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[Guide Home :: Books :: About Tolkien :: This page]  

Tolkien, Race and Cultural History

  • By Fimi, Dimitra
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN-13: 9780230219519
  • ISBN-10: 0230219519
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • November 25, 2008
  • $85.00
  • 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches
  • 264 pages
  • Publisher's website for this title
  • From the Publisher: "Fimi explores the evolution of Tolkien's mythology throughout his lifetime by examining how it changed as a result of his life story and contemporary cultural and intellectual history. This new approach and scope brings to light neglected aspects of Tolkien's imaginative vision and contextualizes his fiction."

    Table of Contents:

  • List of Figures
  • Conventions and Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • PART I: HOW IT ALL BEGAN
  • In the Beginning were the Fairies...
  • 'Fluttering Sprites with Antennae': Victorian and Edwardian Fancies
  • The Fairies, Faith and Folklore
  • PART II: IDEAL BEINGS, IDEAL LANGUAGES
  • The Cat and the Whiskers: Tolkien's Linguistic Creation
  • 'Linguistic Aesthetic': Sounds, Meaning and the Pursuit of Beauty
  • Ideal Languages and Phonetic Spelling
  • PART III: FROM MYTH TO HISTORY
  • The Claim to History
  • A Hierarchical World
  • Visualising Middle-earth: Real and Imagined Material Cultures
  • Epilogue: From Fairies to Hobbits
  • Appendix: 'And Wither Then?': Stepping into the Road
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Last modified: 05/06/09 by Urulöké