Since the first volume appeared in 1954, Tolkien's trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, has become one of the most widely loved works of fiction ever published, and the subject of a blockbuster film adaptation.
In its blend of epic and fairy-tale, uncanny atmosphere and moral force, it is unique in modern English literature.
In Master of Middle-Earth, Paul Kocher focuses on The Lord of the Rings, but also considers Tolkien's fiction as a whole, showing the relationship of the short prose and verse narratives to the major work.
In chapters such as 'Sauron and the Nature of Evil', 'The Free Peoples' and 'Aragorn' he traces Tolkien's principal themes and preoccupations and casts a brilliant light on the geography and inhabitants of Middle-Earth.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 07/11/2002
- Category: Literary studies: from c 1900 -
- ISBN: 9780712636971
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Review by DinadansFriend
A competent, but not lively study of JRRT. Useful for the literary scholar, but as usual, there's not much exploration of why he chose the genre for the work he did. It remains unknown whether he felt betrayed by some circumstance in his own life, or whether he was simply so constrained by his class and familial structures that a world of pure make-believe was the way to proceed. Still we have the stories, after all.