Tolkien's Legendarium : Essays on the History of Middle-Earth

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  • Copyright: 2000-01-30
  • Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group

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As a scholar of medieval languages and literature, J.R.R. Tolkien brought to his fiction an intense interest in myth and legend. When he died in 1973, he left behind a vast body of unpublished material related to his fictive mythology. Now edited and published as The History of Middle-earth by his son and literary executor, Christopher Tolkien, these 12 volumes provide a record of the growth of J.R.R. Tolkien's mythology from its beginnings in 1917 to the time of his death more than 50 years later. The material in these volumes offers an unparalleled insight into Tolkien's process of myth-making and is a guide to the world of his literary works. This book is the first comprehensive critical examination of Christopher Tolkien's compilation of his father's Middle-earth legends. An opening essay by Rayner Unwin, Tolkien's publisher for many years, surveys the publication history of the collection. The essays that follow, each written by an expert contributor, explore a wide range of topics related to The History of Middle-earth. Included are discussions of Tolkien's languages, the evolution of his vision over time, the shifting importance of central characters, and the effect of his mythology on The Lord of the Rings. By exploring this mythological compendium, the volume sheds further light on the entire body of J.R.R. Tolkien's works and is a valuable resource for all readers interested in his writings.

Author Biography

VERLYN FLIEGER is Professor of English at the University of Maryland, where she teaches courses in Tolkien, Medieval Literature, Comparative Mythology, and Fantasy and Science Fiction.CARL F. HOSTETTER is a computer scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Conventions and Abbreviations xv
I. The History
Early Days of Elder Days
Rayner Unwin
The Development of Tolkien's Legendarium: Some Threads in the Tapestry of Middle-earth
Christina Scull
``A Continuing and Evolving Creation'': Distractions in the Later History of Middle-earth
Wayne G. Hammond
On the Construction of ``The Silmarillion''
Charles E. Noad
The Literary Value of The History of Middle-earth
David Bratman
II. The Languages
Gnomish Is Sindarin: The Conceptual Evolution of an Elvish Language
Christopher Gilson
Certhas, Skirditaila, Fupark: A Feigned History of Runic Origins
Arden R. Smith
Three Elvish Verse Modes: Ann-thennath, Minlamad thent/estent, and Linnod
Patrick Wynne
Carl. F. Hostetter
III. The Cauldron and the Cook
Tolkien's Lyric Poetry
Joe R. Christopher
Some of Tolkien's Narrators
Paul Edmund Thomas
The Footsteps of Ælfwine
Verlyn Flieger
The Lost Road, The Dark Tower, and The Notion Club Papers: Tolkien and Lewis's Time Travel Triad
John D. Rateliff
Gandalf and Odin
Marjorie Burns
Turin's Ofermod: An Old English Theme in the Development of the Story of Turin
Richard C. West
Christopher Tolkien: A Bibliography
Douglas A. Anderson
Suggested Further Reading 253(2)
Index 255(16)
About the Contributors 271

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