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The Keys of Middle-Earth: Discovering Medieval Literature through the Fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Keys of Middle-Earth introduces the reader to the world of medieval literature through the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien. Using key episodes in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, readers are taken back to the works of Old, Middle English and Old Norse literature that so influenced Tolkien. The original texts are presented with helpful new translations to help the reader ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 3rd 2006 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published December 16th 2005)
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Nikki
Oct 23, 2011 Nikki rated it really liked it
Like The Tolkien Fan's Medieval Reader, The Keys of Middle-earth collects some of the source texts that Tolkien used or at any rate knew well and may have had in mind, or was inspired by. It focuses on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, though references are made to Tolkien's other works.

It's more useful than The Tolkien Fan's Medieval Reader, though, as it's laid out in a more readable way, and includes summaries and discussions of how the works are related. It includes many texts both in th
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Dr. Andrew Higgins

This is the second edition of Stuart Lee and Elizabeth Solopova's The Keys of Middle-earth and I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting the materials from the first edition and exploring the very interesting new material this volume offers - especially in exploring the 'lit and lang' of Tolkien's inspirations from Finnish (the Kalevala), 'Celtic' and Gothic source works.

This is a very important volume for Tolkien studies which allows exploration of some of the key source works offered in the language To
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Annm
Feb 18, 2016 Annm rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book, and not just because I am a long time Tolkien fan. I found the Old English, Old Norse and Middle English literature that's quoted fascinating. must put Beowulf on the to read list.

I also found that taking German for two years in college helped me see. And understand some of the Old English text. Not much, but it was fun to try. Having the translation on the facing page helped immensely.
ika
May 06, 2012 ika rated it it was amazing
It's a must-read for all those that are looking for references in Tolkien's fiction in order to fully understand the meanings behind certain concepts and motifs taken from Old English and Old Norse verse. It focuses mostly on The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, providing excerpts that are of particular interest to us on the basis of specific fragments from the book. Hence, we are given a very nice comparison of texts with a lenghty description and notes that may help tackle with the original.
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