TitleJ.R.R. Tolkien
AuthorTom Shippey
ImprintTom Shippey Ltd
Sales rank4.5


Recent polls have consistently declared that J.R.R Tolkien is the most influential author of the century, and The Lord of the Rings is the book of the century In support of these claims, the prominent medievalist and scholar of fantasy Professor Tom Shippey now presents us with a fascinating companion to the works of J.R.R Tolkien, focusing in particular on The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion The core of the book examines The Lord of the Rings as a linguistic and cultural map and as a response to the meaning of myth It presents a unique argument to explain the nature of evil and also gives the reader a compelling insight into the unparalleled level of skill necessary to construct such a rich and complex story Shippey also examines The Hobbit, explaining the hobbits anachronistic relationship to the heroic world of Middle earth, and shows the fundamental importance of The Silmarillion to the canon of Tolkien s work He offers as well an illuminating look at other, lesser known works in their connection to Tolkien s life.



J.R.R. Tolkien By Tom Shippey

If you are ever interested in re reading The Lord of the Rings, this book will add to your enjoyment I say re read because if you haven t read Tolkien, it is better to just dive into The Hobbit and then move on to his masterpiece But re reading a book you love is a different type of reading a slower... (Sign in to see more)


J.R.R. Tolkien By Tom Shippey

When Harold Bloom is forced to address the title of your book when writing a literary critique of The Lord of the Rings, regardless of the entire content of your book, you have truly accomplished something.I ve recently started digging into the discourse which surrounds J.R.R Tolkien as I slowly plo... (Sign in to see more)


J.R.R. Tolkien By Tom Shippey

The title of this book is not as overblown as it sounds Shippey is making the case for Tolkien as an author of the century, the twentieth century, responding to the issues and the anxieties of that century He puts Tolkien in a group of influential traumatized authors who tended to write fantasy and ... (Sign in to see more)

Rachel Brown

J.R.R. Tolkien By Tom Shippey

Fantastic analysis of how Tolkien constructed the language, world, and characters of Lord of the Rings, with particular attention to word origins and connotations Easy to read and fascinating Excerpt Tolkien also thought and this takes us back to the roots of his invention that philology coul... (Sign in to see more)


J.R.R. Tolkien By Tom Shippey

This is a fantastic book and really the place to start for non biographical secondary sources on Tolkien My only major gripe is the stuff about Boethian vs Manichaean views of evil in Tolkien What Shippey sees as a Manichaean presentation of evil in Tolkien is only superficially so, and I think if h... (Sign in to see more)

Jkimballcook Cook

J.R.R. Tolkien By Tom Shippey

Well worth reading Any fan of LOTR or the Hobbit will likely enjoy it Shippey s unravelling of the distinct speech patterns and linguistic elements in the council of Elrond is fascinating and illustrates how much thought Tolkien put into what are the largely unseen or unnoticed details of his epic i... (Sign in to see more)


J.R.R. Tolkien By Tom Shippey

Tom Shippey is a Professor of Philology at Oxford, specialising in Old English and Old Norse So he was well placed to explain what made J.R.R Tolkien, himself a Professor of Philology at Oxford, tick By analysing the texts Tolkien himself read and translated, Shippey introduces the reader to Tolkien... (Sign in to see more)

Harry Connolly

J.R.R. Tolkien By Tom Shippey

Book 13 in 15in2015It s deeply pleasing to read about the language Tolkien uses in his work Not the one he created, which this book barely touches on, but the old words, names, and place names that he drew on when he wrote Having studied in the same field at Professor Tolkien, the author is well pla... (Sign in to see more)

Naomi Bowen

J.R.R. Tolkien By Tom Shippey

An excellent book for fans of Tolkien s works.Shippey explores many aspects of The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings The Silmarillion such as language, themes inspiration from religion other old English tales.Unlike a lot of literary criticisms, this book was actually easy to read understand except for a fe... (Sign in to see more)


J.R.R. Tolkien By Tom Shippey

This book was a lot academic than I expected based on the description Probably not for the average reader and not really a biography I expected a lot comparative analysis between the work and person with other candidates for Author of the Century and analysis of Tolkien criticism While there was ... (Sign in to see more)

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