10705Re: [mythsoc] Mythopoeic Awards
- Dec 16, 2003At 03:48 PM 12/13/2003 +0000, Joe R. Christopher wrote:
>I haven't seen any calls about the Mythopoeic Awards yet (and I think I'veThat is true. Here's what I wrote about the book in my roundup of books on
>opened all these e-mailings), but I thought I'd report the Brian Bates'
>_The Real Middle Earth: Exploring the Magic and Mystery of the Middle Ages,
>J. R. R. Tolkien, and "The Lord of the Rings"_ (New York: Palgrave
>Macmillan, 2003) is _not_ a contender for the Scholarship Award. He's
>interested in the imaginative aspects of pagan Europe (both Germanic and
>Celtic--though mainly Germanic); usually just one or two paragraphs appear
>per chapter on how Tolkien used whatever aspect is being discussed at the
>time. In other words, very light on Tolkien; the main interest is
>elsewhere. I suspect Tolkien was brought in to sell the book.
Tolkien for (I hope) the December Mythprint:
"Lastly, _The Real Middle-earth_ by Brian Bates isn�t about Tolkien at all.
It�s an attempt by an English redbrick university psychology professor to
use Tolkien�s popularity as an awkward kicking-off point for a rather
woo-woo account of the civilization and worldview of late first-millennium
Celtic and Germanic Europe. His constant reference to these peoples as
'the real Middle-earth' grates, and correlations with Tolkien�s creation
are only cursory."
Of the 2003 books about Tolkien that I've read, the ones I'm inclined to
nominate for the award are _Tolkien in the Land of Heroes_ by Anne C.
Petty, _Tolkien the Medievalist_ ed. by Jane Chance (selectively: some's
excellent, some's mediocre), _Tolkien and the Great War_ by John Garth, and
_Following Gandalf_ by Matthew Dickerson. The absolute _worst_ new book on
Tolkien this year is _Untangling Tolkien_ by Michael W. Perry.
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