Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

April Books 14) Understanding the Lord of the Rings, eds Rose Zimbardo & Neil Isaacs

A very interesting collection of essays about Tolkien, of which the two standout pieces are "Men, Halflings, and Hero Worship" by Marion Zimmer Bradley, about love and heroism and how they apply to LotR, and "The Road Back to Middle-earth" by Tom Shippey, unlike the others specially commissioned for this volume, describing in detail the differences between the three Peter Jackson films and the books, and analysing why those choices were made. The pieces by C.S. Lewis and W.H. Auden, and Patrick Grant's reflection on Tolkien and Jung, are pretty good too. Some of the others have been slightly overtaken by events, specifically by the publication of The Silmarillion and the History of Middle Earth series. But it's well worth getting hold of for Bradley, Shippey, Lewis, Auden and Grant.
Tags: bookblog 2014, writer: tolkien

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