One of Tolkien's most cherished and heralded works, The Lord of the Rings is the story of the struggle between good and evil in Middle Earth. Its universal themes and epic sweep make it a work still popular with readers of all ages. Ideal for research, this volume includes a comprehensive collection of interpretive essays that provide expert commentary on this timeless work. It also features an introduction by master scholar Harold Bloom, a chronology detailing Tolkien's life, a bibliography, and an index.
Reading level: Grades 9 and up/College
CONTENTS Editor’s Note Introduction (Harold Bloom) Epic Pooh (Michael Moorcock) “Queer” Hobbits: The Problem of Difference in the Shire (Jane Chance) Mind, Spirit, and Dream in The Lord of the Rings (Michael N. Stanton) Frodo’s Batman (Mark T. Hooker) In the Far Northwest of the Old World (Jared Lobdell) Spiders and Evil Red Eyes: The Shadow Sides of Gandalf and Galadriel (Marjorie Burns) Archaism, Nostalgia, and Tennysonian War in The Lord of the Rings (Andrew Lynch) Gothic Echoes (Sue Zlosnik) Tolkien and the Idea of the Book (Verlyn Flieger) The Story Was Already Written: Narrative Theory in The Lord of the Rings (Mary R. Bowman) Tolkien’s Females and the Defining of Power (Nancy Enright) Chronology Contributors Bibliography Acknowledgments Index