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Helen M. Luke, The Laughter at the Heart of Things

New York, 2001. 1st edition. Hardback. A collection of articles, including one on Wagner and Tolkien.

Louis Markos, On the Shoulders of Hobbits

The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis

Chicago, 2012. Paperback.

On The Shoulders Of Hobbits is a pleasant and often inspirational look at the role of Virtue in the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Louis Markos, a professor at Houston Baptist University, has done a fine job of describing the classical and theological virtues as they are depicted in The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. He writes as an admirer of both authors, a well educated and thoughtful man, and a deeply believing Christian.*

Richard Mathews, Lightning from a Clear Sky

Tolkien, The Trilogy, and The Silmarillion

Borgo Press, 1978. 1st edition. Paperback. "examines the entire span of Tolkien's fiction". Antiquarian: very good condition.*

Richard Mathews, Fantasy. The Liberation of Imagination

Routledge, 2002

"Mathews sets forth a comprehensive overview of the genre, providing important historical and critical context in which to approach it. Seperate chapters treat William Morris, Robert E. Howard, T.H. White, J.R.R. Tolkien and Ursula K. Le Guin." 1st edition thus. Paperback.

Stanley V. McDonald, The Philosophical Etymology of Hobbit

American Tolkien Society, 1995. 1st edition. Stapled wrapper.

Edward McFadden, Deconstructing Tolkien

A Fundamental Analysis of The Lord of the Rings

Padwolf, 2004. 1st edition. Paperback. "collection of essays, stories, discourses and tributes."*

Alison Milbank, Chesteron and Tolkien as Theologians

The Fantasy of the Real

T&T Clark, 2007. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). "presenting the fascinating argument that Tolkien's fiction can be viewed as the work of a Catholic writer steeped in Chestertonian ideas, and sharing his literary-theological poetics".

Minas Tirith, Dicembre 2008

Rivista della Societa Tolkieniana Italiana

Paperback. Colour cover. B&w internal illustrations. Magazine from the Italian Tolkiensociety with the text of the lectures given at their national meeting Hobbiton 15 in October 2008. The lectures (in Italian) deal with religion, the Kalevala, the 'little people', a gnostic approach and Tolkien's visit to Holland in 1958.

Robert E. Morse, Evocation of Virgil in Tolkien's Art

Geritol for the Classics, 1986

1st edition. Stapled wrappers.

Michael Muhling, The Real Middle-earth

Discovering the Origin of The Lord of the Rings

Sid Harta, 2013. 1st edition. Paperback. Signed and inscribed by the author.

"The Real Middle-earth: Discovering the Origin of The Lord of the Rings reveals fascinating insights into Tolkien and the ancient realm of Abyssinia, and makes connections between them that will leave you astounded."*

Timothy R. O'Neill, The Individuated Hobbit (US)

Jung, Tolkien and the Archetypes of Middle-earth

HoughtonMifflin, 1979. 1st edition. Hardback. "demonstrates how the entire narrative can be read in Jungian terms as the central human struggle for individuation". Antiquarian: very good condition (some wear to the dustjacket).*

Timothy R. O'Neill, The Individuated Hobbit (UK)

Jung, Tolkien and the Archetypes of Middle-earth

Thames and Hudson, 1980. 1st edition. Hardback. "demonstrates how the entire narrative can be read in Jungian terms as the central human struggle for individuation". Antiquarian: very good condition (dustjacket faded).*

Angela Nicholas, Aragorn

JRR Tolkien's Undervalued Hero

Bright, 2012. 1st edition. Oversized paperback.

Part 1 of this book is a biographical study of Aragorn covering his ancestry, pre-birth prophecies, the various stages of his life, and his death early in the Fourth Age. There is particular emphasis on the struggles he faced, both physical and mental, and on his crucially significant role (easily overlooked or underestimated) in bringing about the destruction of the One Ring and the downfall of Sauron. There are also discussions on his appearance and on his many names and titles. Part 2 contains a detailed examination of his interactions and relationships with his contemporaries in Middle-earth, both individuals and races. It also considers the influence of some of his ancestors on his character and attitude.*

Ruth S. Noel, The Mythology of Middle-earth

Thames and Hudson, 1977. 1st edition. Hardback. "A study of Tolkien's mythology and its relationship to the mythos of the ancient world". Antiquarian: fine condition.*

Ruth S. Noel, The Mythology of Middle-earth

Panther, 1979. reprint. Paperback. "A study of Tolkien's mythology and its relationship to the mythos of the ancient world". Antiquarian: very good condition.*

Corey Olsen, Exploring JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit

HoughtonMifflin, 2012. 1st edition. Hardback. Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” is a fun, thoughtful, and insightful companion volume, designed to bring a thorough and original new reading of this great work to a general audience. Professor Corey Olsen takes readers on an in-depth journey through The Hobbit chapter by chapter, revealing the stories within the story: the dark desires of dwarves and the sublime laughter of elves, the nature of evil and its hopelessness, the mystery of divine providence and human choice, and, most of all, the transformation within the life of Bilbo Baggins. Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” is a book that will make The Hobbit come alive for readers as never before.

Bruce Palmer, Of Orc-Rags, Phials and a Far Shore

Visions of Paradise in The Lord of the Rings

Bran's Head, 1981. 1st edition. Stapled wrapper.

Joseph Pearce (ed.), Tolkien: A Celebration

Collected writings on a literary legacy

Ignatius, 2001. Paperback. Fifteen essays on Tolkien.

Collected essays in celebration of J.R.R. Tolkien's great literary legacy, and the spiritual values and faith which undergirded his imaginary Middle-earth. Includes personal recollections from George Sayer and Walter Hooper, C. S. Lewis's biographer, and thirteen other essays, including: * J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of Middle-earth by Stephen Lawhead, himself a best-selling fantasy author with HarperCollins * Tolkien and the Art of Parable by Robert Murray SJ, a friend of Tolkien * The Sense of Time in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings by Kevin Aldrich * The Passion According to Tolkien by Sean McGrath * Tolkien and his critics by Patrick Curry.*

Joseph Pearce, Literay Giants: Literary Catholics

Ignatius, 2005. 1st edition. Hardback.

British author Joseph Pearce has firmly established himself as the premier literary biographer of our time, especially in interpreting the spiritual depths of the Catholic literary tradition. In this new book, Pearce examines a plethora of authors, taking the reader through a dazzling tour of the creative landscape of Catholic prose and poetry. Literary Giants, Literary Catholics covers the vast terrain from Dante to Tolkien, from Shakespeare to Waugh. *

Anne C. Petty, Tolkien in the Land of Heroes

Discovering the Human Spirit

New York, 2003. "The major themes of society -humanity, fate, hope- are all there, traced across the typography of Middle-earth." 1st edition. Paperback.*

Anne C. Petty, Dragons of Fantasy

The Scaly Villains and Heroes of Tolkien, Rowling, McCaffrey, Pratchett and Other Fantasy Greats

'an in-depth look at dragons in fantasy literature. With a section on the history of dragons in myth and literature, plus an extensive bibliography." New York, 2004. 1st edition. Paperback.*

Anne C. Petty, One Ring to Bind Them All. Tolkien's Mythology

Alabama, 2002. Reprint with a new introduction and updated bibliography. "Relates Tolkien's fiction to Joseph Campbell's concepts of the hero quest." Paperback.

Carl Phelpstead, Tolkien and Wales

Language, Literature and Identity

University of Wales Press, 2011. Paperback. Tolkien once wrote: 'I love Wales - and especially the Welsh language'. This book explores how that love influenced Tolkien's ideas about language, many aspects of his creative writing, and his sense of an English identity. It describes more fully than before the extent and depth of Tolkien's debt to Welsh language and literature, and argues that Tolkien's love of Wales and Welsh is inseparable from his love of, and sense of belonging to, England. The book gives detailed attention to both Tolkien's fiction and his scholarly writings, including some relatively neglected texts. Wales and Welsh were seminal influences on the writings of the twentieth century's most popular writer and this book reveals the range and depth of these influences. *

Mario Polia e.a., J.R.R. Tolkien: Creatore di Mondi

Cherchio, 1992. 1st edition. Paperback. Four studies in Italian.

Steve Ponty, Middle-earth in Magic Mirror Maps

Matador, 2014. 1st edition. Hardback.

This work is a fresh look at the Maps of the Wilderland in The Hobbit, leading to the discovery that Professor Tolkien drew the imaginary maps from the Map of Wales back to front, or in reverse. The maps of the Shire in The Lord of The Rings are drawn likewise, of England. '"They are on their way to visit the land of their fathers, away east beyond Mirkwood," put in Gandalf...' Gandalf's talk of the 'land of their fathers' is, by translation of its national anthem, Professor J.R.R. Tolkien's hidden clue to the geography of Wales, which we learn the Professor loved, including its language. The focal point of The Hobbit, the Lonely Mountain, is identified as Cadair Idris of North-West Wales. Many of the topographical features of the Mountain coincide. The volcano-mouth Lake of the Lonely Mountain so resembles Llyn Cau of Cadair Idris. The marvel is that the lake has been overlooked so long: not only by Smaug the Dragon, but also by most commentators on The Hobbit. Which reader remembers there is a lake at all? Stephen interprets many of the allusions borrowed by Tolkien in his fantastic tale, including Beorn at the Carrock, the herons of Wales at Lake Town, and dragon fire at the Withered Heath. The work is divided into nine parts, with three site groupings. His unique focus on Tolkien's map-making methodology will make his book relevant not only to Tolkien fans worldwide, but those interested in geography too.*

Richard Purtill, J.R.R. Tolkien. Myth, Morality and Religion

Ignatius, 2002

Paperback. "This book demonstrates the moral depth in Tolkien's work". *
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Marc-Louis Questin, Le monde légendaire de Tolkien

Éditions Trajectorie, 2001. 1st edition. Paperback. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

John Rateliff, Mr. Baggins

The History of The Hobbit, part 1

HarperCollins, 2007. 1st edition. Hardback. A major new examination of how Tolkien came to write his original masterpiece, including the complete unpublished draft of the story, and many little-known illustrations and previously unpublished maps by Tolkien himself.*

John Rateliff, Return to Bag-End

The History of The Hobbit, part 2

HarperCollins, 2007. 1st edition. Hardback. The second half of a major new examination of how J.R.R.Tolkien came to write his original masterpiece 'The Hobbit', including his complete unpublished draft version of the story, and many little-known illustrations and previously unpublished maps by Tolkien himself. The History of the Hobbit presents for the first time, in two volumes, the complete unpublished text of the original manuscript of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Hobbit, accompanied by John Rateliff's lively and informative account of how the book came to be written and published. As well as recording the numerous changes made to the story both before and after publication, it examines -- chapter-by-chapter -- why those changes were made and how they reflect Tolkien's ever-growing concept of Middle-earth. As well as reproducing the original version of one of literature's most famous stories, both on its own merits and as the foundation for The Lord of the Rings, this new book includes many little-known illustrations and previously unpublished maps for The Hobbit by Tolkien himself.Also featured are extensive annotations and commentaries on the date of composition, how Tolkien's professional and early mythological writings influences.*

John Rateliff, The History of The Hobbit (US)

HoughtonMifflin, 2007. 1st edition. Set of three hardbacks: Mr. Baggins, Return to Bag-End and a copy of the 70th anniversary The Hobbit in a slipcase.*

John Rateliff, The History of The Hobbit (UK)

HarperCollins, 2007. 1st edition. Set of three hardbacks: Mr. Baggins, Return to Bag-End and a copy of the 70th anniversary The Hobbit in a slipcase.*

John Rateliff, Mr. Baggins (paperback)

The History of The Hobbit, part 1

HarperCollins, 2008. 1st edition. Paperback. A major new examination of how Tolkien came to write his original masterpiece, including the complete unpublished draft of the story, and many little-known illustrations and previously unpublished maps by Tolkien himself.*

John Rateliff, Return to Bag-End (paperback)

The History of The Hobbit, part 2

HarperCollins, 2007. 1st edition. Hardback. The second half of a major new examination of how J.R.R.Tolkien came to write his original masterpiece 'The Hobbit', including his complete unpublished draft version of the story, and many little-known illustrations and previously unpublished maps by Tolkien himself. The History of the Hobbit presents for the first time, in two volumes, the complete unpublished text of the original manuscript of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Hobbit, accompanied by John Rateliff's lively and informative account of how the book came to be written and published. As well as recording the numerous changes made to the story both before and after publication, it examines -- chapter-by-chapter -- why those changes were made and how they reflect Tolkien's ever-growing concept of Middle-earth. As well as reproducing the original version of one of literature's most famous stories, both on its own merits and as the foundation for The Lord of the Rings, this new book includes many little-known illustrations and previously unpublished maps for The Hobbit by Tolkien himself.Also featured are extensive annotations and commentaries on the date of composition, how Tolkien's professional and early mythological writings influences.*

John D. Rateliff, A Brief History of The Hobbit

Contains the complete manuscript version of The Hobbit

HarperCollins, 2015. 1st edition. Paperback.*

A Brief History of The Hobbit presents that original manuscript version of The Hobbit, and this is accompanied by John D. Rateliff’s lively and informative commentary, which looks at the story behind Tolkien’s tale. As well as recording the numerous changes made both before and after publication, it examines – chapter-by-chapter – why those changes were made and how they reflect Tolkien’s ever-growing concept of Middle-earth.

The original account of where Bilbo meets Gollum and steals the ring from him is reprinted here, as are little-known illustrations and maps that Tolkien produced for his own reference when drafting the story, together with his later attempt to recast The Hobbit into the style of The Lord of the Rings.
This invaluable companion to one of the most treasured stories in English literature offers fascinating new insights to those who have grown up with this enchanting tale, and will delight those who are about to enter Bilbo’s round door for the first time.

John D. Rateliff, The History of The Hobbit

One-volume Edition

HarperCollins, 2011. 1st edition. Hardback. Illustrated.

In one volume for the first time, this revised and updated examination of how J.R.R.Tolkien came to write his original masterpiece ‘The Hobbit’ includes his complete unpublished draft version of the story, together with notes and illustrations by Tolkien himself.

For the first time in one volume, The History of the Hobbit presents the complete unpublished text of the original manuscript of J.R.R.Tolkien’s The Hobbit, accompanied by John Rateliff's lively and informative account of how the book came to be written and published. As well as recording the numerous changes made to the story both before and after publication, it examines – chapter-by-chapter – why those changes were made and how they reflect Tolkien's ever-growing concept of Middle-earth.

The Hobbit was first published on 21 September 1937. Like its successor, The Lord of the Rings, it is a story that "grew in the telling", and many characters and story threads in the published text are completely different from what Tolkien first wrote to read aloud to his young sons as part of their "fireside reads".

As well as reproducing the original version of one of literature's most famous stories, both on its own merits and as the foundation for The Lord of the Rings, this new book includes many little-known illustrations and previously unpublished maps for The Hobbit by Tolkien himself. Also featured are extensive annotations and commentaries on the date of composition, how Tolkien's professional and early mythological writings influenced the story, the imaginary geography he created, and how Tolkien came to revise the book years after publication to accommodate events in The Lord of the Rings.

Like Christopher Tolkien’s The History of The Lord of the Rings before it, this is a thoughtful yet exhaustive examination of one of the most treasured stories in English literature. Long overdue for a classic book now celebrating 75 years in print, this companion edition offers fascinating new insights for those who have grown up with this enchanting tale, and will delight those who are about to enter Bilbo's round door for the first time.*

William Ready, Understanding Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings (1969)

Paperback Library, 1969. 1st printing. Published before as The Tolkien Relation. "a distinguished scholar who spent hours interviewing Tolkien has written a readable, understandable introduction to the man and his work." Tolkien was quite upset when he read this book... Antiquarian: very good condition.*

William Ready, Understanding Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings (1969)

Paperback Library, 1969. Second printing. Published before as The Tolkien Relation. "a distinguished scholar who spent hours interviewing Tolkien has written a readable, understandable introduction to the man and his work." Tolkien was quite upset when he read this book... Antiquarian: very good condition.*

William Ready, Understanding Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings (1973)

Warner Books, 1973. Fourh printing. Published before as The Tolkien Relation. "a distinguished scholar who spent hours interviewing Tolkien has written a readable, understandable introduction to the man and his work." Tolkien was quite upset when he read this book... Antiquarian: very good condition.*

William Ready, The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit Notes

Coles Notes

Toronto, 1971. 1st edition. Paperback. Background information, summaries, suggestion for further reading and such, aimed at high school students. Antiquarian: very good condition (owner's name on first flyleaf).*

Geoffrey Ridden, Notes on The Hobbit

York Notes

Longman, 1981. 1st edition. Paperback. Background information, summaries and suggestions for further studies, aimed at high school students. Antiquarian: very good condition (spine and part cover faded, binding a bit loose).*