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Adam Roberts, The Riddles of The Hobbit

Palgrave, 2013. 1st edition. Hardback.

Riddles have lost none of their power over us: we are as fascinated by mysteries, from sudoko to whodunnits, from jokes to philosophical conundrums. The Hobbit is a book threaded through with riddles; most obviously in its central 'Riddles in the Dark' chapter, but everywhere else too—what does 'Good Morning' mean? What is a burrahobbit? How many versions of the Hobbit are there? What is the buried secret in the nine riddles Bilbo and Gollum swap between one another? What are Ents? Dragons? Wizards? What is the magic of the magic ring?*

Jeremy Mark Robinson, J.R.R. Tolkien: The Books, The Films, The Whole Cultural Phenomenon

Includes a scene-by-scene analysis of the 2001-2003 Lord of the Rings films

Crescent Moon, 2008. Paperback. Illustrated.*

A new cultural analysis of J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of Middle-earth and author of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and other books. This new critical study explores Tolkien's major writings (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics, The Letters, The Silmarillion and The History of Middle-earth volumes), Tolkien and fairy tales, the mythological, political and religious aspects of Tolkien's Middle-earth, the critics' response to Tolkien's fiction over the decades, the Tolkien industry (merchandizing, toys, role-playing games, posters, Tolkien societies, conferences and the like), Tolkien in visual and fantasy art, the cultural aspects of The Lord of the Rings (from the 1950s to the present), Tolkien's fiction's relationship with other fantasy fiction, such as C.S. Lewis and Harry Potter, and the TV, radio and film versions of Tolkien's books, including the new Hollywood interpretations of The Lord of the Rings. The 2001-03 Hollywood films are discussed in great detail, with a scene-by-scene analysis of each film (including the extended cuts, and omissions, additions, alterations, etc). This new book draws on contemporary cultural theory and analysis and offers a sceptical but sympathetic and illuminating account of the Tolkien phenomenon. This book is designed to appeal to the general reader (and viewer) of Tolkien: it is written in a clear, jargon-free and easily-accessible style. Jeremy Robinson's books include Glorification: Religious Abstraction in Renaissance and 20th Century Art (1990), Arthur Rimbaud (1992), Lawrence Durrell (1995) and Detonation Britain: Nuclear War in the UK (1997). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of American poetry).

Robert Rorabeck, Tolkien's Heroic Quest

Crescent Moon, 2008. 1st edition. Paperback. University thesis. "The encompassing claim of this study is that Tolkien operated as a social critic through his fictional writing, and that Tolkien's developing social criticism has its roots in his critical interpretations of The Battle of Maldon and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight."*

Brian Rosebury, Tolkien: A Cultural Phenomenon

Palgrave, 2003

1st edition. Paperback. "This comprehensive introduction aims to explain his work clearly, to analyse the mixed reception he has received from critics and to suggest a positive view of his importance"*

Melanie Rost, Masculinity in Tolkien

2011. 1st edition. Paperback.

In Masculinity in Tolkien, Rost argues that despite Tolkien's often conservative views when it comes to sex and gender, a closer look at how masculinity is performed in his works actually shows the social criticism hidden within, the rejection of the heroic code and the search for a hero and a masculinity which is built on love and loyalty, not the excess of courage and pride of heroic poetry.*

David Rowe, The Proverbs of Middle-earth

Milton Keynes, 2016. 1st edition. Paperback. Illustrated. Foreword by Peter Kreeft. "The works of Tolkien...are filled with hundreds of original proverbs. Rowe discovers and investigates the degree to which the 'soul' of each fictional civilizations can be understood through the lens of their proverbs."*

Fleming Rutledge, The Battle for Middle-earth

Tolkien's Divine Design in The Lord of the Rings

Eerdmans, 2004. "uncovers the theological currents that lie just under the surface of Tolkien's epic tale". Paperback. Cover by Ted Nasmith.*

John S. Ryan, The Shaping of Middle-earth's Maker

Influences on the Life and Literature of J.R.R. Tolkien

American Tolkien Society, 1991. Stapled wrappers.

Mary Salu (ed.), Tolkien: Scholar and Storyteller

Essays in Memoriam

Cornell University Press, 1979. 1st edition. Hardback. Contains many essays, as well as Tolkien's Valedictory Address to the University of Oxford in 1959. Antiquarian: very good condition (spine and part of the front of the dustjacket faded).*

Dominic Sandbrook, The Great British Dream Factory

The Strange History of Our National Imagination

Allen Lane, 2015. 1st edition. Hardback.

Britain's empire has gone. Our manufacturing base is a shadow of its former self; the Royal Navy has been reduced to a skeleton. In military, diplomatic and economic terms, we no longer matter as we once did. And yet there is still one area in which we can legitimately claim superpower status: our popular culture.

It is extraordinary to think that one British writer, J. K. Rowling, has sold more than 400 million books; that Doctor Who is watched in almost every developed country in the world; that James Bond has been the central character in the longest-running film series in history; that The Lord of the Rings is the second best-selling novel ever written (behind only A Tale of Two Cities); that the Beatles are still the best-selling musical group of all time; and that only Shakespeare and the Bible have sold more books than Agatha Christie. To put it simply, no country on earth, relative to its size, has contributed more to the modern imagination.

This is a book about the success and the meaning of Britain's modern popular culture, from Bond and the Beatles to heavy metal and Coronation Street, from the Angry Young Men to Harry Potter, from Damien Hirst toThe X Factor.*

Tom Schindler (ed.), Concerning Hobbits and Other Matters: Tolkien Across the Disciplines

Papers delivered at the University of St. Thomas Tolkien conference, April 26th, 2001. Bound oversized paperback, containing nine papers: "Tolkien Through Russian Eyes", "The Shire and Notting Hill: Tolkien and Chesterton", "Tolkien’s "Mythopoeia" as a Theology of Conversion", "From Baggins to Beowulf and Back Again: Teaching (via) Tolkien", "Arachnophobia, Gender, and the Transformation of the Hero in the work of Rowling and Tolkien", "Evaluation of the Dichotomy of Tolkien’s View on War", "The Ancestry of Gollum", "The Sins of Middle-earth: Tolkien’s Use of Medieval Allegory", "Ringo and Samwise: Paradigms?" 1st edition.

Scholastic Literature Guide: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

New York, 2002

Study aid for students with a short biography, summaries, topics for discussion etc. 1st edition. Stapled wrappers.

Eduardo Segura and Guillermo Peris (ed.), Tolkien o la Fuerza del Mito

Madrid, 2003

Spanish translation of 14 pieces from Proceedings of the Tolkien Centenary Conference. 1st edition. Paperback.

W.A. Senior, Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

Kent State University Press, 1995

1st edition. Hardback. Study into the work of Donaldson and fantay in general, with a chapter on Tolkien.

Mahmout Shelton, Alchemy in Middle-earth

The Significance of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings

"Explains the esoteric significance and makes clear the profound symbolism in the Hermetic tradition." Temple of Justice, 2003. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued)

Tom Shippey, The Road to Middle-earth. A&U, 1982

George Allen & Unwin, 1982. 1st edition. Hardback. "A philological analysis of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion." Antiquarian: very good condition (spine dustjacket faded).*

Tom Shippey, The Road to Middle-earth. Grafton, 1992

1st edition thus. Paperback. Cover by Alan Lee.  "A philological analysis of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion." Antiquarian: very good condition.*

Tom Shippey, J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century (HoM)

HougthonMifflin, 2000. Hardback. "A philological analysis of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion."*"offers a new approach to Tolkien, to fantasy and to the importance of language in literature, and demonstrates how Tolkien's books form part of the live and continuing tradition of storytelling."*

Tom Shippey, J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century

HarperCollins, 2000. Second printing. Hardback. "A philological analysis of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion." Antiquarian: very good condiiton (spine dustjacked faded). *

Tom Shippey, J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century. Paperback

HarperCollins, 2001. Paperback."offers a new approach to Tolkien, to fantasy and to the importance of language in literature, and demonstrates how Tolkien's books form part of the live and continuing tradition of storytelling."*

(Shippey) Tolkien in the New Century

Essays in Honor of Tom Shippey

McFarland, 2014. 1st edition. Paperback.

Widely considered one of the leading experts on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Thomas Alan Shippey has informed and enlightened a generation of Tolkien scholars and fans. In this collection, friends and colleagues honor Shippey with 15 essays that reflect their mentor’s research interests, methods of literary criticism and attention to Tolkien’s shorter works. In a wide-ranging consideration of Tolkien’s oeuvre, the contributors explore the influence of 19th and 20th century book illustrations on Tolkien’s work; utopia and fantasy in Tolkien’s Middle-earth; the Silmarils, the Arkenstone, and the One Ring as thematic vehicles; the pattern of decline in Middle-earth as reflected in the diminishing power of language; Tolkien’s interest in medieval genres; the heroism of secondary characters; and numerous other topics. Also included are brief memoirs by Shippey’s colleagues and friends in academia and fandom and a bibliography of Shippey’s work.*

Greg Slingerland, A Teacher's Guide to The Hobbit

Ontario, 2013. 1st edition. Paperback. Cover by the brothers Hildebrandt. A Teacher's Guide to The Hobbit is designed for grades 7-12, but gravitates more towards the intermediate level/middle grade. If followed closely, A Teacher’s Guide to The Hobbit will take approximately 12 weeks to go through. The guide works well for class novel studies or for homeschooling. Included in this guide are pre-reading activities, chapter by chapter activities, assessments, and assignments that tie the whole book together.*
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Isabelle Smadja, Le seigneur des anneaux ou la tentation du mal

Presses universitaires de France, 2002. 1st edition. Paperback. Study on evil in Middle-earth in french. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

Mark Eddy Smith, Tolkien's Ordinary Virtues

Exploring the Spiritual Themes of The Lord of the Rings

InterVarsity, 2002. "The tale of Frodo and his friends offer hope that we will be given the strength and the help we need to overcome every obstacle and defeat every foe. This book will help you find the way." 1st edition. Paperback.*

Christopher Snyder, The Making of Middle-earth

A New Look Inside the World of JRR Tolkien

Sterling, 2013. 1st edition. Hardback. Illustrated.

J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings consistently tops polls as the best-loved literary work of all time. Now medieval scholar and Tolkien expert Christopher Snyder presents the most in-depth exploration yet of Tolkien's source materials for Middle-earth-from the languages, poetry and mythology of medieval Europe and ancient Greece to the halls of Oxford and the battlefields of World War I. Fuelled by the author's passion for all things Tolkien, this richly illustrated book also reveals the surprisingly pervasive influence of Tolkien's timeless fantasies on modern culture.*

Michael Stanton, Hobbits, Elves and Wizards

Exploring the wonders and worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings

New York, 2001. 1st edition. Hardback.*

Michael Stanton, Hobbits, Elves and Wizards (pb)

Exploring the wonders and worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings

New York, 2002. With a new chapter on the first Jackson movie. 1st edition thus. Paperback.*

Elizabeth Stephen, Hobbit to Hero

The making of Tolkien's king

ADC, 2012. 1st editon. Paperback. "a detailled study of Aragorn".*

Anna Thayer, On Eagles' Wings

An Exploration of Eucatastrophy in Tolkien's Fantasy

Luna Press, 2016. 1st edition. Paperback. Cover by Jay Johnstone. "It is a series of investigations into Tolkien's work that reveal how overaching the theory of eucatastrophy was in his writing and mindset."*

Allan Turner, Translating Tolkien

Philological Elements in The Lord of the Rings

A study in how various translators have tackled The Lord of the Rings.  Frankfurt am Main, 2005. 1st edition. Paperback.*

Mellie Uyldert, Symboliek van In de Ban van de Ring

Deventer, 1981. Paperback. Illustrated. Book on symbolism in The Lord of the Ring.  In Dutch. Antiquarian: very good condtion.*

Meredith Veldman, Fantasy, the Bomb and the Greening of Britain

Romantic Protest, 1945-1980

Cambridge University Press, 1994. `reveals the common idea and assumptions of the fantasy literature of Lewis and Tolkien, the protests against the Bomb and the Green movement'. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued).

Meredith Veldman, Fantasy, the Bomb, and the Greening of Britain (paperback)

Romantic Protest 1945-1980

Cambridge University Press, 1994. `reveals the common idea and assumptions of the fantasy literature of Lewis and Tolkien, the protests against the Bomb and the Green movement'. 1st edition. Paperback.*

Jim Ware, Finding God in The Hobbit

Saltriver, 2006. 1st edition. Hardback. "Beneath this unexpected adventure are the timeless truths of God's protection and sovereignity."*

John G. West (ed.), Celebrating Middle-earth

The Lord of the Rings as a Defense of Western Civilisation

Seattle, 2002. Six essays, based on papers delivered at the Tolkien conference, on Evil, the literary background, catholicism, morality and the meaning of live in The Lord of the Rings. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued)

John G. West (ed.), Celebrating Middle-earth (paperback)

The Lord of the Rings as a Defense of Western Civilisation

Seattle, 2002. Six essays based on the papers delivered at the Tolkien conference, on Evil, the literary background, catholicism, morality and the meaning of live in The Lord of the Rings. 1st edition. Paperback.

Liuwe Westra, Twa Tuorren yn Fryslân

In essay oer talen, oersettings en ferbylding

2016. 1st editon. Stapled wrappers. Booklet by the Frysian translator of The Lord of the Rings on his translation. In Frysian.

Elizabeth Whittingham, The Evolution of Tolkien's Mythology

A Study of the History of Middle-earth

London, 2008. 1st edition. Paperback.

This work provides a thorough study of Tolkien's life and influences through an analysis of The History of Middle-earth. The work begins with a brief biography and an analysis of the major influences in Tolkien's early life. Following chapters deal with elements common to Tolkien's popular works, including the cosmogony, theogony, cosmology, metaphysics, and eschatology of Middle-earth.*

Donald T. Williams, Mere Humanity

G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien on the Human Condition

B&H, 2006. 1st edition. Paperback. "digs into the treasured writings of these three authors in search of answers to the two most important questions regarding the human condition: "what is man?" and "What is the purpose of this life on earth?"*

Colin Wilson, Tree by Tolkien (signed)

Capra Press, 1973. 1st edition. Hardback. Limited to 100 numbered and signed copies. This is number 14. Cover and drawings by Caitlin Mackintosh. "attempts to assess Tolkien as a writer and a thinker". Antiquarian: very good condition.*