Hobbits Elves and Wizards (Exploring the wonders and worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien's the Lord of the Rings) by Michael N. Stanton Paperback
From Publishers Weekly
In Hobbits, Elves, and Wizards: Exploring the Wonders and Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Michael N. Stanton, who teaches English literature at the University of Vermont, offers biographical and literary insights about Tolkien and his beloved trilogy. Young Tolkien first worked on the story cycle while on sick leave from military duty in WWI; Middle-earth's weather, seasons and flora recall Earth's Northern Hemisphere, says Stanton, thereby reassuring "readers that fundamentally they are on home territory" amidst "large doses of the marvelous."
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This will be the year of J.R.R. Tolkien. New Line Cinema releases the first part of a three part epic adaptation of The Lord of the Rings in December and the buzz has already begun among the hoards of Tolkien fans. Michael Stanton, a noted expert on science fiction and fantasy literature, offers an extraordinary encounter with The Lord of the Rings for readers and viewers alike. Stanton, who has been teaching Tolkien's epic for more than 25 years at the University of Vermont, explores the reader through the thickets of characters and places Tolkien creates eschewing academic jargon and an overload of literary criticism to provide an understandable look at Tolkien's fantasyscape. He looks at characters, places, the various books of the epic, dreams, and the notions of time and history, providing a rich and wonderful portrait of Tolkien's world that no one will want to be without this year.
About the Author
Michael N. Stanton has been teaching English literature at the University of Vermont since 1971 and teaches Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings every year. He has written on science fiction and fantasy literature as well as on Dickens and Melville.
UPC Code - 9781403960252
ISBN Code - 1-4039-6025-9