The Science of Middle-Earth: Explaining the Science Behind the Greatest Fantasy Epic Ever Told!

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Cold Spring Press, Nov 2, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 256 pages
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Henry Gee, Senior editor for what many have called the most important magazine in science today - Nature - has written a spellbinding, fun, and accessible book explaining the scientific basis for how all that wizardy, sorcery, and magic really works in JRR Tolkien's fantasy epic, The Lord of the Rings and his other fictional books featuring Middle-earth. The author explores just how elves might be able to see much further than humans, why Frodo's sword turns blue at the sight of evil orcs, how the rings of power do their thing, and just about every other conundrum or piece of 'elvish magic' that have puzzled and delighted Tolkien fans for years. Throughout, Gee makes the point that science, fantasy , and nature are really more similar than one might think. Gee writes in a popular tone and style, fully explaining all science concepts and convincingly demonstrating how Tolkien's world of fantasy makes sense in a very real - scientific - way.

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When I saw this book (subtitled “Explaining The Science Behind The Greatest Fantasy Epic Ever Told!” in the original US edition), I thought it was time to put my foot down. Okay, Douglas Adams ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carla Nayland - Goodreads

This delightful, loosely connected series of essays explores possible real-world parallels and mechanisms for some of the seemingly fantastical aspects of Middle Earth. How did Orcs reproduce? How could dragons breathe fire? Could Balrogs fly? Review: http://www.carlanayland.org/reviews/s... Read full review

Contents

Foreword by David Brin
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Authors Note
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About J R R Tolkien
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Copyright

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Henry Gee, former Regents Professor at UCLA, is a science writer for "Nature". He lives in London.

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