DICTIONARY OF SOURCES OF TOLKIEN


DICTIONARY OF SOURCES OF TOLKIEN

DAVID DAY    Book Number: 89100    Product format: Hardback

Tolkien scholar and bestselling author David Day for over four decades has had an enduring fascination with complex mythologies which led him to J. R. R. Tolkien. Here he describes the history and mythology that inspired Tolkien's world in one easily accessible visually stunning heavyweight compendium for all interested in the mythological, literary, historical and philological sources that inspired the author in his creation of Middle-earth and the Undying Lands. The many entries examine the themes, motifs, characters and events that coexist within the universal archetypal world of mythology and folklore. Beginning with A and Aegir, a Norse nature spirit, we are instantly involved with Aeneas, the mythical prince of the ancient city of Troy. Tolkien's Prince Eärendil the Mariner and Aeneas have parallel lives, both being founders of nations. With approximately two entries per page, here are battles, seductions, downfalls, maiden spirits, dragon slayers, the first and original Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, Brownies (originally a dialect name for rural household spirits), Charlemagne compared with Aragorn, both with a charismatic power to heal and command, Gandalf the Grey, Gondor Master of Non-Beings, music, necromancy, Mordor, Sméagol with a fantastic line art illustration with his beady eyes and fanged teeth on page 353, Solomon's Ring, wars and an artist's impression of the Battle of the Black Gate. Plus a whole chapter on Wagner's Ring, the Ring of the Nibelung. Beautifully decorated endpapers, silver foil covered, pagemarker, hundreds of exquisite pen and ink atmospheric illustrations, many full page. 544pp.
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ISBN 9780753733936
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