Jared Lobdell (ed), A Tolkien Compass (2003)

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Second Edition

Open Court, 2003. 1st edition thus. Paperback. Ten articles on Tolkien, with a new foreword by Tom Shippey and a new postscript by Jared Lobdell.

Can hobbits be psychoanalyzed? Does Tolkien’s Christianity shine through his imitations of pagan legends? Do his books offer a useful guide to everyday life? These and many more questions are addressed in the eleven chapters of this book. Contributors analyze Gollum’s character transformation, the psychological journey of Bilbo, the regime set up by Saruman at the end of The Lord of the Rings and its parallels to fascism, the books’ narrative technique, and Tolkien’s rich use of myth and symbol. This is an insightful book that will appeal to both old and new Tolkien fans.*