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J R R Tolkien

In August 2018, as this book was getting close to being finished, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published Tolkien's The Fall of Gondolin as edited by his son, Christopher. The Fall of Gondolin is the third of the four great stories of the ...

Author: Toby Widdicombe

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350092150

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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With his richly detailed world of Middle Earth and the epic tales he told around it, J.R.R. Tolkien invented the modern fantasy novel. For readers and students getting to grips with this world for the first time, J.R.R. Tolkien: A Guide for the Perplexed is an essential guide to the author's life and work. The book helps readers explore: · Tolkien's life and times · Tolkien's mythical world · The languages of Middle Earth · The major works – The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings · Posthumously published writings – from The Silmarillion to the recently discovered The Fall of Gondolin With reference to adaptations of Tolkien's work including the Peter Jackson films, notes on Tolkien's sources and surveys of key scholarly and critical writings, this is an accessible and authoritative guide to one of the 20th century's greatest and most popular writers.

The Great Tales of Middle Earth

The Great Tales of Middle-earth is a beautiful boxed set of the most recently published novels of Middle-earth: Children of Húrin, Beren and Lúthien, and The Fall of Gondolin, packaged together for the first time.

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien


ISBN: 9780358003915

Category: Fiction

Page: 928

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Tolkien and the Great War

'The Fall of Gondolin' is one of Tolkien's most sustained accounts of battle. But Gondolin under attack is not the Somme, despite its corpse-choked waters and smoke-filled claustrophobia. Least of all does the tale dress up the English ...

Author: John Garth

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0544263723

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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How the First World War influenced the author of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy: “Very much the best book about J.R.R. Tolkien that has yet been written.” —A. N. Wilson As Europe plunged into World War I, J. R. R. Tolkien was a student at Oxford and part of a cohort of literary-minded friends who had wide-ranging conversations in their Tea Club and Barrovian Society. After finishing his degree, Tolkien experienced the horrors of the Great War as a signal officer in the Battle of the Somme, where two of those school friends died. All the while, he was hard at work on an original mythology that would become the basis of his literary masterpiece, the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In this biographical study, drawn in part from Tolkien’s personal wartime papers, John Garth traces the development of the author’s work during this critical period. He shows how the deaths of two comrades compelled Tolkien to pursue the dream they had shared, and argues that the young man used his imagination not to escape from reality—but to transform the cataclysm of his generation. While Tolkien’s contemporaries surrendered to disillusionment, he kept enchantment alive, reshaping an entire literary tradition into a form that resonates to this day. “Garth’s fine study should have a major audience among serious students of Tolkien.” —Publishers Weekly “A highly intelligent book . . . Garth displays impressive skills both as researcher and writer.” —Max Hastings, author of The Secret War “Somewhere, I think, Tolkien is nodding in appreciation.” —San Jose Mercury News “A labour of love in which journalist Garth combines a newsman’s nose for a good story with a scholar’s scrupulous attention to detail . . . Brilliantly argued.” —Daily Mail (UK) “Gripping from start to finish and offers important new insights.” —Library Journal “Insight into how a writer turned academia into art, how deeply friendship supports and wounds us, and how the death and disillusionment that characterized World War I inspired Tolkien’s lush saga.” —Detroit Free Press

J R R Tolkien

The most complete form of “The Fall of Gondolin” is to be found in The Book of Lost Tales, but, unfortunately, this was written therefore early in the development of “The Silmarillion”. These early stories such as “The Fall of Gondolin” ...

Author: Colin Duriez

Publisher: Lion Books

ISBN: 0745957099

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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Long before the successful The Lord of the Rings films, J.R.R. Tolkien's creations, imagination, and characters had captured the attention of millions of readers. But who was the man who dreamt up the intricate languages and perfectly crafted world of Middle-earth? Tolkien had a difficult life, for many years: orphaned and poor, his guardian forbad him to communicate with the woman he had fallen in love with, and he went through the horrors of the First World War. An intensely private and brilliant scholar, he spent over fifty years working on the languages, history, peoples and geography of Middle-earth, with a consistent mythology and body of legends inspired by a formidable knowledge of early northern European history and culture. J.R.R. Tolkien became a legend by creating an imaginary world that has enthralled and delighted generations. This delightful and accessible biography brings him to life. Colin Duriez has appeared as a commentator on DVDs of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, and BBC television's The Worlds of Fantasy. He is also the author of The Inklings Handbook (with the late David Porter), J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Story of Their Friendship, and Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings, and has contributed to definitive reference works, The Tolkien Encyclopedia and a number of other tomes relating to Tolkien.

The Inklings and Culture

The Formidable Gates of Gondolin As told in various versions of “The Fall of Gondolin,” Turgon's hidden kingdom was last to fall of the great Elven kingdoms of the First Age. Though its longevity was due primarily to the power of Ulmo ...

Author: Monika B. Hilder

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1527562654

Category: Literary Criticism

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How did five twentieth-century British authors, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, and Dorothy L. Sayers, along with their mentors George MacDonald and G. K. Chesterton, come to contribute more to the intellect and imagination of millions than many of their literary contemporaries put together? How do their achievements continue to inform and potentially transform us in the twenty-first century? In this first collection of its kind, addressing the entire famous group of seven authors, the twenty-seven chapters in The Inklings and Culture explore the legacy of their diverse literary art—inspired by the Christian faith—art that continues to speak hope into a hurting and deeply divided world.

Unfinished Tales

I Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin My father said more than once that 'The Fall of Gondolin' was the first of the tales of the First Age to be composed, and there is no evidence to set against his recollection.

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007322577

Category: Fiction

Page: 470

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This fascinating collection of stories, which continue the tales of The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion and contains an alternative version of The Children of Hurin.

Summary of John Garth s Tolkien and the Great War

He wrote the tale The Fall of Gondolin, which focused on the city of Gondolin and its constituent Gnome kindreds. #7 The story of Tuor and the sea is similar to Tolkien's life during 1914 and 1915. He was a poet with a romantic bent, ...

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC


Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 Tolkien had a very different childhood from what he would have had if he had been a healthier child. He was born in 1892 in Bloemfontein, one of the two Boer republics that had won independence from British rule in South Africa. His father died from rheumatic fever in 1896, and his mother took the boys back to England. #2 Tolkien had a flair for calligraphy, which he had inherited from his mother. He learned to read by the age of four, and began to absorb the children’s books that were popular at the time. He especially yearned for tales of dragons. #3 Tolkien had a keen sensitivity towards the sounds of different languages, and he enjoyed reading and reciting them. He showed unusual linguistic propensities, and he was drawn to the fluidity of Greek punctuated by hardness. #4 Tolkien’s interest in philology, the study of language, was sparked at school. He invented languages and spent his spare time studying them. He was effusive about philology, and he rarely discussed his private lang. with anyone else.

J R R Tolkien and His Literary Resonances

The first is the account of the Fall of Gondolin ; the second is that of the War of Wrath at the conclusion of Silm in which the Valar destroy Melkor's realm and thrust him through the Door of Night into the Void , expelling him from ...

Author: Sir George Clark, Sir

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313308451

Category: Literary Criticism

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Although Tolkien's literary works have, over the past few decades, attracted a considerable and varied body of criticism, much of this material is inaccessible, unreflective, and repetitive. Though various scholars have treated Tolkien's sources and his concept of fantasy, this study situates the author in a broad literary context that includes ancient metrical modes, medieval culture, Renaissance poetics, 19th-century social movements, and modern critical thought. Each chapter is written by an expert contributor and examines the literary resonances of Tolkien's works from a variety of informed perspectives.

A Brief Guide to J R R Tolkien

Gondolin'. It gives a more detailed account of the tale told in chapter twentythree of the Quenta Silmarillion, 'Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin'. Tolkien originally wrote'The Fall of Gondolin', thefirst tale of the First Age he ...

Author: Nigel Cawthorne

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780338600

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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A very readable overview of Tolkien and his work, incorporating a brief biography, an examination of the books and a look at the process of filming his work, including The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings saga. It explores how Tolkien's background as a medievalist and linguist informed the languages of Middle-earth, the influence of his Catholicism and Tolkien's legacy in fantasy. A timely book to coincide with the first of Peter Jackson's two keenly awaited Hobbit films.