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New Release: “Tolkien and the Study of His Sources”

August 27, 2011 at 10:57 am by Altaira  - 

Our friend Jason Fisher (better known here at  TORN as message board member Visualweasel) has published his first book, Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays. Source criticism — the analysis of a writer’s source material — has long been one of the most popular approaches in exploring the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, but there has never been a comprehensive book on the subject until now. Since Tolkien drew from many disparate sources, an understanding of these sources, as well as how and why he incorporated them, can enhance readers’ appreciation of his work. This collection of new essays by leading Tolkien scholars — including Tom Shippey, John Rateliff, Diana Pavlac Glyer, Jason Fisher, and others — describes the theory and methodology for proper source criticism and provides practical demonstrations of the approach. A must have for serious fans! Here’s what the Tolkien community is saying:

“The most exhaustive examination yet published of demonstrable, probable, and conjectural sources for Tolkien’s legendarium ransacks myth, history, astronomy, literature and popular culture for clues to Tolkien’s raw material. This collection will stimulate readers and scholars alike.”
—Verlyn Flieger, author of Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien’s World

“This critical collection provides a solid defense of the sometimes-maligned literary discipline of ‘source-hunting’ along with outstanding examples of the value of this approach in understanding the depths of Tolkien’s literary creation.”
—Douglas A. Anderson, author of The Annotated Hobbit

“A valuable book for anyone serious about Tolkien. It not only adds new, confirming material to what is known about Tolkien’s sources but covers areas of influence previously denied or underplayed.”
—Marjorie J. Burns, author of Perilous Realms: Celtic and Norse in Tolkien’s Middle-earth

Follow this link to learn more on Amazon, and good luck with the book, Jason!

Posted in Books Publications, Creations, Fans, J.R.R. Tolkien, Merchandise, Tolkien on August 27, 2011 by
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4 responses to “New Release: “Tolkien and the Study of His Sources””

  1. Skipper65 says:

    I haven’t read this book yet, but if you are a serious Tolkien fan like I am, you’ll want to get “The Letters Of J.R.R. Tolkien”. A fascinating insight to the mind of Tolkien, all in his own words. This man could write out  intricate letters with the same ease that you and I breathe air. An invaluable publication.

  2. For those who’re interested, here’s the table of contents with authors:

    ******
    Preface / Jason Fisher —
    Introduction : why source criticism? / Tom Shippey —
    Source criticism : background and applications / E. L. Risden —
    Tolkien and source criticism : remarking and remaking / Jason Fisher —
    The stones and the book : Tolkien, Mesopotamia, and biblical mythopoeia / Nicholas Birns —
    Sea birds and morning stars : Ceyx, Alcyone, and the many metamorphoses of Eärendil and Elwing / Kristine Larsen —
    “Byzantium, new Rome!” : goths, langobards, and Byzantium in The lord of the rings / Miryam Libran-Moreno —
    The Rohirrim : “Anglo-Saxons on horseback” : an inquiry into Tolkien’s use of sources / Thomas Honegger —
    William Caxton’s The golden legend as a source for J.R.R Tolkien’s The lord of the rings / Judy Ann Ford —
    She and Tolkien, revisited / John D. Rateliff —
    Reading John Buchan in search of J.R.R. Tolkien / Mark T. Hooker —
    Biography as source : niggles and notions / Diana Pavlac Glyer and Josh B. Long.******If you find the $40 price a bit steep, you might see if a local public or college library might be interested.

    –Michael W. Perry, author of Untangling Tolkien (a LOTR chronology)

  3. For those who’re interested, here’s the table of contents with authors:

    ******
    Preface / Jason Fisher —
    Introduction : why source criticism? / Tom Shippey —
    Source criticism : background and applications / E. L. Risden —
    Tolkien and source criticism : remarking and remaking / Jason Fisher —
    The stones and the book : Tolkien, Mesopotamia, and biblical mythopoeia / Nicholas Birns —
    Sea birds and morning stars : Ceyx, Alcyone, and the many metamorphoses of Eärendil and Elwing / Kristine Larsen —
    “Byzantium, new Rome!” : goths, langobards, and Byzantium in The lord of the rings / Miryam Libran-Moreno —
    The Rohirrim : “Anglo-Saxons on horseback” : an inquiry into Tolkien’s use of sources / Thomas Honegger —
    William Caxton’s The golden legend as a source for J.R.R Tolkien’s The lord of the rings / Judy Ann Ford —
    She and Tolkien, revisited / John D. Rateliff —
    Reading John Buchan in search of J.R.R. Tolkien / Mark T. Hooker —
    Biography as source : niggles and notions / Diana Pavlac Glyer and Josh B. Long.******If you find the $40 price a bit steep, you might see if a local public or college library might be interested.

    –Michael W. Perry, author of Untangling Tolkien (a LOTR chronology)

  4. For those who’re interested, here’s the table of contents with authors:

    ******
    Preface / Jason Fisher —
    Introduction : why source criticism? / Tom Shippey —
    Source criticism : background and applications / E. L. Risden —
    Tolkien and source criticism : remarking and remaking / Jason Fisher —
    The stones and the book : Tolkien, Mesopotamia, and biblical mythopoeia / Nicholas Birns —
    Sea birds and morning stars : Ceyx, Alcyone, and the many metamorphoses of Eärendil and Elwing / Kristine Larsen —
    “Byzantium, new Rome!” : goths, langobards, and Byzantium in The lord of the rings / Miryam Libran-Moreno —
    The Rohirrim : “Anglo-Saxons on horseback” : an inquiry into Tolkien’s use of sources / Thomas Honegger —
    William Caxton’s The golden legend as a source for J.R.R Tolkien’s The lord of the rings / Judy Ann Ford —
    She and Tolkien, revisited / John D. Rateliff —
    Reading John Buchan in search of J.R.R. Tolkien / Mark T. Hooker —
    Biography as source : niggles and notions / Diana Pavlac Glyer and Josh B. Long.******If you find the $40 price a bit steep, you might see if a local public or college library might be interested.

    –Michael W. Perry, author of Untangling Tolkien (a LOTR chronology)

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