Tag Archives: J.r.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Smith of Wooten Major & Farmer Giles of Ham

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings burst on the consciousness of the United States in 1967, and occasioned an obsession that has never died. Its predecessor, The Hobbit, had been known in the U.S. for years, although not well. … Continue reading

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Monsters and the Critics

Liz Milner penned this review. These seven essays provide a glimpse into Tolkien’s intent as a scholar, translator of texts, and novelist. Just as Sir Gawain’s shield device, the pentangle, gave graphic evidence of how Gawain’s virtues were inextricably linked, this book … Continue reading

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Ralph Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings

Sarah Meador penned this review. Ralph Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings makes a startling assumption for an American cartoon feature. While most animated features seem to take it on faith that their audience will be musical-loving children, Lord of the Rings is geared towards … Continue reading

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 

Yes, I had a press ticket. Yes, I went to the earliest possible showing yesterday, opening day (December 18), and refused to eat any popcorn or drink any soda, lest I be distracted even minutely from the film. Yes, I … Continue reading

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

When a reviewer makes specific comments about plot elements in a book or a movie, it is common internet convention to say, “Spoilers ahead!” I cannot think of a single movie made in recent years for which that warning has … Continue reading

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J.E.A. Tyler’s The Complete Tolkien Companion 

This is the second revision of The Tolkien Companion, originally written by J.E.A. Tyler and published in 1976. Tyler first updated The Tolkien Companion in 1979 — entitling it The New Tolkien Companion — after the posthumous publication of The Silmarillion in 1978 (Tolkien died in 1973) … Continue reading

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Verlyn Flieger and Carl F. Hostetter’s Tolkien’s Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle Earth

Very rarely does one man’s genius receive the benefit of two lifetimes’ work. Christopher Tolkien has devoted himself to transcribing and editing his father J. R. R. Tolkien’s working papers for the immense imagined universe of Middle Earth. His enormous … Continue reading

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s The History of Middle-earth

Liz Milner wrote this review. The History of Middle-earth offers an unprecedented opportunity to examine a great writer’s creative development over a period of 60 years. At his death, J.R.R. Tolkien left a huge body of unfinished and often unorganized writings on … Continue reading

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Michel W. Perry’s Untangling Tolkien: A Chronology and Commentary for The Lord of the Rings

Many, many books have been written about the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, but Michael Perry attempts, with Untangling Tolkien, to produce the first detailed chronology of the events that take place in The Lord of the Rings. Some … Continue reading

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, Illustrated by Jemima Catlin

The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien’s original Middle Earth adventure story, was first published in paper in the U.S. when I was 10, and became a huge hit with me and my fellow Baby Boomers. I first heard the story that year, … Continue reading

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