9780813190174

The Lord of the Rings

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  • ISBN13:

    9780813190174

  • ISBN10:

    0813190177

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-10-26
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kentucky

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Summary

" With New Line Cinema's production of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, the popularity of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien is unparalleled. Tolkien's books continue to be bestsellers decades after their original publication. An epic in league with those of Spenser and Malory, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, begun during Hitler's rise to power, celebrates the insignificant individual as hero in the modern world. Jane Chance's critical appraisal of Tolkien's heroic masterwork is the first to explore its "mythology of power"--that is, how power, politics, and language interact. Chance looks beyond the fantastic, self-contained world of Middle-earth to the twentieth-century parallels presented in the trilogy.

Author Biography

Jane Chance is Professor of English at Rice University. She has published fifteen books on medieval mythography, Anglo-Saxon, and Middle English literature

Table of Contents

Note on the References and Acknowledgments vii
Chronology: J. R. R. Tolkien's Life and Works ix
Introduction: A Voice for the Dispossessed
1(25)
``Queer'' Hobbits: The Problem of Difference in the Shire
26(12)
The Political Hobbit: The Fellowship of the Ring
38(21)
Knowledge, Language, and Power: The Two Towers
59(36)
Power and the Community: The Return of the King
95(33)
Conclusion: Heroic Narrative and the Power of Structure
128(11)
Notes 139(6)
An Annotated Bibliography: Recommended Works by and about Tolkien 145(8)
About the Author 153(2)
Index 155

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