Tolkien: A Look Behind The Lord Of The Rings: A Look Behind The Lord Of The Rings

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Orion, Jul 21, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 208 pages
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Lin Carter introduces readers to Tolkien's epic trilogy then takes them on a scholarly yet populist journey through the massive web of myths and legends that Tolkien drew on for both imagery and themes during his life's work. Carter's book places Tolkien's trilogy in the context of world mythology and legend and is a tribute to Tolkiens power of assimilation and original vision. It is the ideal introduction to the background of the LORD OF THE RINGS for the legions of new fans.

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User Review  - Bradley - Goodreads

A fascinating look at the history of fantasy writing and stuff about Tolkien. =) Read full review

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User Review  - Arjen - Goodreads

Interesting stuff about how Tolkien is NOT the inventor of the genre, but that its roots can be traced back a long time. Starting with the ancient Greek, Carter describes many innovative works that directly influence and culminate in Tolkien's work. Read full review

About the author (2011)

If JRR Tolkien was the single author most responsible for the existence of Fantasy as a modern publishing genre then the single editor and critic with the same claim was Lin Carter. His tireless advocacy of both modern fantasy writers and their historical forbears as the first editor on the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series was hugely influential.

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