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The Road to Middle-Earth by Tom Shippey
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Feb 22, 12

really liked it

An excellent exploration of Tolkien's invented world. Taking in old English, Teutonic fairy tales and much more besides, Shippey skewers Tolkien's critics by pointing out that many of them weren't reading the book in the right way, or wanted something that the book didn't intend to provide for them in the first place. Academic without being impenetrable, and easy to pick up and put down. Well, maybe not to put down... His views on Jackson's film adaptations were particularly interesting.

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