J. R. R. TOLKIEN - THE BOOKS, THE FILMS, THE WHOLE CULTURAL PHENOMENON
A new critical study of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and other books.
This new analysis by Jeremy Mark Robinson explores Tolkien's major writings (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion and The History of Middle-earth volumes), Tolkien and fairy tales, the mythological, political and religious aspects of Tolkien's Middle-earth, the critics' response to Tolkien's fiction over the decades, the Tolkien industry (merchandizing, toys, role-playing games, posters, Tolkien societies, conferences and the like), Tolkien in visual and fantasy art, the cultural aspects of The Lord of the Rings (from the 1950s to the present), Tolkien's fiction's relationship with other fantasy fiction, such as C.S. Lewis and Harry Potter,and the TV, radio and film versions of Tolkien's books, including the new Hollywood interpretations of The Lord of the Rings.
The 2001-03 Hollywood films are discussed in great detail, with a scene-by-scene analysis of each film (including the extended cuts, and omissions, additions, alterations, etc). This new book draws on contemporary cultural theory and analysis and offers a sceptical but sympathetic and illuminating account of the Tolkien phenomenon. This book is designed to appeal to the general reader (and viewer) of Tolkien: it is written in a clear, jargon-free and easily-accessible style. It is also one of the most detailed explorations of Tolkien's writing - this study is almost as long as The Lord of the Rings!
The second edition has been completely updated and rewritten.
820pp Illustrations, bibliography, notes
ISBN-13 9781861712804 £30.00 / $50.00 PAPERBACK
ISBN-13 9781861713209 £50.00 / $75.00 HARDBACK
TOLKIEN'S HEROIC QUEST by Robert Rorabeck
A new critical study of J.R.R. Tolkien, concentrating on some of his lesser known works, such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son and The Battle of Maldon, as well as well-known works such as The Silmarillion and Tolkien's Middle-earth legends.
ISBN-13 9781861712394 £15.00 / $24.00
J.R.R. TOLKIEN: POCKET GUIDE
by Jeremy Mark Robinson
A new guide to the life and work of J.R.R. Tolkien, the premier British fantasy author of the 20th century, and his great works: The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. This guide is clearly written for the general reader, offering an all-round introduction to this hugely popular writer.
Jeremy Robinson has written many critical studies, including Steven Spielberg, Arthur Rimbaud, Jean-Luc Godard, and The Sacred Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky, plus literary monographs on: Samuel Beckett; Thomas Hardy; André Gide; Robert Graves; and Lawrence Durrell.
Bibliography, notes 284pp
ISBN 1-86171-2782 £15.00 / $24.00
THE LORD OF THE RINGS MOVIES by Jeremy Mark Robinson
A pocket guide to the Hollywood adaptions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings, released in 2001, 2002 and 2003. The book tells you everything you need to know about these very popular films, from writing the script through casting and financing, to shooting and performances, to visual effects, editing and theatrical distribution.
The pocket guide includes discussions of every single scene in the three movies, including the Special Extended Editions (including some key individual shots). There are sections on the all of the important differences between The Lord of the Ring book and the movies (including numerous details), as well a chapter exploring the additions and the omissions. Looks at behind the scenes stories, and also the critical response to the movies.
There are chapters on the visual effects, on the casting and key personnel of the movies, on the studio and the financing of the films, on the music and sound, and the marketing and release of the movies in 2001-2003 (including the home entertainment releases on DVD and video). There is also a chapter on the critical response to the movies.
There is also an appendix on other adaptions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books.
Jeremy Robinson has written many critical studies, including Steven Spielberg, Arthur Rimbaud, Jean-Luc Godard, and The Sacred Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky, plus literary monographs on: J.R.R. Tolkien; Samuel Beckett; Thomas Hardy; André Gide; Robert Graves; and Lawrence Durrell.
Bibliography, notes 284pp
ISBN 1-86171-2790 £15.00 / $24.00