Understanding The Lord of the Rings: The Best of Tolkien Criticism

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  • Title: Understanding The Lord of the Rings: The Best of Tolkien Criticism
  • Author: Neil D. Isaacs
  • ISBN: 9780618422517
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. The editors of this book truly found the best, most insightful essays on Tolkien's work. Why read someone else's insights on a mind like Tolkien's unless they too were of the same mettle - and by this I mean that they possess an affinity, intellectual, imaginative, moral and spiritual to the work they seek to illuminate. And they do, the wonderful minds who ponder with heart and scholarship over Tolkien's work are like taking a walk in a Middle Earth forest with an expert bird watcher, who hears [...]

    2. For a book I was reading for class, this was surprisingly fun. Not just readable, but actively enjoyable. Okay, granted, I have a deep interest in Tolkien and what he was up to in the first place, and might've read this outside of class, but still.It's a good collection of essays, covering quite a bit of ground -- even touching on the film adaptation. It's not full of literary terms or anything: it's an easy read. Worth picking up if you want to dissect Tolkien's work a bit.

    3. A wonderful collection of essays from major names in the field, including C.S. Lewis, W.H. Auden, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Verlyn Flieger, and Tom Shippey. This collection, more than anything else I've read for this project, has convinced me that I need to re-read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings again once I'm done.

    4. nwhytevejournal/2289084ml[return][return]A very interesting collection of essays about Tolkien, of which the two standout pieces are "Men, Halflings, and Hero Worship" by Marion Zimmer Bradley, about love and heroism and how they apply to LotR, and "The Road Back to Middle-earth" by Tom Shippey, unlike the others specially commissioned for this volume, describing in detail the differences between the three Peter Jackson films and the books, and analysing why those choices were made. The pieces b [...]

    5. I deeply enjoyed this. It was like sitting down with a group of very smart professors and students to pick apart the book I most love to analyze. This is the third in a series of LoTR lit crit edited by Isaacs and Zimbardo. The introduction calls it a "greatest hits" of sorts, and the essays certainly felt like the cream of the crop. Nice variety of perspectives, approaches, and styles. I only wish it were easier to get my hands on books like this - they're hard to find when you're not working o [...]

    6. C.S. Lewis' and Marion Zimmer Bradley's essays were particularly insightful. Some of the later essays felt like they were dragging on a bit, or felt like the authors had failed to read the text as closely as they might.

    7. There are some real gems in this volume! Jane Chance on Tolkien's Epic is superb, and so is Tom Shippey's essay on Jackson's movies. The editing is a bit eccentric in places.

    8. When you love something, it is a self-indulgent treat to listen to other people talk about how much they love it too. When that love takes the form of scholarly essays, the self-indulgence is tempered by duty; I didn't enjoy ALL the essays in this book, some of them I had to plow through, but that's a lack of learning on my part.Regardless. When people much smarter than oneself apply their scholarship to WHY something is great, good, entertaining, and far more intelligently crafted than obvious [...]

    9. Amazingly enough, my library system had a copy of this book. I know. Shocked me. Back in college, I had a literature professor that personified the argument that fantasy and science fiction are somehow a lesser kind of writing. I was glad to see that not all agree with her view and some had gone so far as to write literary criticism. While all of these essays had merit, my favorites are by C.S. Lewis (The Dethronement of Power), Rose A. Zimbardo (Moral Vision in the Lord of the Rings), and Mario [...]

    10. As a lover of all things Hobbit, I didn't hesitate when I saw this title in the library. Sadly it did not live up to my expectations. It is a collection of essays by various intellectuals who look at the Lord of the Rings through their focussed lenses of literary criticism. Even though I consider myself well-educated and well-read, I felt that the discussions were taking place over my head. I easily lost interest and found some of the observations to be patronizing, making me feel that I was unw [...]

    11. Having been ~ ~ years since reading "The Lord of the Rings," I was unsure how much I would recall. Amazingly, quite a bit. The fifteen essays comprised of such notables as W. H. Auden and Marion Zimmer Bradley made it easy. Three main concepts presented were The Quest, the epic, and the hero. Auden itemized the six essential elements of a Quest, Bradley discusses the hero, and Jane Chance covers the epic. Personally, my favorite character was Sam due to the important roles he played. Bradley mus [...]

    12. I really enjoyed this complication – Zimbardo and Isaacs did a nice job selecting one of the most insightful essays on Tolkien’s fiction, from the very moment it was published. I loved C.S. Lewis’ short, but very throughout analysis of the structural pattern – he really did lay the foundations there. It’s hard to miss Auden’s famous essay on the nature of good and evil, and the role of the quest. Thanks to people like that, Tolkien’s fiction was treated better. The foundations of d [...]

    13. This was a collection of essays about The Lord of The Rings. My favorite, written by Marion Zimmer Bradley, was about the various forms of love. Another interesting one compared the Peter Jackson movie adaptation to the written original.

    14. A little bit of a mixed bag, but the Flieger, Kocher, and Shippey essays were particularly interesting. (Although the Shippey essay does cover similar ground to a talk that is available online: swarthmore/news-events.)

    15. Invaluable insight for Tolkien scholars, this collection of essays covers a wide variety of Tolkien-related topics. I really enjoyed this piece of reference material. Anything else I can get my hands on to talk about Tolkien and I'm a happy camper!

    16. Interesting how some people can read so much into a great story. Some of it I can accept, but much seems like over reaching concepts.

    17. Great variety of critiques of Tolkien's trilogy including an essay about Peter Jackson's film trilogy and its failings and successes.

    18. A somewhat definitive collection of Tolkien scholarship at the time the book was compiled. Interesting to hear Christian angles to literary criticism because I don't read that otherwise.

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