A Tolkien Compass: Including J. R. R. Tolkien's Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings

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Jared Lobdell
Open Court Publishing, 1975 - Literary Criticism - 201 pages
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This guide to travels in Middle-Earth includes an original chapter by Tolkien himself, explaining the meaning and origin of the names in Lord of the Rings. Can hobbits be psychoanalyzed? Does Tolkien's Christianity shine through his imitations of pagan legends? Do his books offer a useful guide to everyday life? These and many more questions are addressed in the eleven chapters of this book. Contributors analyze Gollum's character transformation, the psychological journey of Bilbo, the regime set up by Saruman at the end of Lord of the Rings and its parallels to fascism, the books' narrative technique, and Tolkien's rich use of myth and symbol. This is an insightful book that will appeal to both old and new Tolkien fans.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Gollums Character Transformation in The Hobbit
7
The Psychological Journey of Bilbo Baggins
27
The Fairytale Morality of The Lord of the Rings
41
The Corruption of Power
55
The Image of Man in Tolkien
67
The Interlace Structure of The Lord of the Rings
75
Narrative Pattern in The Fellowship of the Ring
93
Tolkiens View of Fascism
105
Tolkien and the Traditions
115
Aspects of the Paradisiacal in Tolkiens Work
141
Postscript by Jared Lobdell
151
Index
159
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Lobdell is Professor and Walton Fellow in Free Enterprise at Central Pennsylvania College. He is the Chair of the Committee of Scholars of The Agorist Institute.

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