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10 thoughts on “The Road to Middle-Earth: How J.R.R. Tolkien Created A New Mythology

  1. says:

    If you re going to study Tolkien, you probably can t avoid Shippey Fortunately, his work is reasonably readable although long winded for the size of the book it took me surprisingly long to get through it and he has a good grasp of Tolkien s sources Not that Tolkien would have liked that term, as Shippey quite rightly points out in the appropriate places better say, then, that Shippey knew what influenced Tolkien, through being a medievalist as well, and through teaching Tolkien s own curriculum at Leeds.I realise now, though, that not much of this sunk in I ll have to reread any relevant sections to effectively write my essay, I think It s not a precisely relaxing read, going into the depth of detail it does, and referring to works of Tolkien s which I haven t read or which were themselves difficult to digest.Still, it s a good place to start, and it s probably enjoyable if you don t have an essay deadline looming up behind you, tapping pointedly on your shoulder.


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    Analysis of Tolkien s sources and the uses he put to them is a stape of Tolkien criticism However, it is seldom done terribly well What Shippey has done that no one else has done anywhere near as well so far as I m aware is look at Tolkien s use of those sources and use it to illuminate Tolkien s creative process In so doing, Shippey brings together Tolkien s scholarly identity as a philologist and his authorial identity as a writer of fantasy, and shows that those two identities are one and the same.Put simply, this is the best single book of Tolkien criticism that I have read While much of the ground here is also covered in Shippey s later book, Tolkien Author of the Century, this one in my view has of the meat of his argument.


  3. says:

    From my Weekly Standard review link here IN THE NEWLY REVISED and expanded version of The Road to Middle earth, Tom Shippey, a colleague of Tolkien at Oxford, has delved deep into Middle earth s Northern roots What Tolkien set out to do in The Hobbit, Shippey suggests, was recreate the forgotten literatures of ancient northern Europe The dwarves to which Bilbo is introduced in the first chapter Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Fili, Kili, Bombur, Bifur, Bofur, Dwalin, Balin, and Thorin have names taken directly from a section of the Eddic poem V lusp , often known as the Dvergatal or Dwarves Roster, which scholars have typically regarded as a meaningless list Tolkien, however, saw in the Dvergatal and other such scraps not a rigmarole, but the last faded memento of something once great and important, an Odyssey of the dwarves But, particularly in The Hobbit, Tolkien found it impossible simply to tell a story from the heroic world of the North The narrative itself required the irony of Bilbo Baggins, a bourgeois hobbit, if only to connect the modern reader to the lost world With prodding from the wizard Gandalf, Thorin Oakenshield and the dwarves agree to employ Bilbo as a burglar to accompany them in a journey to reclaim their far off, ancestral home, the Lonely Mountain, from the depredations of the dragon Smaug.For Bilbo, discretion in battle is often the only part of valor, and his ineptitude at burglarious proceedings than once threatens to throw the whole company into ruin The strong comic vein of The Hobbit owes much to the clash between Bilbo s modern anachronisms the jacket he wears, his handkerchiefs, his talk of profit and contracts and the archaic world in which Thorin Oakenshield and the others live The dwarves are on a high and noble quest, straight out of the age of ancient epic Bilbo is on an adventure, straight out of the age of the Victorian novel All the comedy in the book comes from this contrast but in the end, the comic vein gives way, as Thorin, on his deathbed, exchanges with Bilbo parting words indicating a newfound mutual understanding and tolerance of their respective worlds I am glad that I have shared in your perils that has been than any Baggins deserves No said Thorin There is in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure If of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world Perhaps what Tolkien hoped is that through the comic and ironic contrast of a modern hobbit let loose in a heroic world, present day readers would come to some appreciation of the past Or perhaps he simply caught hold of the tail of a fantastic children s story, that day when he scribbled in an exam book, and all he did was hold on while it bucked and galloped its way to the end of the book Maybe he meant it, in other words, or maybe he didn t, but either way he was clearly on to something, for Middle earth proved a thicker, richer place than was necessary for the story.


  4. says:

    There are many intriguing tidbits in here that offer glimpses into the mind of Tolkien Shippey, who followed in Tolkien s footsteps, so far as his career in philology was concerned, was the right man for this job His emphasis is on the place and character names, and the roots of Tolkien s writings in the mythologies that inspired them I was a wee bit disappointed in the book The author dispersed his efforts over all of the published works, spending the bulk of his pages on the writings published after Tolkien s death This was than I was bargaining for Though I appreciate the attention to detail, I would have liked about the overarching themes in the works These are merely alluded to in this work, but not discussed at any length However, that is just my own taste, and has no bearing on the quality of this work For what it is, it was masterfully done, and probably deserves a higher rating than I have provided here.


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    We all know or wrongly deny that J.R.R Tolkien was a genius But Shippey, who took over Tolkien s chair at Oxford, looks at Tolkien s teaching curriculum and comes up with a definitive vote that Tolien was the greatest writer of the English speaking world By studying the place names in the Lord of the Rings and the other works , Shippey shows how Tolkien recaptured English history from long before the 1006 Conquest, and conencted with the myths and tales that had been transmitted into England long before the arrival of Christanity It s not easy creating one myth Tolkien did that, while also saving the essence of many .


  6. says:

    It can be a little dry at time, but definitely worth the read if you re a Tolkien fan The worst part about it is it makes you want to read all of Tolkien s work again.


  7. says:

    Dense but lively, opinionated, and readable, as usual for Shippey After reading The Sweet and the Bitter Death and Dying in J R R Tolkien s The Lord of the Rings by Amy Amendt Raduege, I was interested to see Shippey discuss Aragorn s death This is a deathbed strikingly devoid of the sacraments, of Extreme Unction, of the consolations of religion It is impossible to think of Aragorn as irretrievably damned for his ignorance of Christianity though it is a view some have tried to foist on Beowulf Still, he has not fulfilled the requirements for salvation either p 202


  8. says:

    oh, I am going to use this book for my thesis Shippey shows such interesting insights into Tolkien and his writings and I owe several thoughts for my thesis to him and his appearances on the extended edition Lord of the Rings bonus materials And this book.


  9. says:

    Explores the shape, construction, and process Tolkien used to create Middle Earth If you enjoy Tolkien s writings, you ll probably enjoy this.


  10. says:

    Debo leerlo otra vez.