Hobbits, Elves, and Wizards: Exploring the Wonders and Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings"

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 202 pages
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Middle Earth, Gandalf, Frodo, Bilbo: The places and characters that sprang from the mind of J.R.R. Tolkien will live forever in the imaginations of millions of readers. In "Hobbits, Elves, and Wizards," Michael Stanton, a scholar of science fiction and fantasy literature, offers an extraordinary encounter with "The Lord of the Rings." Believing that there is no epic of contemporary literature to match "The Lord of the Rings," Stanton delves critically into the richness of the story. He explores the intricacies of its dialogue and illuminates the idiosyncratic nature of it characters. He looks at places, dreams, notions of time and history. Eschewing academic jargon, Stanton provides an intriguing look at Tolkien's fantasyscape that ultimately shows how all of these parts meld into a singularly compelling work of art that lives and breathes. For those who have read and loved "The Lord of the Rings," Stanton embarks on an exploration of Tolkien's genius, painting a rich and wonderful critical portrait of the world he created, a portrait that no one who truly hopes to understand Tolkien's vision will want to be without.

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Review: Hobbits, Elves and Wizards: The Wonders and Worlds of JRR Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings'

User Review  - Laurel Flynn - Goodreads

I did not have to read this literary disassembling of Tolkien's famous books for coursework. I was inspired to reread The Hobbit, and then the Lord of the Rings books, after seeing the Desolation of ... Read full review

Review: Hobbits, Elves and Wizards: The Wonders and Worlds of JRR Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings'

User Review  - Krista Ivy - Goodreads

an inside look at middle-earth Read full review

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Michael Stanton has been teaching English literature at the University of Vermont since 1971. During his tenure there, he inaugurated the standard course on science fiction and fantasy literature and has taught Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings every year. He has written on science fiction and fantasy literature as well as on Dickens and Melville.

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