Tolkien: Creator of Middle-earth

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The range of talents of J. R. R. Tolkien is remarkable. He was not only an accomplished linguist and philologist, but also a scholar of Anglo-Saxon and medieval literature and Nordic folklore, but also a skilful illustrator and storyteller. With these talents, he created a universe that is as real to many readers as the physical world they inhabit daily.

Tolkien: Creator of Middle-earth explores the great creative drive behind Tolkien's continued popularity. With three hundred illustrations of his manuscripts, drawings, maps and letters, the book illustrates the creative process behind his most famous literary works.The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion-And reproduce personal photos and private papers, many of which have never been seen in print.

Six essays introduce the reader to the person of J. R. R. Tolkien and to main themes of his life and work, including the influence of northern languages ​​and legends on the creation of his own legendarium; his concept of "Faërie" as an enchanted literary area; the central importance of his invented languages ​​in his fantasy script; his visual imagination and his genesis in his artworks; and the encouragement he derived from his close friend C.S. Lewis and her literary group The Inklings.

The book brings together the largest collection of original Tolkien material ever assembled in a single volume. Following the extensive archives of the Tolkien collections in the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, which includes more than five hundred boxes, and Marquette University, Milwaukee, as well as private collections, this extremely ambitious and excellently produced book unites the worlds of JRR Tolkien – taught literary, creative and indigenous – provides a rich and detailed understanding and appreciation of this extraordinary author.

This groundbreaking publication, which was created in 2018 on the occasion of a major exhibition in the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford and 2019 in the Morgan Library in New York, is to become a standard work in the literature on J. R. R. Tolkien.


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