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War and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

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Having participated in the First World War, and having seen two of his sons serve in the Second, Tolkien was concerned with many of the same themes that interested other writers in the post-war period. The rhythm of war flows through his writings, but his own interpretation of the themes, symbols, and motifs of war, however, were influenced by his religious views and his i

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Hardcover, 175 pages
Published June 30th 2004 by Praeger
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Jenna (Falling Letters)
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Brief thoughts originally published 1 February 2018 at Falling Letters.

What Croft does well in this book is place Tolkien’s writing in a grander historical context in which it’s not often considered. He was an author writing primarily in the time following the terrible experience of WWI. Croft juxtaposes other critical writing on war writers and explores how Tolkien was similar or dissimilar, drawing primarily from Paul Fussell’s The Great War and Modern Memory. Croft draws reasoned connections
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Phillip
Feb 21, 2012 rated it liked it
This book won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award (Inklings Studies)in 2005 when it came out. I like this as a complement to read with the much stronger "Tolkien and the Great War" by John Garth, that came out the same year.

I don't have a real criticism of what is present in "War and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien". The problem is that it is so cautious that it doesn't spark the imagination.

Croft does do very well in the book "Tolkien and Shakespeare."
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