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
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, @ichael Stanton, a scholar of science fiction and fantasy literature, offers an extraordinary encounter with Tolkiens masterpiece. elieving 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 its characters. He looks at @laces, dreams, notions of time, and history. Eschewing academic jargon, Stanton provides an intriguing look at Tolkiens 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 Tolkiens genius, painting a rich and wonderful critical portrait of the world he created, a portrait that no one who truly hopes to understand Tolkiens vision will want to be without.

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User Review  - drbubbles - LibraryThing

Underwhelming and disappointing. This is really only worthwhile if you've read LotR once, or maybe twice. If you've read it more times than that, this book is almost entirely a compendium of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - tjsjohanna - LibraryThing

This is a great introductory guide to "The Lord of the Rings". In it there is background and explanation for such varying elements as geography, language, peoples, and the background history Tolkien ... 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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