Book , Print in English

There and back again : J R R Tolkien and the origins of the Hobbit

Mark Atherton.
  • London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2012.
  • xiii, 306 pages : illustrations; 24 cm.
Subjects
Summary
  • Mark Atherton here explores the chief influences on Tolkien's work: his boyhood in the West Midlands; the landscapes and seascapes which shaped his mythologies; his experiences in World War I; his interest in Scandinavian myth; his friendships, especially with the other Oxford-based Inklings; and the relevance of his themes, especially ecological themes, to the present-day. "There and Back Again" offers a unique guide to the varied inspirations behind Tolkien's life and work, and sheds new light on how a legend is born.
Contents
  • pt. One Shaping the plot
  • 1. `We must away ere break of day'
  • 2. Fairy-stories and animal fables
  • 3. `A green great dragon'
  • 4. `The Heart of the Mountain'
  • 5. Return to Bag End
  • pt. Two Making the mythology
  • 6. English country house and its myths
  • 7. William Guest
  • 8. `The lonely sea and the sky'
  • 9. `Far over the Misty Mountains cold'
  • 10. Goblin wars
  • 11. Literary myth and the Great War
  • 12. Visions of peace
  • pt. Three Finding the words
  • 13. Early lessons in philology
  • 14. Tolkien as word-collector
  • 15. Rhymes and riddles
  • 16. Dialect matters.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographies and index.
ISBN
  • 9781780762463 (hbk)
  • 1780762461 (hbk)
Identifying numbers
  • OCLC: 810109735
  • OCLC: 810109735