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Tolkien And The Great War

Author : John Garth
language : en
Publisher: HMH
Release Date : 2013-06-11

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How the First World War influenced the author of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy: “Very much the best book about J.R.R. Tolkien that has yet been written.” —A. N. Wilson As Europe plunged into World War I, J. R. R. Tolkien was a student at Oxford and part of a cohort of literary-minded friends who had wide-ranging conversations in their Tea Club and Barrovian Society. After finishing his degree, Tolkien experienced the horrors of the Great War as a signal officer in the Battle of the Somme, where two of those school friends died. All the while, he was hard at work on an original mythology that would become the basis of his literary masterpiece, the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In this biographical study, drawn in part from Tolkien’s personal wartime papers, John Garth traces the development of the author’s work during this critical period. He shows how the deaths of two comrades compelled Tolkien to pursue the dream they had shared, and argues that the young man used his imagination not to escape from reality—but to transform the cataclysm of his generation. While Tolkien’s contemporaries surrendered to disillusionment, he kept enchantment alive, reshaping an entire literary tradition into a form that resonates to this day. “Garth’s fine study should have a major audience among serious students of Tolkien.” —Publishers Weekly “A highly intelligent book . . . Garth displays impressive skills both as researcher and writer.” —Max Hastings, author of The Secret War “Somewhere, I think, Tolkien is nodding in appreciation.” —San Jose Mercury News “A labour of love in which journalist Garth combines a newsman’s nose for a good story with a scholar’s scrupulous attention to detail . . . Brilliantly argued.” —Daily Mail (UK) “Gripping from start to finish and offers important new insights.” —Library Journal “Insight into how a writer turned academia into art, how deeply friendship supports and wounds us, and how the death and disillusionment that characterized World War I inspired Tolkien’s lush saga.” —Detroit Free Press

A Hobbit A Wardrobe And A Great War

Author : Joseph Loconte
language : en
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date : 2015-06-30

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The untold story of how the First World War shaped the lives, faith, and writings of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis The First World War laid waste to a continent and permanently altered the political and religious landscape of the West. For a generation of men and women, it brought the end of innocence—and the end of faith. Yet for J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, the Great War deepened their spiritual quest. Both men served as soldiers on the Western Front, survived the trenches, and used the experience of that conflict to ignite their Christian imagination. Had there been no Great War, there would have been noHobbit, no Lord of the Rings, no Narnia, and perhaps no conversion to Christianity by C. S. Lewis. Unlike a generation of young writers who lost faith in the God of the Bible, Tolkien and Lewis produced epic stories infused with the themes of guilt and grace, sorrow and consolation. Giving an unabashedly Christian vision of hope in a world tortured by doubt and disillusionment, the two writers created works that changed the course of literature and shaped the faith of millions. This is the first book to explore their work in light of the spiritual crisis sparked by the conflict.

Tolkien And The Peril Of War

Author : Robert S. Blackham
language : en
Publisher: History PressLtd
Release Date : 2011

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Tolkien and the peril of war

J R R Tolkien The Great War

Author : Mark Russell Becher
language : en
Release Date : 2017

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Though Tolkien himself experienced, first hand, the tragedies of the Great War, his literary endeavors differed markedly from those of contemporary "Lost Generation" authors. Rather than interpreting the conflagration of the First World War as the failure of the European cultural project, Tolkien saw the conflict as a modern civil war resulting from a conscious break which Europe had made with its own past centuries earlier. As a result, during an era in European history which was characterized by the near wholesale rejection of the development of western culture dating back to the Classical Era, Tolkien advocated instead for a re-engagement with the virtues of Europe's own past. His chief work, The Lord of the Rings, represents Tolkien's most comprehensive attempt to re-acquaint the citizens of modern Europe with the noble and excellent aspects of their own cultural lineage. During the course of the novel, he chronicles the adventures of four Hobbit protagonists, intentionally chosen as representative English peasants on the eve of the twentieth century, as they encounter and are ennobled by the virtues of the various races of Middle-earth. Their interactions with the kingdoms of men cause these naturally moderate Hobbits to grow in the virtue of courage which characterized the European Middle-Ages, while their relationship with the Elves endows them with the wisdom of the Classical era of the west. These four companions return at novel's end to the modern world of their homeland as matured individuals, prepared to scour the Shire of the evils which beset it and establish a lasting peace within its borders. Tolkien's work offers a vision of the history of European culture in which the moderation of modern men can be ennobled through an encounter with the courage and wisdom of their own distant past and thereby enabling them to undertake the project of establishing justice in the midst of a world which was torn apart by the cataclysm of the Great War. These theses are examined and established in several ways. The work begins with an examination of the cultural and philosophic state of the pre-war European world into which Tolkien was born. It then moves to a study of the dramatic shift in cultural themes which manifested itself in the literature of Europe after the Great War before turning to a consideration of the opposite nature of Tolkien's own response to the same cataclysmic events. Particular attention is given to the nature of Europe's break with its own past in the centuries preceding the First World War. Next, it transitions to an examination of the nature, scope and origins of Tolkien's life-long literary project as a whole before undertaking a detailed study of the themes, plot and structure of The Lord of the Rings itself.

War And The Works Of J R R Tolkien

Author : Janet Brennan Croft
language : en
Publisher: Praeger Publishers
Release Date : 2004

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Examines the role of war in Tolkien's life and works

The Hobbit And Tolkien S Mythology

Author : Bradford Lee Eden
language : en
Publisher: McFarland
Release Date : 2014-10-13

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At the 2013 "Celebrating The Hobbit" conference at Valparaiso University--marking the 75th anniversary of the book's publication and the first installment of Peter Jackson's Hobbit movies--two plenary papers were presented: "Anchoring the Myth: The Impact of The Hobbit on Tolkien's Legendarium" by John D. Rateliff provided numerous examples of The Hobbit's influence on Tolkien's legendarium; and "Tolkien's French Connections" by Verlyn Flieger discussed French influences on the development of Bilbo Baggins and his adventures. In discussions with the plenary speakers and other presenters, it became apparent that a book focusing on how The Hobbit influenced the subsequent development of Tolkien's legendarium was sorely needed. This collection of 15 previously unpublished essays fills that need. With Rateliff's and Flieger's papers included, the book presents two chapters on the Evolution of the Dwarven Race, two chapters on Durin's Day examining the Dwarven lunar calendar, and 11 chapters on themes exploring various topics on influences and revisions between The Hobbit and Tolkien's legendarium.

Tolkien And The Modernists

Author : Theresa Freda Nicolay
language : en
Publisher: McFarland
Release Date : 2014-05-20

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The Lord of the Rings rarely makes an appearance in college courses that aim to examine modern British and American literature. Only in recent years have the fantasies of J.R.R. Tolkien and his friend, C.S. Lewis, made their way into college syllabi alongside T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land or F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. This volume aims to situate Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings within the literary period whose sensibility grew out of the 19th-century rise of secularism and industrialism, which culminated in the cataclysm of world war. During a pivotal moment in the history of Western culture, both Tolkien and his contemporaries--the literary modernists--engaged with the past in order to make sense of the present world, especially in the wake of World War I. While Tolkien and the modernists share many of the same concerns, their responses to the crisis of modernity are often antithetical. While the work of the modernists emphasizes alienation and despair, Tolkien's work underscores the value of fellowship and hope.