J.R.R. Tolkien

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Charles Moseley

A brief but lucid exploration of the issues raised by Lord of the Rings and Tolkien's other fiction.

Description: Tolkien was a specialist in the recherche field. He did not, at least initially, write for a mass audience. Yet for many in the 1960s his books, particually Lord of the Rings, became a political bdge and an interpretive text. Widely translated, his fiction won the accolade both of parody and of its own learned journal; rock bands tok names from his characters; and 'Tolkien' - or how he was read - demonstrably affected modern fantasy, in writng, film, video - and board game.

This book explores how his work came to be so diversely received. Dr Moseley's critical discussion examines Tolkien's view of fiction as 'sub-creation', exploring his analysis of mythopoeia and of the staus of art and literature in elation to his own practice. It is argued that in the critical concerns of Tolkien and his circle lie the key to important issues in his fiction. His use of linguistic game and literary pastiche is explored without obscuring his emotional commitment to the making of myths that expressed some of his deepest fears of the world he experienced.


This book makes fascinating reading

           School Library Association


Author: Moseley, Charles


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