Titel: The Origins of Tolkien's Middle-earth For Dummies
Autor/en: Greg Harvey
John Wiley & Sons Inc
26. September 2003 - kartoniert - 360 Seiten
J.R.R. Tolkien s novels of Middle-earth - TheHobbit, The Lord of the Rings trilogy , and TheSilmarillian - have become some of the mostfamous, and most beloved, literary works of the twentieth century.And the Lord of the Rings films by director Peter Jacksonhave re-ignited interest in Tolkien and his works, as well asintroduced his stories to a new generation of fans.
Even if you ve never read the novels and have only seen thefilms, you know that the world of Middle-earth is a complicatedone. Tolkien took great care in representing this world, fromcreating new languages to including very particular culturaldetails that add to the richness of the world s fabric. Many otherbooks have been written about Tolkien and his works, but none havecome close to providing the kind of reference needed to comprehendthe 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 notan encyclopedia or quick guide to all the diverse beings,languages, and history that make up Tolkien s Middle-earth. Nor isit a set of plot outlines for the novels. Rather, what you ll findin The Origins of Tolkien s Middle-earth For Dummies is abasic guide to some of the possible linguistic and mythologicalorigins of Middle-earth, plus a rudimentary analysis of its manythemes and lessons for our world. This book can help enrich yourreading (or re-reading) of Tolkien s novels, and it will challengeyou to think about the themes inherent in Tolkien s Middle-earthand 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, includingimmortality and death; the heroic quest; love; fate and free will;and faith and redemption
Investigating the diverse lands ofMiddle-earth - including the Shire, Gondor, andMordor - and their significance
Examining the different cultures of Middle-earth, such asHobbits, Elves, Men, and those wily Wizards
Touring the history of Middle-earth
Understanding Tolkien s creation of new languages to enrich thestory of Middle-earth
Top Ten lists on the battles in the War of the Ring, onlineresources, and the ways the films differ from the novels
So, whether you re reading Tolkien s novels or watching thefilms for the first time, or you ve been a fan for many years andare looking for a new take on Tolkien s works, The Origins ofTolkien s Middle-earth For Dummies can help you enhance yourreading or viewing experience for years to come.
Part I: The Geography of Middle-earth.
Chapter 1: The Worlds of Middle-earth.
Chapter 2: The Lands of Middle-earth and Beyond.
Part II: The Beings of Middle-earth.
Chapter 3: The Divine Ainur.
Chapter 4: The Fair Race of Elves.
Chapter 5: The Mortal Race of Men.
Chapter 6: The Hardy Race of Dwarves.
Chapter 7: Those Homespun Hobbits.
Chapter 8: The Wily Wizards.
Chapter 9: Beorn, Tom Bombadil, and Treebeard.
Chapter 10: The Enemy and His Minions.
Part III: The History of Middle-earth.
Chapter 11: The Valarian Ages.
Chapter 12: The First Three Ages and Then Some.
Part IV: The Languages of Middle-earth.
Chapter 13: Tolkien and Language.
Chapter 14: The Tongues of Tolkien.
Part V: The Themes and Mythology of Middle-earth.
Chapter 15: The Struggle Between Good and Evil.
Chapter 16: Immortality and Death.
Chapter 17: The Heroic Quest.
Chapter 18: Chivalry and True Love.
Chapter 19: Fate and Free Will.
Chapter 20: Faith and Redemption.
Chapter 21: Ring-related Myths.
Chapter 22: Ecological Themes.
Chapter 23: Sex and Gender.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 24: Top Ten Battles in the War of the Ring.
Chapter 25: Top Ten Online Middle-earth Resources.
Chapter 26: Top Ten Ways the "Lord of the Rings"Books Differ from the Movies.
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.
"...a great book...helps readers make sense of the creatures,language, geography and richly-detailed history of Middle earth..."( Shields Gazette , Dec 03)
"...a mine of information?a must-have for anyone interested inexploring the epic tales of the four ages of Middle earth..."( Dundee Evening Telegraph and Post , Dec 03)