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Master of Middle Earth The Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien

ISBN 0345306368 / 9780345306364 / 0-345-30636-8

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As is the case with all great works of art, J. R. R. Tolkiens masterpieces generously repay close attention and study. In this thoroughly entertaining and perceptive volume, winner of the prestigious Mythopoeic Society Scholarship Award, Professor Kocher examines the sources that Tolkien drew upon in fashioning Middle-earth and its inhabitantsand provides valuable insights into the authors aims and methods. Ranging from The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings to The Silmarillion and beyond, Master of Middle-earth opens the door to a deeper and richer appreciation of Tolkiens magnificent achievement. Inside you will discover

" Why Aragorn is the most misunderstood character in The Lord of the Rings . . . and its true hero.
" The origin of Sauronand the nature of evil in Tolkiens universe.
" The opposing forces of destiny and free will in Frodos quest.
" The Cosmology of Middle-earthis it our world at an earlier time, or does it exist in a fantastic Elsewhere?
" How Tolkiens ideas of morality, religion, and social order underlie every aspect of his lifes work.

Plus a fascinating look at such lesser-known works of Tolkiens as Leaf by Niggle, Smith of Wootton Major, and many others! [via]