- Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
- Verlag: Harpercollins UK; Auflage: UK ed. (20. August 2001)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0261104012
- ISBN-13: 978-0261104013
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 2 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 120.386 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
J. R. R. Tolkien, Author of the Century (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 20. August 2001
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'Shippey's exploration of Tolkien's themes, especially the nature of evil, is superb' Independent 'A timely, erudite and eminently readable book' Evening Standard 'Shippey's research seems limitless. He writes with unusual clarity and presents his arguments well' Sunday Times 'Scholarly and thorough examination of Tolkien's work!a definitive study' Catholic Herald
Following the unprecedented and universal acclaim for The "Lord of the Rings", Tolkien scholar, Professor Tom Shippey, presents us with a fascinating and informed companion to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, in particular focusing on "The Hobbit", "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Silmarillion". This title reveals why all of these books will be timeless, and shows how even such complex works as "The Silmarillion" can be read enjoyably. Taking issue with the uninformed criticism that has often been levelled at Tolkien and fantasy in general, Professor Shippey offers a new approach to Tolkien, to fantasy and to the importance of language in literature, and demonstrates how his books form part of a live and continuing tradition of storytelling that can trace its roots back through Grimm's "Fairy Tales" to the "Elder Edda" and "Beowulf".Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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The text have me a better understanding how Tolkien's own academic interests helped form his most seminal texts, but also how these successes weighed down his other academic and literary endeavors. I can recommend the book to any student of writing, history, literary creation, or Tolkien Devotees. However, people immersed in the Cinemanic Middle Earth may not enjoy the book as much.
For example, in citing the Old Norse Eddic sagas, the word "Eddic" is repeatedly misspelled as "Eddie;" another example is the word "orc," which is too often misspelled as "ore." This is really distracting in a philological discussion of consonant shifts, and language as it evolves; especially in conversations about "dwarves" and their mythological connection to "mining" and "ore," at the same we're hearing about subterranean "orcs" in translations from Old Norse. Pretty funny, actually, but I'm certain that Tolkien, while he may have smiled, would have made a significant fuss about it to the publisher.
Given the cost of the electronic version, I returned the book. Publishers who can't invest the minimal time to diligently proofread their publications don't merit the financial support of dedicated Tolkien readers. I'm sure, given Tolkien's own decades-long struggle to get his works published without misprints, he wouldn't be put out to find I share his distaste for shoddy editions of his writings.