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Description - The Origins of Tolkien's Middle-earth For Dummies by Greg Harvey

J.R.R. Tolkien's novels of Middle-earth ? The
Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and The
Silmarillian ? have become some of the most
famous, and most beloved, literary works of the twentieth century.
And the Lord of the Rings films by director Peter Jackson
have re-ignited interest in Tolkien and his works, as well as
introduced his stories to a new generation of fans.
Even if you've never read the novels and have only seen the
films, you know that the world of Middle-earth is a complicated
one. Tolkien took great care in representing this world, from
creating new languages to including very particular cultural
details that add to the richness of the world's fabric. Many other
books have been written about Tolkien and his works, but none have
come close to providing the kind of reference needed to comprehend
the world of Middle-earth. That's what veteran Dummies
author and unabashed Tolkien fan Greg Harvey attempts to do in
The Origins of Tolkien's Middle-earth For Dummies.
As the author says in his introduction to the book, this is not
an encyclopedia or quick guide to all the diverse beings,
languages, and history that make up Tolkien's Middle-earth. Nor is
it a set of plot outlines for the novels. Rather, what you'll find
in The Origins of Tolkien's Middle-earth For Dummies is a
basic guide to some of the possible linguistic and mythological
origins of Middle-earth, plus a rudimentary analysis of its many
themes and lessons for our world. This book can help enrich your
reading (or re-reading) of Tolkien's novels, and it will challenge
you to think about the themes inherent in Tolkien's Middle-earth
and their implications in your own life.
Here's just a sampling of the topics you'll find covered in
The Origins of Tolkien's Middle-earth For Dummies:

Exploring the main themes in Tolkien's works, including
immortality and death; the heroic quest; love; fate and free will;
and faith and redemption

Investigating the diverse lands of
Middle-earth ? including the Shire, Gondor, and
Mordor ? and their significance

Examining the different cultures of Middle-earth, such as
Hobbits, Elves, Men, and those wily Wizards

Touring the history of Middle-earth

Understanding Tolkien's creation of new languages to enrich the
story of Middle-earth

Top Ten lists on the battles in the War of the Ring, online
resources, and the ways the films differ from the novels

So, whether you're reading Tolkien's novels or watching the
films for the first time, or you've been a fan for many years and
are looking for a new take on Tolkien's works, The Origins of
Tolkien's Middle-earth For Dummies can help you enhance your
reading or viewing experience for years to come.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780764541865
ISBN-10: 0764541862
Format: Paperback / softback
(235mm x 188mm x 19mm)
Pages: 360
Imprint: Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publish Date: 10-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Greg Harvey

Greg Harvey is a language scholar who has traced the roots of Tolkien's work in European folklore and pre-Christian religious beliefs. He has studied 12 languages, including Elvish, Latin, and Anglo-Saxon.

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