Myth & Middle-Earth

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Cold Spring Press, 2002 - Social Science - 191 pages
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J.R.R. Tolkien's fiction, especially The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, made him a world-renowned fantasy writer. These tales were based on Tolkien's personal mythology of a place he called Middle-Earth, but Middle-Earth was strongly influenced by the myths and legends of Dark Age Europe that Tolkien studied professionally as a professor at Oxford University. This title takes a popular - not academic - look at the mythic world and mythic themes that inspired Tolkien, not only the Germanic and Norse mythology that most experts discuss, but also Celtic and Finnish myths. It talks of the journeys and quests that inspired Tolkien, dragon myths, beliefs in supernatural, non-human races such as dwarves and elves, the role and function of the warrior, the nature of heroism and more.

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LESLIE ELLEN JONES received her Ph.D. in Folklore and Mythology Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1992. She has published essays on many aspects of Celtic mythology, and the representation of folklore and mythology in film and television. She is the author of Happy Is the Bride the Sun Shines On: Wedding Beliefs, Traditions, and Customs (Contemporary Books) and Druid Shaman Priest: Metaphors of Celtic Paganism (Hisarlik Press), and the forthcoming Myth and Middle-earth: Exploring the Medieval Legends Behind J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (Cold Spring Press).

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