|aTolkien, race, and cultural history :|bfrom fairies to Hobbits /|cby Dimitra Fimi.
|aNew York :|bPalgrave Macmillan,|cc2009.
|axvi, 240 p. :|bill. ;|c23 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 217-231) and index.
|aHow it all began -- In the beginning were the fairies-- -- "Fluttering sprites with antennae" : Victorian and Edwardian fancies -- The fairies, faith, and folklore -- Ideal beings, ideal languages -- The cat and the whiskers : Tolkien's linguistic creation -- "Linguistic aesthetic" : sounds, meaning, and the pursuit of beauty -- Ideal languages and phonetic spelling -- From myth to history -- The claim to history -- A hierarchical world -- Visualising Middle-Earth : real and imagined material cultures.
|a"Tolkien, Race and Cultural History explores the evolution of Tolkien's mythology by examining how it changed as a result of Tolkien's life story and contemporary cultural and intellectual history. The book considers Tolkien's creative writing as an ever-developing 'legendarium': an interconnected web of stories, poems and essays, from his early poems in the 1910s to his latest writings in the early 1970s. Consequently, the book is not restricted to a discussion of Tolkien's best-known works only (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion), but examines the whole corpus of his legendarium, including the 12-volume History of Middle-earth series, which has received little attention from critics."--Jacket.
|aTolkien, J. R. R.|d1892-1973|q(John Ronald Reuel),|xCriticism and interpretation.
|aTolkien, J. R. R.|d1892-1973|q(John Ronald Reuel),|xKnowledge and learning.
|aLiterature and folklore |x History |y 20th century. |z England
|aFantasy literature, English |x History and criticism.