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  • John D Rateliff
    Has anyone seen the new book THE EVOLUTION OF TOLKIEN S MYTHOLOGY: A STUDY OF THE HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH by Elizabeth A. Whittingham? Apparently it came out
    Message 1 of 5 , Nov 12, 2007
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      Has anyone seen the new book THE EVOLUTION OF TOLKIEN'S MYTHOLOGY: A
      STUDY OF THE HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH by Elizabeth A. Whittingham?
      Apparently it came out in September, but I only stumbled across a
      reference to it at Blackwell's Books online the other day. A quick
      check of amazon.com produces the following description:


      <begin quote>
      Product Description
      The History of Middle-earth traces the evolution of J.R.R. Tolkien's
      literary world, stories, and characters from their earliest written
      forms to the final revisions Tolkien penned shortly before his death
      in 1973. Published posthumously by Tolkien's son Christopher, the
      extensively detailed 12-volume work allows readers to follow the
      development of the texts that eventually became Tolkien's immensely
      popular The Hobbit, The Lord of The Rings, The Silmarillion, and
      Unfinished Tales.
      This work provides a thorough study of Tolkien's life and influences
      through an analysis of The History of Middle-earth. The work begins
      with a brief biography and an analysis of the major influences in
      Tolkien's life. Following chapters deal with elements common to
      Tolkien's popular works, including the cosmogony, theogony,
      cosmology, metaphysics, and eschatology of Middle-earth. The study
      also reviews some of the myths with which Tolkien was most familiar--
      Greek, Roman, Finnish, and Norse--and reveals the often overlapping
      relationship between mythology, biblical stories, and Tolkien's
      popular works.
      <end quote>

      Sounds interesting, but has anyone seen it to be able to give a
      quick evaluation on how good a job Whittingham does with this
      ambitious project? The publisher, by the way, is McFarland and the
      price $35 (a bit steep for a trade paperback, though at 232 pages at
      least it's a substantial effort).


      Also not seen is Matthew Young's PROJECTING TOLKIEN'S MUSICAL
      WORLDS: A STUDY OF MUSICAL AFFECT IN HOWARD SHORE'S SOUNDTRACK TO
      LORD OF THE RINGS, which while only 92 pages long comes in at a
      whopping $54. It's apparently been out since August, but I've heard
      nothing about. Obviously both pricey and a specialist work, but
      anyone see it and able to give a quick summary?

      --John R.

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    • Merlin DeTardo
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      Message 2 of 5 , Nov 12, 2007
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        >---John D Rateliff <sacnoth@...> wrote:
        << Has anyone seen the new book THE EVOLUTION OF TOLKIEN'S MYTHOLOGY:
        A STUDY OF THE HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH by Elizabeth A. Whittingham? >>

        I have not, but I'll note that Whittingham was the author of two
        entries in the _J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia_, on "Dramatizations:
        Stage and Spoken" and "Trench Fever".

        Doesn't the blurb err slightly in saying that _The History of Middle-
        earth_ "allows readers to follow the development of the texts that
        eventually became Tolkien's immensely popular The Hobbit..."?


        << Also not seen is Matthew Young's PROJECTING TOLKIEN'S MUSICAL
        WORLDS: A STUDY OF MUSICAL AFFECT IN HOWARD SHORE'S SOUNDTRACK TO
        LORD OF THE RINGS... anyone see it and able to give a quick summary?>>

        Again, not me, but there is an entire fan site devoted to discussion
        of Howard Shore's soundtracks:

        http://www.geocities.com/magpie930/

        At a glance, I don't see the work mentioned there, but as I'm not a
        fan of the films, I haven't read much at that site.

        -Merlin DeTardo
      • Merlin DeTardo
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        Message 3 of 5 , Nov 12, 2007
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          >---John D Rateliff <sacnoth@...> wrote:
          << Has anyone seen the new book THE EVOLUTION OF TOLKIEN'S MYTHOLOGY:
          A STUDY OF THE HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH by Elizabeth A. Whittingham? >>

          I have not, but I'll note that Whittingham was the author of two
          entries in the _J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia_, on "Dramatizations:
          Stage and Spoken" and "Trench Fever".

          Doesn't the blurb err slightly in saying that _The History of Middle-
          earth_ "allows readers to follow the development of the texts that
          eventually became Tolkien's immensely popular The Hobbit..."?


          << Also not seen is Matthew Young's PROJECTING TOLKIEN'S MUSICAL
          WORLDS: A STUDY OF MUSICAL AFFECT IN HOWARD SHORE'S SOUNDTRACK TO
          LORD OF THE RINGS... anyone see it and able to give a quick summary?>>

          Again, not me, but there is an entire fan site devoted to discussion
          of Howard Shore's soundtracks:

          http://www.geocities.com/magpie930/

          At a glance, I don't see the work mentioned there, but as I'm not a
          fan of the films, I haven't read much at that site.

          -Merlin DeTardo
        • Jason Fisher
          John, ... I haven t seen it, but a quick glance at her webpage at SUNY Brockport shows up some interesting work on Tolkien:
          Message 4 of 5 , Nov 12, 2007
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            John,

            > Has anyone seen the new book THE EVOLUTION OF TOLKIEN'S MYTHOLOGY:
            > A STUDY OF THE HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH by Elizabeth A. Whittingham?

            I haven't seen it, but a quick glance at her webpage at SUNY Brockport shows up some interesting work on Tolkien:

            http://www.brockport.edu/english/faculty/ewhittingham.htm

            She also wrote two entries for the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia (ed. Drout, 2007): "Dramatizations: Stage and Spoken" and "Trench Fever", which I have read. Both were good if not exceptional. Strangely, she doesn't mention these in her online vita.

            Jason
          • John Rateliff
            Has anyone else come across the new book of Tolkien-inspired art, Donato Giancola s MIDDLE-EARTH: VISIONS OF A MODERN MYTH [2010]? Also, has anyone heard
            Message 5 of 5 , Oct 28, 2010
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              Has anyone else come across the new book of Tolkien-inspired art, Donato Giancola's MIDDLE-EARTH: VISIONS OF A MODERN MYTH [2010]?

              Also, has anyone heard anything about the new biography of Tolkien by Mark Horne due to be released in December as part of a "Christian Encounters" biography series?

              --John R.
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