Interrupted Music by Verlyn Flieger
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Interrupted Music
By Verlyn Flieger

Interrupted Music

Tolkien and the Making of a Mythology

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Interrupted Music by Verlyn Flieger

Book Description

The content of Tolkien's mythology, the Silmarillion, has been the subject of considerable exploration and analysis for many years, but the logistics of its development have been mostly ignored and deserve closer investigation. Nineteenth- and twentieth-century scholars understood the term mythology as a gathering of song and story that derived from and described an identifiable world. Tolkien made a continuous effort over several years to construct a comprehensive mythology, to include not only the stories themselves but also the storytellers, scribes, and bards who were the offspring of his thought. In Interrupted Music Flieger attempts to illuminate the structure of Tolkien's work, allowing the reader to appreciate its broad, overarching design and its careful, painstaking construction. She endeavors to "follow the music from its beginning as an idea in Tolkien's mind through to his final but never-implemented mechanism for realizing that idea, for bringing the voices of his story to the reading public." In addition, Flieger reviews attempts at mythmaking in the history of English literature by Spenser, Milton, and Blake as well as by Joyce and Yeats. She reflects on the important differences between Tolkien and his predecessors and even more between Tolkien and his contemporaries. This in-depth study will fascinate those interested in Tolkien and fantasy literature.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780873388245
ISBN-10: 0873388240
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 184
Imprint: Kent State University Press
Publisher: Kent State University Press
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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A new expanded edition of Tolkien's most famous, and most important essay, which defined his conception of fantasy as a literary form, and which led to the writing of The Lord of the Rings. Accompanied by a critical study of the history and writing of the text.

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Author Biography - Verlyn Flieger

Verlyn Flieger is professor of English at the University of Maryland at College Park. She is the author of the expanded and updated edition of Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien's World (Kent State University Press, 2002), A Question of Time: J. R. R. Tolkien's Road to Faerie (Kent State University Press, 1997), and coeditor of Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on the History of Middle-earth.

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