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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, 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. First 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.*

Giorgio Spina (ed.), Letterature 9

Facolta' di magistero dell 'universita' di Genova

Genua, 1986. 1st edition. Paperback. Collection of essays in Italian (one in French). Contains: "Aucassin et Nicolette" by Marina Marchiori, "Abelardo ed Elosia nella poesia di Pierre-Francois Godard de Beauchamps" by Renata Carocci, "La tematica licantropica in Prosper Mérimée" by Alda Biasotto, "Ancora una fonte francese per Gargía Gutiérrez" by Claudia Cecchini, "Influssi danteschi sull 'opera di George MacDonald" by Giorgio Spina, "Gli ambienti e le circostanze del viaggio soutteraneo in The Princess and the Goblin" by Carla Giannone, "Le imaagini del sogno - Aspetti della lirica di Jens Peter Jacobsen" by Gianna Chicsa Isnardi and "Les jeux de la memoire dans Enfance de Nathalie Sarraute" by Teresa Di Scanno. Antiquarian: very good condition (some spots on cover).*

Giorgio Spina (ed.), Letterature 10

Facolta' di magistero dell 'universita' di Genova

Genua, 1987. 1st edition. Paperback. Collection of essays in Italian (one in English). Contains:  "Le Deserteur dalla traduzione di P. de Olavide alla rielaborazione di J. Lopez de Sedano" by Antoniette Calderone, "Il tema delgi occhi e dello sguardo nelle novelle di Prosper Mérimée" by Alda Biasotto, "Una Emma Bovary a Laon" by Pier Luigi Pinelli, "Émile Verhaeren, poeta visionario" by Antonio Mor, "La topologia del fantastico in The Coming Race" by Angelica Palumbo, "L'avventura dell'uomo, ovvero due racconti di Schwob e di Giono" by Francesca Telecco Perduca, "C.S. Lewis in Germany" by Gisbert Kranz and "Tolkien mitografo manicheo" by Vittorio Gabrieli. Antiquarian: very good condition (some dents in two corners).*

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.*

Colin Wilson, Tree by Tolkien

Capra Press, 1974. 2nd editon. Paperback. Cover and drawings by Caitlin Mackintosh. Antiquarian: very good condition.*

Rolf Witzsche, The Lord of the Rings' Metaphors

Vancouver, 2003. 1st edition. Oversized paperback. The author J.R.R. Tolkien of the mythical tale, The Lord of the Rings, did not only explore history, but experienced it in World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. From this background he was able to put into his tales, wrapped in metaphor, a number of critical choices of the kind on which the survival of civilization depends that we still seem to ignore in our world. He wrote a tale in which the present was determined by the imperatives of the future. But also wrote a script for shaping that future and the future obeyed! Tolkien was also an accomplished linguist. Many names in the tale represent profound principles, as well as tragic follies and fascist processes that 'empty' a society of its humanity. The research book presented here explores the dimension that stands behind the numerous metaphors in the tale.*

Ralph C. Wood, The Gospel According to Tolkien

Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earth

John Knox Press, 2003. "The perfect guide to the complex but fertile Christian imagination of Tolkien." 1st edition. Paperback.*

Rose A. Zimbardo and Neil D. Isaacs, Understanding The Lord of the Rings

The Best of Tolkien Criticism.

HoughtonMifflin, 2004. 1st edition. Paperback. 15 articles, mainly reprints.*

Rose A. Zimbardo and Neil D. Isaacs, Understanding The Lord of the Rings - hardback

The Best of Tolkien Criticism.

HoughtonMifflin, 2004. 1st edition. Hardback. 15 articles, mainly reprints.*

The Invented Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Drawings and Original Manuscripts from the Marquette University Collection

Catalogue of the exhibition held from October 2004 to January 2005, containing three articles on Tolkien, a biography, a bibliography and an illustrated description of the items in the exhibition. Profusely illustrated with pages from the Tolkien manuscripts in colour, most of them published here for the first time. 1st edition. Printed wrappers.

Johan Vanhecke, In de Ban van de Hobbit

Leven en werk van Tolkien

Amsterdam, 2005. 1st edition. Paperback. Illustrated. Study in Dutch on Tolkien's life and work.*