Wednesday, September 16, 2009

10 Books A Day: #146

Meditations On Middle-Earth...ed. Karen Haber...St. Martin's Press

J. R. R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth...Bradley J. Birzer...ISI Books

Walking With Frodo...Sarah Arthur...Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Following Gandalf...Matthew Dickerson...Brazos Press

Finding God In The Lord Of The Rings...Kurt Bruner & Jim Ware...Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

The Philosophy Of Middle-Earth...Peter J. Kreeft...Ignatius

Defending Middle-Earth...Patrick Curry...Floris Books

The Tolkien Fan's Medieval Reader..."Turgon"...Cold Spring Press

The Lord Of The Rings: The Films, The Books, The Radio Series...Jim Smith & J. Clive Matthews...Virgin Film

Tolkien's The Lord Of The Rings And The Hobbit...Gene B. Hardy...Cliffs Notes

Meditations on Middle-Earth (a collection of thoughts on Tolkien by various authors) is the first title in today's list, but it could well cover the next five books handily, which are in essence religious looks at the "legendarium." Defending Middle-Earth is a look from a "pagan" and ecological point of view, and, I think, supports the critical truism that often you come away from a work with the ideas you brought to it in the first place. The Medieval Reader is not about Tolkien, per se, but about sources (from translations either known to have been read by Tolkien or contemporary with him) of Old and Middle English, Norse, Celtic, and Finnish literature that had influences on him and his work. The Smith and Matthews book is a look at the history of the rights, production, and adaptations of Tolkien's work into other media.

Book Count: 1730.

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