The Real Middle-earth

Magic and Mystery in the Dark Ages

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Author: Brian Bates

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9780330491709

Category: Anglo-Saxons

Page: 292

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An intelligent popular history of the magically enchanting early English civilisation on which Tolkien based his world of Lord of the Rings.Tolkien readily admitted that the concept of Middle-earth was not his own invention. An Old English term for the Dark Age world, it was always assumed that the importance of magic in this world existed only in Tolkien's works; now Professor Brian Bates reveals the vivid truth about this historical culture. Behind the stories we know of Dark Age king and queens, warriors and battles, lies the hidden history of Middle-earth, a world of magic, mystery and destiny. Fiery dragons were seen to fly across the sky, monsters haunted the marshes, and elves fired poisoned arrows. Wizards cast healing spells, wise trees gave blessings, and omens foretold the deaths of kings. The very landscape itself was enchanted and the world imbued with a life force. Repressed by a millennium of Christianity, this belief system all but disappeared, leaving only faint traces in folk memory and fairy tales. In this remarkable book Professor Brian Bates has drawn on the latest archaeological findings to reconstruct the imaginative world of our past, revealing a culture with insights that may yet help us understand our own place in the world.

Travels Through Middle Earth

The Path of a Saxon Pagan

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Author: Alaric Albertsson

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 0738715360

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 217

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Tolkien's enduring vision of Middle Earth was largely inspired by the worldview of ancient Saxon Pagans. In this pagan guidebook, Alaric Albertsson presents a complete introduction to Anglo-Saxon cosmology, deities, spirits, and rituals. Travels Through Middle Earth offers practical information about the Saxon Pagan path, including many ways to incorporate Saxon rituals into contemporary spiritual life. Discover the húsel, a basic ritual for honoring personal ancestors, the Gods, and dwarves and elves. Learn how to set up a wéofod, the Saxon altar, to connect with the Gods. Also covered in this handbook: the concept of wyrd and how it shapes your destiny, the holy tides and how to celebrate them, rites of passage, worship, magic, and even instructions for making mead.

The Keys of Middle-earth

Discovering Medieval Literature Through the Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien

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Author: Stuart Lee,Elizabeth Solopova

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137454709

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 380

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A comprehensive introduction to the medieval languages and texts that inspired Tolkien's Middle-earth. Using key episodes in The Silmarillion , The Hobbit , and The Lord of the Rings , medieval texts are presented in their original language with translations. Essential for those who wish to delve deeper into the background to Tolkien's mythology.

Even Better than the Real Thing?

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Author: Martina Reilly

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444725955

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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When steady, dependable artist Eve Cole finds herself sitting by a pool in Florida with an ex-conman, hatching a plan to steal back a painting reportedly worth eleven million euro, she has to ask herself how the hell she wound up here. Her life has always been ordered, safe, predictable. Now, it's anything but, and if planning an art heist isn't enough, she also finds herself falling for the (admittedly gorgeous) ex-con, Larry. Because everyone knows no conman is ever truly reformed, right? Especially not one with as many secrets to hide as Larry. As plans for the robbery get underway, Eve quickly discovers that in love, as in art, it's not always easy to spot the real thing when it comes along. Sometimes, you just have to listen to your heart.

The Atlas of Middle-earth

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Author: Karen Wynn Fonstad

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547524404

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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Karen Wynn Fonstad's THE ATLAS OF MIDDLE-EARTH is an essential volume that will enchant all Tolkien fans. Here is the definitive guide to the geography of Middle-earth, from its founding in the Elder Days through the Third Age, including the journeys of Bilbo, Frodo, and the Fellowship of the Ring. Authentic and updated -- nearly one third of the maps are new, and the text is fully revised -- the atlas illuminates the enchanted world created in THE SILMARILLION, THE HOBBIT, and THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Hundreds of two-color maps and diagrams survey the journeys of the principal characters day by day -- including all the battles and key locations of the First, Second, and Third Ages. Plans and descriptions of castles, buildings, and distinctive landforms are given, along with thematic maps describing the climate, vegetation, languages, and population distribution of Middle-earth throughout its history. An extensive appendix and an index help readers correlate the maps with Tolkien's novels.

Middle-earth Minstrel

Essays on Music in Tolkien

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Author: Bradford Lee Eden

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786456604

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 215

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The twentieth century witnessed a dramatic rise in fantasy writing and few works became as popular or have endured as long as the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien. Surprisingly, little critical attention has been paid to the presence of music in his novels. This collection of essays explores the multitude of musical-literary allusions and themes intertwined throughout Tolkien’s body of work. Of particular interest is Tolkien’s scholarly work with medieval music and its presentation and performance practice, as well as the musical influences of his Victorian and Edwardian background. Discographies of Tolkien-influenced music of the 20th and 21st centuries are included.

The International Relations of Middle-earth

Learning from The Lord of the Rings

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Author: Abigail E. Ruane,Patrick James

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472051822

Category: Political Science

Page: 243

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The Lord of the Rings trilogy sheds light on issues of real-world international relations

Middle-earth and Beyond

Essays on the World of J. R. R. Tolkien

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Author: Janka Kaščáková

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443826111

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 160

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One wonders whether there really is a need for another volume of essays on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Clearly there is. Especially when the volume takes new directions, employs new approaches, focuses on different texts, or reviews and then challenges received wisdom. This volume intends to do all that. The entries on sources and analogues in The Lord of the Rings, a favorite topic, are still able to take new directions. The analyses of Tolkien’s literary art, less common in Tolkien criticism, focus on character—especially that of Tom Bombadil—in which two different conclusions are reached. But characterization is also seen in the light of different literary techniques, motifs, and symbols. A unique contribution examines the place of linguistics in Tolkien’s literary art, employing Gricean concepts in an analysis of The Lay of the Children of Húrin. And a quite timely essay presents a new interpretation of Tolkien’s attitude toward the environment, especially in the character of Tom Bombadil. In sum, this volume covers new ground, and treads some well-worn paths; but here the well-worn path takes a new turn, taking not only scholars but general readers further into the complex and provocative world of Middle-earth, and beyond.

Defending Middle-earth

Tolkien, Myth and Modernity

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Author: Patrick Curry

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618478859

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 198

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A timely critical analysis of J. R. R. Tolkien's masterful trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, addresses the social and political structure of Middle-earth, its nature and ecology, and the spirituality and ethics of Tolkien's world. Reprint.

Science in Popular Culture

A Reference Guide

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Author: A. Bowdoin Van Riper

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313318221

Category: Science

Page: 314

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Spaceships travel through time at lightspeed, piloted by human clones and talking animals. Serious injuries are healed with the wave of a medical gizmo. The media make it all look so real. Can scientists hope to one day accomplish these feats? This book is a fun look at what can, and can't, be achieved with current technology.