature of Heroism in a Comic Worldp. 54
4. Psychological Themes in The Hobbitp. 61
5. A Jungian Interpretationp. 71
Chapter 2 Meaning in The Lord of the Rings
1. Modern Ideas of Heroism Are a Cornerstone of The Lord of the Ringsp. 80
2. Christian Morality in The Lord of the Ringsp. 86
3. A Grand Adventure but a Dangerous Blueprint for Human Affairsp. 93
4. Charges of Racism in The Lord of the Rings Are Mistakenp. 104
5. Care for the Earth and for Each Otherp. 115
Chapter 3 The Writer's Art: Style and Sources in The Lord of the Rings
1. The Lord of the Rings Succeeds on a Mythic Scalep. 123
2. The Lord of the Rings Is Greatly Overratedp. 128
3. Tolkien's Understanding and Use of Mythology Create a Profound Effectp. 134
4. Tolkien Fails to Achieve His Artistic Goals in The Lord of the Ringsp. 141
5. Tolkien's Sources: The True Traditionp. 153
Chronologyp. 162
For Further Researchp. 168
Indexp. 171
Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 11
J.R.R. Tolkien: Maker of Worldsp. 12
Chapter 1 The Hobbit
1. The Hobbit Is Rooted in the Tradition of Classic British Children's Novelsp. 31
2. Adult Themes in a Tale to Be Read to Childrenp. 44
3. The Nature of Heroism in a Comic Worldp. 54
4. Psychological Themes in The Hobbitp. 61
5. A Jungian Interpretationp. 71
Chapter 2 Meaning in The Lord of the Rings
1. Modern Ideas of Heroism Are a Cornerstone of The Lord of the Ringsp. 80
2. Christian Morality in The Lord of the Ringsp. 86
3. A Grand Adventure but a Dangerous Blueprint for Human Affairsp. 93
4. Charges of Racism in The Lord of the Rings Are Mistakenp. 104
5. Care for the Earth and for Each Otherp. 115
Chapter 3 The Writer's Art: Style and Sources in The Lord of the Rings
1. The Lord of the Rings Succeeds on a Mythic Scalep. 123
2. The Lord of the Rings Is Greatly Overratedp. 128
3. Tolkien's Understanding and Use of Mythology Create a Profound Effectp. 134
4. Tolkien Fails to Achieve His Artistic Goals in The Lord of the Ringsp. 141
5. Tolkien's Sources: The True Traditionp. 153
Chronologyp. 162
For Further Researchp. 168
Indexp. 171