Tolkien: Tradition and Invention (2010)

Three Sundays: Feb 2, 9, 16 from 1-3 pm

$100.00 (10% off for members)

He called it a "Secondary World" and said it grew out of the "leaf-mould of the mind." The image of a compost heap will be a starting-point for our discussion of Tolkien's particular leaf-mould of scholarship, invention and experience. The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume I of what is not a trilogy, lays the groundwork for The Lord of the Rings. We'll explore how it created something new out of something old, combining traditional ingredients in a new context to produce what Waterstones book poll declared The Book of the Century. Is it still? Discuss. Three Sundays: Feb 2, 9, 16 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Required Reading: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Recommended Reading: J.R.R. Tolkien: The Monsters and the Critics. His two essays "On Fairy-stories" and "Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics" provide a useful theoretical and critical starting-place for Tolkien's views on story.

Verlyn Flieger is Professor Emerita in the Department of English at the University of Maryland, where for 36 years she taught courses in Tolkien, Medieval Literature, and Comparative Mythology. She is the author of five critical books on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, Splintered Light, A Question of Time, Interrupted Music, Green Suns and Faërie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien, and There Would Always Be A Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien. She edited the Extended edition of Tolkien's Smith of Wootton Major. With Carl Hostetter she edited Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth, and with Douglas A. Anderson she edited the Expanded Edition of Tolkien On Fairy-Stories. With Michael Drout and David Bratman she is a co-editor of the yearly journal Tolkien Studies. She has also published two fantasy novels, Pig Tale and The Inn at Corbies’ Caww, an Arthurian novella, Avilion, and the short stories "Green Hill Country" and "Igraine at Tintagel."

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The Fellowship of the Ring: The Lord of the Rings: Part One Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345339706
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Published: Del Rey - August 12th, 1986