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Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on the History of Middle-Earth (Anglais) Relié – 30 janvier 2000


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As a scholar of medieval languages and literature, J.R.R. Tolkien brought to his fiction an intense interest in myth and legend. When he died in 1973, he left behind a vast body of unpublished material related to his fictive mythology. Now edited and published as The History of Middle-earth by his son and literary executor, Christopher Tolkien, these 12 volumes provide a record of the growth of J.R.R. Tolkien's mythology from its beginnings in 1917 to the time of his death more than 50 years later. The material in these volumes offers an unparalleled insight into Tolkien's process of myth-making and is a guide to the world of his literary works. This book is the first comprehensive critical examination of Christopher Tolkien's compilation of his father's Middle-earth legends. An opening essay by Rayner Unwin, Tolkien's publisher for many years, surveys the publication history of the collection. The essays that follow, each written by an expert contributor, explore a wide range of topics related to The History of Middle-earth. Included are discussions of Tolkien's languages, the evolution of his vision over time, the shifting importance of central characters, and the effect of his mythology on The Lord of the Rings. By exploring this mythological compendium, the volume sheds further light on the entire body of J.R.R. Tolkien's works and is a valuable resource for all readers interested in his writings.



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Couverture | Copyright | Table des matières | Extrait | Index | Quatrième de couverture
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39 internautes sur 43 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Some *REAL* scholarship here! 17 octobre 2001
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Good Tolkien criticism is sadly rare. Given the amount of fan fluff that's out there, this collection of 14 essays, edited by well-established Tolkien scholars Verlyn Flieger and Carl Hostetter, comes as welcome relief. The essays, all of which are based to varying degrees on the mammoth 12-volume _History of Middle-Earth_ (hereafter abbreviated as HoME) that was recently completed by Christopher Tolkien are divided up into three main sections. Section 1 deals directly with the contents of HoME and what it tells us about Tolkien's creative processes, the history of his ideas and his constantly niggling and tweaking of them. Mostly, these essays help 'make sense' out of the complex assemblage of texts, fragments, etc., that make up HoME. One essay also considers the literary value of HoME, raising the thorny question of whether it's useful only as a scholarly tool or whether there is some actual literary merit to the drafts and fragments contained within. Section 2 is rather short and has three essays on Tolkien's invented languages, focussing on how HomE contributes to our understanding of the development of those languages. The last section deals with more conventionally literary questions, specifically examining how the material in HoME sheds light on questions about plot, influences, sources, structure, etc. A particularly insightful essay here is Paul Thomas's essay on Tolkien's narrative voices in the The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and the various drafts thereof-- noting specifically how (and speculating on why) Tolkien changed the nature of the narrative voice between drafts and final product. A few essays in this latter group revisit topics that have already been discussed near-exhaustively (e.g. the influence of Germanic mythologies on Tolkien), but the scholarship is sound and rigorous all the way through. Highly recommended to Tolkien scholars and to Tolkien fans who want an example of what *real* scholarship (as opposed to fannish pseudo-scholarship a la Michael Martinez) looks like.
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A "must" for all Tolkien fans and scholars! 22 janvier 2001
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These essays are rich in complexity and detail and are recommended for college-level students of Tolkien's writings: they discuss the history of his Middle-Earth world, from the concept of Elvish language and the structure of Elvish verse to Tolkien's lyric poetry. An excellent set of technical discussions on the inviting world of Tolkien.
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excellent 24 novembre 2004
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The price is pretty steep for this text, and that will scare plenty of people away from buying it from a major book distributor. Still, that should not prevent them from checking it out at their local library. The contributions from various scholars are great, particularly, for me, the chapter, "Gandalf and Odin." If I can ever use it in a class, I will. Good stuff, I say.
Superb essays by unsurpassed experts in the field. 15 novembre 2013
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Superb essays by unsurpassed experts in the field.

Read the other reviews if you need more details, but presumably you wouldn't even be looking at this book if you weren't a Tolkien nerd already and didn't already recognize the all-star line-up of critics you have awaiting your page-rustling.
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Not as good as Visualizing Middle-earth 13 juillet 2002
Par "greg-clark" - Publié sur Amazon.com
These essays leave one wanting something more. If you want to learn more about Middle-earth, you want to read a book ABOUT Middle-earth. Not literary criticism where people talk about their parents. Self-analysis may be the bread and butter of criticism, but it doesn't tell you anything interesting. All the history here is rehashed old stuff. Who cares?
You get essays like "The development of Tolkien's legendarium, some threads in the tapestry of Middle-earth." Please let us come up for air. This is the kind of stuff college professors write so they can get tenure. It's more like Cliff's Notes for The History of Middle-earth. Chris Tolkien has already told us all this.
And who really wants to know something like Luthany became Luthien and then Leithien. This book isn't about Middle-earth. It's about how to cure insomnia. You'll learn as much about Tolkien's dwarfs from this book as you will from a can of tomatoes. Visualizing Middle-earth by Michael Martinez is a much better book. Martinez understands that Tolkien's readers want to know more about the world itself. They don't care who held hands in the park on December 16.
Hey if people like this stuff, more power to em. But I want more books on Middle-earth. This book ain't one of them.
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