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A detailed work of reference and scholarship, this one volume Encyclopedia includes discussions of all the fundamental issues in Tolkien scholarship written by the leading scholars in the field.
Coverage not only presents the most recent scholarship on J. R. R. Tolkien, but also introduces and explores the author and scholar's life and work within their historical and cultural contexts. Tolkien's fiction and his sources of influence are examined along with his artistic and academic achievements including his translations of medieval texts teaching posts, linguistic works, and the languages he created. The 550 alphabetically arranged entries fall within the following categories of topics:
Art and illustrations
Characters in Tolkien's work
Critical history and scholarship
Influence of Tolkien
Creatures and peoples of Middle earth
Objects in Tolkien's work
Places in Tolkien's work
Reception of Tolkien
Scholarship by Tolkien
Themes in Tolkien's works
Theological/ philosophical concepts and philosophers
Tolkien's contemporary history and culture
Works of literature
The work is edited by Michael D.C. Drout, from Wheaton College, with the participation of Tom Shippey, Verlyn Flieger, Marjorie Burns, and Douglas Anderson.
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