Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Road to Middle Earth: How JRR Tolkien Created a New Mythology by Tom Shippey

I'll preface this by saying that I bit off more than I could chew with this book. I was hoping for some biographical information on Tolkien and how his life experiences influenced the Lord of the Rings series. This book was, instead, focused on Tolkien's experience as a philologist (linguist) and how that influenced his writing. There are some interesting insights into the word choice and linguistic context for his work, but it was a bit too dense for me to really enjoy it.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PR6039.O32 Z824 2003
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Jason Keller, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Rating: Not Recommended

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