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More to William Morris: Two Books that Inspired J. R. R. Tolkien-The House of the Wolfings and The Roots of the Mountains [Paperback]

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25 Oct 2003
J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings, said that his writing was inspired and influenced by the books of William Morris. This book contains two of Morris's best loved books: The House of the Wolfings and The Roots of the Mountains.

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Inkling Books (25 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587420236
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587420238
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 18.9 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but hard work 3 Feb 2007
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I am a huge fan of Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, etc, reading them many many times before the films came out. So I was very interested to discover William Morris's books.

They are very well written stories with a lot of detail and its amazing to see where Tolkien got his some of his ideas, names etc from. However I found it was very much in the same style as reading The Silmarillion. So if you enjoyed that you will like this. If you prefer the style of Lord of the Rings then you may not get it straightaway. But worth a read.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy writing started right here 9 Sep 2006
There are two wonderful books between these covers. They are:

The House of the Wolfings

A people of the Goths, made up of family units living in the scattered communities of Nether-mark, Mid-mark and Upper-mark, along a section of river running through a forest called Mirkwood, are threatened by an army of Rome, marching from the south. They are not prepared to wait for the onslaught, but arrange a war council at their traditional gathering place, the Folk-Thing. There they choose battle leaders and formulate a plan of campaign. One of the leaders, the War-duke Thiodolf of the House of the Wolfings, has a secret lover called The Wood-Sun and she is a daughter of the gods. It is a matter of great concern to her that Thiodolf should not be killed in battle so she tries to protect him with a special dwarf-wrought hauberk. She is not entirely honest with Thiodolf about the powers of this hauberk and he has a bad feeling about it, so she has to use all her powers of persuasion to induce him to wear it. It's an act of selfishness on her part because she knows that Thiodolf is more concerned about the preservation of his people than the preservation of himself and her priorities are somewhat different. There are several battles and skirmishes and things could go either way. The Romans are courageous and disciplined and there are many of them, but they are fighting a strong and valiant people who know the local area and who, moreover, have more to lose than the Romans. One of the biggest dangers for the kindreds of the Goths, is the possible failure of morale. Thiodolf is a great hero of the people and if they should see his courage falter, all could be lost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars William Morris 28 Jun 2012
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Great read; if you are into Medieval "Romance" tales these are highly engrossing and very well written; I discovered Morris by chance but would highly recommend his books. As always, Amazon delivered fast and efficiently.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed by format 1 April 2005
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The House of Wolfings and The Roots of the Mountains, published together in one volume, by William Morris.

I enjoy Morris's work very much. The style is high, archaic, and, to my taste, very beautiful. So I am grateful that Inkling Books is once again making his works available. If I were rating the story alone, I would have given it 5 stars.

What is extremely disappointing, however, is that this edition (that contains both the House of Wolfings and The Roots of the Mountains) is almost torture to read due to the formatting. I have to strain to read the text. The type is a thin 9 pt font, which frequently goes into an even thinner italics. The pages are two columns, and the margins are small. Each page is a large 9.5 in height, and 7.5 in width. The net effect is that the open book looks more like a forbidding text book with tiny type than it does a work of enjoyable literature.

The terrible format has taken away the pleasure I am sure I could have had reading these stories. I recommend people look to purchase these works of Morris in separate editions, both of which Inkling Books does in fact offer (which I am led to hope, from the higher page numbers per story, are more felicitously formatted). I also think Inklings Books should make known the (unfortunate) nature of the formatting of the text in their advertisement of this one volume edition. Personally, I'd take it off the market altogether so that poor fools like myself would not accidentally purchase it over the more standardly formatted, and hence readable, editions.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure for any Tolkien fanatic 15 Jun 2008
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Thousands of modern day fantasy authors are inspired by the works of J.R.R Tolkien - but who inspired Tolkien? "More to William Morris: Two Books That Inspired J.R.R. Tolkien" looks at the author who Tolkien himself credited with the majority of his inspiration for the iconic 'The Lord of the Rings' saga. Offering two of Morris's works in 'The House of the Wolflings' and the 'The Roots of the Mountains', "More to William Morris: Two Books that Inspired J.R.R. Tolkien" is a treasure for any Tolkien fanatic who wants to learn more of the roots of their beloved author and for community library literary collections. Also for Tolkien fans from Inkling Press is Michael W. Perry's "Untangling Tolkien: A Chronology and Commentary for The Lord of the Rings" (1587420198, $17.95) - focusing on the complete history of the Rings Saga.
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