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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
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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ika
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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