Tolkien. The Father of High Fantasy

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J. R. R. Tolkien, was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy works TheHobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

While many other authors had published works of fantasy before Tolkien the great success of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings led directly to a resurgence of the genre. This has caused Tolkien to be popularly identified as the "father" of modern fantasy literature.

Tolkien once described The Lord of the Rings to his friendas "a fundamentally religious and Catholic work, unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision." Many theological themes underlie the narrative, including the battle of good versus evil, the triumph of humility over pride, and the activity of grace, as seen with Frodo's pity toward Gollum. In addition the epic includes the themes of death and immortality, mercy and pity, resurrection, salvation, repentance, self-sacrifice, free will, justice, fellowship, authority and healing.

Tolkien was heavily influenced also by Nordic mythology. During his education at King Edward's School in Birmingham, the then young Tolkien read and translated from the Old Norse on his own time.

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    • Bibliographic details: "350 pagine. Brossura. Collana: I libri di Tolkien. VOLUME IN BUONE CONDIZIONI. Commento dell'editore: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, il professore che amava i draghi, filologo insigne ed estroso, subcreatore della Terra di Mezzo e dei suoi miti cosmogonici, conservatore, cattolico tradizionalista, antimoderno al punto tale da preferire i fulmini ai lampioni, i cavalli alle automobili, ha insegnato ormai a diverse generazioni ad amare il medioevo e il fantastico e a non considerarli entrambi come qualcosa di negativo, di cui vergognarsi o addirittura di 'pericoloso'. Tolkien, della Evasione del... Read more
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    • GEORGE ALLEN AND UNWIN, 1977
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    • Bibliographic details: First edition. With a large folding map at the rear. 8vo, publisher’s original blue cloth in pictorial dustjacket. 304, genealogical tables, notes, index, appendix pp. A fine copy but for some residue of tape on the endpapers and flaps. Published after Tolkien's death, this book evolved over a sixty year period and was originally conceived before both THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS. It is still considered the original work of the Middle Earth fantasies . Read more
    • BALLANTINE BOOKS, 1982
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    • Bibliographic details: First edition. Illustrated with maps. 8vo, publisher's cream boards backed in oatmeal cloth, in the original brightly decorated dustjacket. xi, 475pp. A very fine copy, as new. Book two of the SECOND CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT, one of the best selling fantasy series of the last four decades and the most famous fantasy works since J.R.R. Tolkien. The series is characterized by psychological complexity, conceptual abstractness and moral bleakness and has attracted much critical praise for its imagination, vivid characterizations, and fast pace. Read more
    • OXFORD, 1964
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    • Bibliographic details: 292 pages of text with glossary of Middle English Vocabulary by J. R. R. Tolkien. Foxing to edges and endpapers. Dust jacket shows standard wear. Clean, tight copy. Record # 609666 Read more
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    • CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS, 1992
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    • Bibliographic details: The second supplemental volume to this reference series: Kingsley Amis to J.R.R. Tolkien, 626 pages. Printed board covers, like new. Record # 402809 Read more
    • BALLANTINE BOOKS, 1978
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    • HOUGHTON MIFFLIN, 1951
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    • BALLANTINE, 1978
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    • Bibliographic details: 76 pages with over 130 color illustrations from Fantasy Films presentation of the film, The Lord of the Rings. Saul Zaenta, Producer. Ralph Bakshi, Director. Color pictorial endpapers. Black cloth boards with some marking to front cover. Oblong Royal 8vo. Short repaired tear on top of title page. Record # 219946 Read more
    • HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY, 1967
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    • Bibliographic details: 448 pagine. Ill. colori. Rilegato in tela con sovracoperta. VOLUME IN OTTIME CONDIZIONI. Titolo originale: The Silmarillion (1977). Collana: I libri di Tolkien. Commento dell'editore: Il Silmarillion, iniziato nel 1917 e la cui elaborazione è stata proseguita da Tolkien fino alla morte, rappresenta il tronco da cui si sono diramate tutte le sue successive opere narrative. "Opera prima", dunque (ma anche "ultima", e di tono assai diverso, ben più elevato delle altre), essa costituisce il repertorio mitico di Read more
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