The folks from Crescent Moon Publishing send along word of two Tolkien books available on Take a look at Tolkien’s Heroic Quest (Paperback) and J.R.R. Tolkien: The Books, The Films, The Whole Cultural Phenomenon, Including a Scene By Scene Analysis of the 2001-2003 Lord of the Rings Films (Paperback).

by Jeremy Mark Robinson

A new critical study of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and other books.
This new analysis by Jeremy Mark Robinson explores Tolkien’s major writings (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. The Silmarillion and The History of Middle-earth volumes), Tolkien and fairy tales, the mythological, political and religious aspects of Tolkien’s Midde-earth, the critics’ response to Tolkien’s fiction over the decades, the Tolkien industry (merchandizing, toys, role-playing games, posters, Tolkien societies, conferences and the like), Tolkien in visual and fantasy art, the cultural aspects of The Lord of the Rings (from the 1950s to the present), Tolkien’s fiction’s relationship with other fantasy fiction, such as C.S. Lewis and Harry Potter,and the TV, radio and film versions of Tolkien’s books, including the new Hollywood interpretations of The Lord of the Rings. ?The 2001-03 Hollywood films are discussed in great detail, with a scene-by-scene analysis of each film (including the extended cuts, and omissions, additions, alterations, etc).

This new book draws on contemporary cultural theory and analysis and offers a sceptical but sympathetic and illuminating account of the Tolkien phenomenon. This book is designed to appeal to the general reader (and viewer) of Tolkien: it is written in a clear, jargon-free and easily-accessible style.

It is also one of the most detailed explorations of Tolkiens writing – this study is almost as long as The Lord of the Rings!

Jeremy Mark Robinson’s books include Glorification: Religious Abstraction in Renaissance and 20th Century Art (1990), Arthur Rimbaud (1992), Lawrence Durrell (1995) and Detonation Britain: Nuclear War in the UK (1997). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of American poetry).

820pp Illustrations, bibliography, notes
ISBN-13 9781861710574 30.00 / $60.00

by Robert Rorabeck

A new critical study of J.R.R. Tolkien, concentrating on some of his lesser known works, such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelms Son and The Battle of Maldon, as well as well-known works such as The Silmarillion and Tolkiens Middle-earth legends.

ISBN-13 9781861712394 15.00 / $30.00