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The J. R. R. Tolkien Handbook: A Concise Guide to His Life, Writings, and… (1992 original; edició 2002)

de Colin Duriez (Autor)

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J. R. R. Tolkien created an entire fantasy world-complete with its own history, languages, geography, and literature. Readers are quickly caught up in orcs and hobbits, ents, elvin lords, and hundreds of other fascinating and often complex characters who inhabit this magical place. But what are readers to do when they can't remember who Amras was, where in Middle-earth Caras Galadon can be found, or what one might expect to see in the Halls of Mandos? They can open their copy of the J. R. R. Tolkien Handbook. This helpful guide presents all the key characters, places, and things of importance in Tolkien's writings in dictionary format. It also contains details about Tolkien's friends and colleagues, the writers and thinkers who influenced his work, summaries of his beliefs and how they are revealed in his writing, and a handy list of Tolkien's works. Asterisks within articles show other references, allowing readers and students to follow themes that capture their interest and discover more on how Tolkien's life and writing interweave. Tolkien fans, especially those newly introduced to his work by the Lord of the Rings movies, will find this handbook extremely useful for probing the depths of a thoughtful man and his intricate books.… (més)
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Títol:The J. R. R. Tolkien Handbook: A Concise Guide to His Life, Writings, and World of Middle-Earth
Autors:Colin Duriez (Autor)
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Somebody tell Colin Duriez to read the title of his own book. Observe that the title includes the name "J. R. R. Tolkien" -- and not the name "C. S. Lewis."

This is not really a guide to the writings of Tolkien. For that, you want something like Robert Foster's Guide to Middle-Earth. It's not a biography of Tolkien; there are plenty of those, with Humphrey Carpenter's still perhaps the best. Rather, this is a sort of a hybrid: It has references to some of the items in Tolkien's universe, and some details of Tolkien's life, plus some insight into Tolkien's thought and theology.

Or, rather, what Colin Duriez thinks C. S. Lewis would have thought about Tolkien's thought and theology. I'm serious. It seems as if Duriez can't interpret Tolkien except through a C. S. Lewis filter. It is extremely obnoxious. If I wanted a book about C. S. Lewis, I'd read one. Duriez wrote one of them, for pity's sake! (One very similar in format to this one, in fact -- the same sort of overview of life and writings and thought.) I could imagine writing this book in reverse -- Tolkien's theology influenced Lewis, so you could perhaps think about Lewis as Tolkien viewed him (and disagreed with him). But Lewis's only real influence on Tolkien was to encourage him. There is very little Lewis in Tolkien's work, and there shouldn't be so much Lewis in this guide.

If you don't mind the merciless monotony of Duriez's monomania, you may well find this a useful book. It's not as complete as Foster's guide or Carpenter's biography or Tom Shippey's studies of Tolkien's sources, and if you're willing to go for a complete set, you should instead get Foster and Carpenter and Shippey's various works. But if you're only going to get one book, this might be the one you want. ( )
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J. R. R. Tolkien created an entire fantasy world-complete with its own history, languages, geography, and literature. Readers are quickly caught up in orcs and hobbits, ents, elvin lords, and hundreds of other fascinating and often complex characters who inhabit this magical place. But what are readers to do when they can't remember who Amras was, where in Middle-earth Caras Galadon can be found, or what one might expect to see in the Halls of Mandos? They can open their copy of the J. R. R. Tolkien Handbook. This helpful guide presents all the key characters, places, and things of importance in Tolkien's writings in dictionary format. It also contains details about Tolkien's friends and colleagues, the writers and thinkers who influenced his work, summaries of his beliefs and how they are revealed in his writing, and a handy list of Tolkien's works. Asterisks within articles show other references, allowing readers and students to follow themes that capture their interest and discover more on how Tolkien's life and writing interweave. Tolkien fans, especially those newly introduced to his work by the Lord of the Rings movies, will find this handbook extremely useful for probing the depths of a thoughtful man and his intricate books.

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