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Oct 14
2020/10/14 20:23:17 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Caudimordax wrote:

That Science of Middle Earth most caught my attention. Anyone have insights beyond what Blackwell's states about the book on the product listing? Seems like a good fit with Flora of Middle Earth, the upcoming Nature of Middle Earth, as well as Ents, Elves, and Eriador.

It was previously published in French last year, and this is the English translation.

Tolkien et les sciences
Hardcover : 400 pages
ISBN-10 : 2410000754
ISBN-13 : 978-2410000757
Amazon.com link
Amazon.fr link

A quick google translate of the French description:
A key key to understanding Tolkien's world was missing: science. We knew the formidable writer, creator of worlds, inventor of languages, we discovered the botanist, the paleontologist, the geologist, the archeology and chemistry enthusiast. Self-taught in science, Tolkien observed a lot and asked himself a thousand and one questions about fauna, flora, marine currents, volcanoes. This is what makes his imaginary universes and his creatures so believable. 38 experts (archaeologist, astrophysicist, philosopher, paleontologist, economist, psychoanalyst, volcanologist, botanist, chemist, doctor, etc.) sifted through Tolkien's many novels, poems and correspondence to reveal their scientific roots. Each chapter is thus the object of a discovery: the hidden meaning of the Ring which corrupts, why the Hobbits have big feet, the origin of the people of the Dwarves, the animals which inspired their dragons, an Ent is impossible ... Illustrated by superb unpublished drawings by Arnaud Rafaelian, this book intended for Tolkien fans, science lovers, and others sheds a new light on this world work.
Oct 14
2020/10/14 20:26:41 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
About "The Science of Middle Earth", it's the translation of a French book published last year, whose title is "Tolkien and sciences". Unlike the title suggests, it's not a book that explores the sciences applied to Middle-earth, more a book of sciences which uses Tolkien's works as an excuse. It lacked a review of a Tolkien specialist before publication, so even I, as both a contributor (I wrote a chapter about Tolkien and archeology) and a scientist, was disappointed by the contents. The good point : the beautiful illustrations.
In any case, if you're interested by the contents (in French) :
https://www.tolkiendil.com/tolkien/sur ... n/tolkien_et_les_sciences

And a review (also in French of course) : https://www.tolkiendil.com/tolkien/sur ... _et_les_sciences/critique

(Google Translate seems to work enough to understand)
Yesterday
2020/10/21 18:01:42 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Druss wrote:

About "The Science of Middle Earth", it's the translation of a French book published last year, whose title is "Tolkien and sciences". Unlike the title suggests, it's not a book that explores the sciences applied to Middle-earth, more a book of sciences which uses Tolkien's works as an excuse. It lacked a review of a Tolkien specialist before publication, so even I, as both a contributor (I wrote a chapter about Tolkien and archeology) and a scientist, was disappointed by the contents. The good point : the beautiful illustrations.
In any case, if you're interested by the contents (in French) :
https://www.tolkiendil.com/tolkien/sur ... n/tolkien_et_les_sciences

And a review (also in French of course) : https://www.tolkiendil.com/tolkien/sur ... _et_les_sciences/critique

(Google Translate seems to work enough to understand)

This is precisely the insight I was looking for, thank you! Do you mind elaborating a bit further on "a book of sciences which uses Tolkien's works as an excuse"? I wasn't really able to puzzle it out based on your link. Could be the lack of coffee...
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