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The Road to Middle-earth: Revised and Expanded Edition [Paperback]

Item : The Road to Middle-earth: Revised and Expanded Edition [Paperback]
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Author Author : Shippey, Tom
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0618257608
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780618257607
Publisher Publisher : Mariner Books
Pages Pages : 416
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100291193

The Road to Middle-earth, Tom Shippey’s classic work, now revised in paperback, explores J.R.R. Tolkien’s creativity and the sources of his inspiration. Shippey shows in detail how Tolkien’s professional background led him to write The Hobbit and how he created a timeless charm for millions of readers. Examining the foundation of Tolkien’s most popular work, The Lord of the Rings, Shippey also discusses the contribution of The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales to Tolkien’s great myth cycle, showing how Tolkien’s more “difficult” books can be fully appreciated. He goes on to examine the remarkable twelve-volume History of Middle-earth, written by Tolkien’s son and literary heir Christopher Tolkien, which traces the creative and technical processes by which Middle-earth evolved.

The Road to Middle-earth, Tom Shippey’s classic work, now revised in paperback, explores J.R.R. Tolkien’s creativity and the sources of his inspiration. Shippey shows in detail how Tolkien’s professional background led him to write The Hobbit and how he created a timeless charm for millions of readers. Examining the foundation of Tolkien’s most popular work, The Lord of the Rings, Shippey also discusses the contribution of The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales to Tolkien’s great myth cycle, showing how Tolkien’s more “difficult” books can be fully appreciated. He goes on to examine the remarkable twelve-volume History of Middle-earth, written by Tolkien’s son and literary heir Christopher Tolkien, which traces the creative and technical processes by which Middle-earth evolved.

Professor Shippey's commentary is the best so far in elucidating Tolkien's lovely myth. Harper's Magazine

Shippey is a rarity, a scholar well schooled in critical analysis whose writing is beautifully clear. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

[Tolkien] deserves his full do, and Shippey's appreciativlB

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