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The Mirror Crack'd: Fear and Horror in JRR Tolkien's Major Works Hardcover – Unabridged, 1 Aug 2008

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing; 1st Unabridged edition (1 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847186343
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847186348
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.3 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,038,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It has the advantage over many conference-based collections of a clear unifying theme. Within its field, its scope is comprehensive, every chapter is accessible to an intelligent reader of Tolkien, and the best essays stand comparison with any work on Tolkien published in the last decade Brian Rosebury , University of Central Lancashire "Why don't we draw wolves? To what extent are our views of European Paganism seen through a Christian bias? What scientific articles might Tolkien have read while writing his legendarium? Does Tolkien express a 'Philosophy of Light' in his work? There's enough variety in these essays to appeal to many interests, and much to think about." Nancy Martsch, 'Beyond Bree', Newsletter of the American Mensa Tolkien special interest group, October 2008.

About the Author

Lynn Forest-Hill, former tutor in medieval literature at the University of Southampton, is a Fellow of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture and the UK Tolkien Society's Education Officer. Following her book, Transgressive Language in Medieval English Drama, she has published essays on Shakespeare, on Tudor Interludes and on Tolkien.

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A distinctive mood and tone of Tolkien's fiction - made up of fear and horror - is explored in this accomplished and coherent collection of literary essays. Appealing to both fans and scholars, the book's focus is an inspired way into Tolkien's narrative skill as a master storyteller who drew upon and brilliantly transformed ancient sources, continuing and replenishing a tradition that celebrates the thwarting of evil most foul and powerful.

Colin Duriez, author of Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings: A Guide to Middle-earth, J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Story of Their Friendship, The Inklings Handbook.
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