From the Back Cover
A Companion to J.R.R. Tolkien
is a complete resource forscholars and students of one of the twentieth century s mostsuccessful and influential authors. It provides an in–depthexamination of Tolkien s entire work by a cadre of topscholars. The essays introduce and analyze his life and works, from The Hobbit
, The Lord of the Rings
, and TheSilmarillion
to his lesser–known fiction and academicpublications. They also explore the role of various themes andinfluences across his body of work, such as mythmaking, medievallanguages, nature, war, religion, and the defeat of evil. Thecontributors situate Tolkien s writing within the context ofother literary periods and genres and analyze his influence onsubsequent generations of fantasy writers. They also discussthe impact of his work on art, film, music, and gaming, from hislifetime to the present. Up–to–date and comprehensive, this surveyof Tolkien studies reflects the continuing influence of his work onthe literature and society of today.
About the Author
Stuart D. Lee is a member of the English Faculty at theUniversity of Oxford. He is the University s Reader inE–learning and Digital Libraries, a member of Merton College, andDeputy CIO at the University s IT Services. He has studiedmedieval literature and the works of Tolkien for over 30 years. Hisresearch focuses on the impact of medieval literature on modernculture, and he lectures in Old English, Tolkien, and the Poetry ofthe First World War. He is co–author of Key Concepts in MedievalLiterature (2006) and The Keys of Middle–earth: DiscoveringMedieval Literature through the Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien(2005).