Critical Companion to J. R. R. Tolkien
A Literary Reference to His Life and WorkBook - 2011
J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most popular writers of the 20th century. His two most famous works of fiction, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit , have sold hundreds of millions of copies and completely transformed modern fantasy fiction. In addition, Tolkien was a celebrated scholar, a professor at Oxford, and the author of the most influential article on the great Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf ever written.
The new Critical Companion to J.R.R. Tolkien provides a reliable, up-to-date, and encyclopedic source of information on this influential writer for high school and college-level students, teachers, and the general public.
Coverage includes:A concise but thorough biography of Tolkien Entries on all the novels, stories, and poems Tolkien published in his lifetime; all his published scholarly essays and lectures; and important posthumously published works, such as The Silmarillion, Roverandom, and The Children of Húrin , as well as the 12 volumes of The History of Middle-earth , published by his son between 1983 and 1996 Entries on related people, places, and topics, including places and concepts related to Tolkien's fictional world Middle-Earth, such as Balrog, Gondor, and Wood-Elves; influential literary works, such as Beowulf ; friends and family, such as C.S. Lewis and Christopher Tolkien; and much more Appendixes, including a chronology, a list of Internet sources, a bibliography of Tolkien's works, and a secondary source bibliography.