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The Mythology Of Tolkien's Middle Earth

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  47 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Published (first published February 14th 1977)
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Jacklyn Trexler
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tolkien, reviewed
Awesome content, but pretty shallow. I liked this book if only because it's on two of my favorite subjects: myth and Tolkien. To be honest, it read a bit like a high school research paper. A poorly done research paper with no conclusion or real point to it except to tell you stuff. Literally, the format was this:

1. I'm going to tell you about STUFF!

2. STUFF STUFF STUFF STUFF STUFF STUFF...

3. Done!

I mean, there was a lot of great information in here, but the author was not very explicit at all in
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Ryan
May 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Explores elements of Tolkien's work in the context of the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Norse mythology that informed it. Insightful and brief - maybe too brief. I would have liked to see more discussion particularly in the very short section on "themes," which covers fate, subterranean descent, denial of death, language, and chronology all in just a few pages. Interesting, but a little lacking in depth.
Megan
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ruth S. Noel "The Mythology of Middle Earth" seemed on the outset to be a long, monotonous trek into the mythology of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth. In the end though it was a well written explanation and summation of Tolkien's histories of Middle Earth. Tolkien is notoriously difficult to follow only because he has so much backstory behind most of the characters. Noel boils these histories down and explains them. A great and enjoyable read.
Tony Mulqueen
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
The Road goes ever on ... and on .... and on .....
Christopher
Although not incredibly deep, this easy to read comparison of Tolkien's work to older myths is interesting. Its best use is probably as a reference to Tolkien's source material.
Nelle
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A read for those interested in the mythology behind Tolkien's works. Easy to read.
Krista Ivy
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
an inside look at how mythology only adds to itself.
Robert Kaufman
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another help for the wonderful world of Tolkien.
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