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The Keys of Middle-earth: Discovering Medieval Literature Through the Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien (Paperback)
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The Keys of Middle-earth: Discovering Medieval Literature Through the Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien (Paperback)

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Paperback 380 Pages / Published: 27/08/2015
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A comprehensive introduction to the medieval languages and texts that inspired Tolkien's Middle-earth. Using key episodes in The Silmarillion , The Hobbit , and The Lord of the Rings , medieval texts are presented in their original language with translations. Essential for those who wish to delve deeper into the background to Tolkien's mythology.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137454690
Number of pages: 380
Weight: 606 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 22 mm
Edition: 2nd ed. 2015


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Praise for the previous edition:

"[The Keys of Middle-earth] provides a wide range of texts with insightful introductions and commentary on each of the texts that have been chosen for elucidation." Professor Shaun F.D. Hughes, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English, Purdue University, USA

"The Keys of Middle-earth is a much-needed book... The texts, in Old English, Old Norse, and Middle English, are faithfully presented... textual notes are remarkably thorough." John R. Holmes, Notes and Queries Summary

"Either as a student's text or as an instructor's resource, The Keys of Middle-earth provides an excellent introduction to a number of important medieval texts complete with a judicious, but not overwhelming, awareness of recent scholarship within a compelling context of a modern literary phenomenon - the imaginative world of J. R. R. Tolkien." Miranda Wilcox, The Medieval Review

"'As an anthology of medieval texts it is first rate. The texts, in Old English, Old Norse, and Middle English, are faithfully presented and despite the authors' modest disclaimer that their book cannot accommodate a "full discussion of textual issues" (55), textual notes are remarkably thorough. With equal modesty they call their textual notes "highly selective," but their selection is impeccable. Commentary is just as painstaking: major critical controversies are fully represented. And as an encouragement to further study in three medieval languages, which the authors identify as its main purpose (19), the book is eminently successful." John R Holmes, Tolkien Studies

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