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Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays

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"This compendium by leading Tolkien scholars describes the theory and methodology for proper source criticism of Tolkien's works and then provides practical demonstrations of the approach. Ranging widely across Tolkien's writings, as well as across the periods and genres from which he took inspiration, the essays provide the most balanced and comprehensive demonstration of ...more
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Published July 19th 2011 by McFarland & Company
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Dr. Andrew Higgins
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read book for all lovers of Tolkien and related literature and studies. I am working on a larger review of this book which I will post. Jason Fisher has put together a book that is not only an excellent study of the types of source materials Tolkien used to cook his "soup" but also has given us a "how to" manual on how to work with source materials and how they may have or not influenced Tolkien. This is a book I will refer to many times and have already read some of the chapters ...more
Sara
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm skipping around these essays, enjoying the thoughts of several of the authors we have studied in my Mythgard Institute classes. Jason Fisher (the overall editor and compiler, Tom Shippey, E.L. Risden, Nicholas Birns, Kristine Larsen, Miryam Libran-Moreno, Thomas Honegger, J.A. Ford, John D. Rateliff, Mark T. Hooker, and Diana P. Glyler with Josh Long are the authors contributing to these essays.

The careful introduction by Tom Shippey on source criticism, so frequently dismissed by Tolkien hi
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Beth Withers
Nov 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Since Tolkien didn’t care for source criticism, or people spending hours trying to decide where he got his ideas, it seems strange that this book should come together. The author makes it clear from the beginning that there is indeed value in wondering what influences might have been present when Tolkien wrote his most famous work. One of the most valid reasons to me is that the time period has changed, education has changed, and the world has changed. We aren’t as familiar today with the litera ...more
Lief
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Overall, this collection of essays provides a wealth of insight and information for anyone looking to learn more about how Tolkien approached writing, and especially how he worked source materials into his works. As always, source study requires the caution not to miss the forest for the trees--Tolkien's works ought to be studied for the beauty and the art they provide in and of themselves. Still, a deeper appreciation for his craft can be gained by a study of his sources. My primary complaint w ...more
Kimberly
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Tolkien and a Study of His Sources" is a collection of essays written by current Tolkien scholars, reflecting on different works and authors who may have influenced Tolkien. Three introductory chapters (written by Tom Shippey, E. Risden and Jason Fisher) address source criticism itself, to give the reader a better understanding of the topic. Included among the Tolkien topics addressed are: Biblical and Mesopotamian sources, ancient Greek myths and stories, Byzantium and Gondor, Anglo-Saxons and ...more
Shiloh
Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A great collection of essays examining not only which texts may have influenced Tolkien--from the ancient to the medieval to the contemporary--but also whether source criticism is useful and in what contexts it might be useful. The essays cover Tolkien works from The Silmarillion to The Lord of the Rings to "Leaf by Niggle."
Janice Liedl
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: academic
Very much a useful read for the Tolkien scholar, particularly those who want to get up to speed on literary approaches to his work.
Sem
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tolkien, lit-crit
The essays vary in quality but the best are very good - and also useful.
Leaflet
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tolkien, essays
Some good essays.
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