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The QPB Companion to The Lord of the Rings

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This handy volume is more than just a footrest to the snug club chair that is THE LORD OF THE RINGS; it is a friend who drops by to share choice gossip about one of your favorite subjects. The storied reality behind the classic fantasy - curious creator, the sword-crossing critics, the "deplorable cultus" ... will not capative Tolkien enthusiasts but amuse those who "just ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published 2001 by Bookspan
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Jan 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
First of all, it's hard to review a compilation; some essays were good, some were okay, and some were bad, in my opinion. One even made me wonder if the author had even read LOTR. Overall, I'm giving this two stars because the majority of the essays were not outstanding, though admittedly I am biased since I did not agree with said essays.
The one outstanding essay was the one by C.S. Lewis which fully merits five stars. He miraculously captured the entire essence of LOTR in just over three pa
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A slim yet valuable addition to any reader's Tolkien's collection. This book gathers the writers and critics who have come to some estimation of Tolkien's influence as a writer and cultural figure.

If the reader would like to read my full review, they can follow the link to my site White Tower Musings below:
2.5 stars. Picked this up at a thrift store in town on a brief excursion to escape the post election doldrums. Ironically, it has the kind of starry-eyed giddiness to it that Tolkien is quoted -- in this book -- as having disliked about his fans, particularly the American ones. It's a quick collection of essays about the trilogy's place in literary history, its public reception, and its creative legacy; some were decent (Asimov and Le Guin!), some were superficial and/or curmudgeonly, most weren ...more
Timothy Darling
It is a pleasure to find a popular anthology of critical essays that are not all smiles. It actually gives a balanced introduction to the critical issues surrounding The Lord of the Rings. Few books, even the greats, have united positive feedback. So the spectrum in this book is refreshing.

It is odd though that it seems somewhat too balanced. For a book that purports to be a "Companion" it is sometimes almost a detractor. I guess that's ok, but it would have been nice to see some actual analysis
Feb 06, 2013 rated it liked it
A rather breezy 2001 attempt to present a variety of critical reviews of several essays on The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien's influence on the second half of the 20th century. This is worth reading for the full 1954 C.S. Lewis review of the Fellowship of the Ring, the 1956 Edmund Wilson slam of a review of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the 1974 Ursula LeGuin memorial essay to Tolkien and his works. The brief Tom Shippey interview is all right, but you're much better off reading his book, " ...more
Aug 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
This is a book of seemingly endless reviews of the LOTR Trilogy, good and bad. At this point, I have only seen the movies so I knew what they were talking about. One of the things that I came away with from this book is you either hate it or love it! I am not one to believe critics anyway...there is a 90% chance that if the review is bad, I'll see the movie or read the book. Critics tend to ignore 1 will appeal to someone.

I WILL try some of those tasty recipes at the end, though! YUM!
Talbot Hook
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I honestly just enjoy anything to do with Tolkien- anything that allows me to delve into his universe or mind.

Plus, Tolkien-based acrostic-crosswords? Who could ask for more?
Jan 19, 2010 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Ann by: Infinity - for the Tolkien essay, not the others...
Not the whole book, just the Tolkien essays.
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