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The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays

2 Ratings: 4.5
A book by J. R. R. Tolkien.

The seven 'essays' by J.R.R. Tolkien assembled in this new paperback edition were with one exception delivered as general lectures on particular occasions; and while they mostly arose out of Tolkien's work in medieval literature, they are … see full wiki

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
3 reviews about The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays
review by . December 13, 2010
   Most of this book is spent discussing literature-- Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, fairy tales, etc. These are not hard-core philology lectures but rather discussions about the works and why they are important to the human condition.      Tolkein's love for these works and topics cannot be understated. He laments that too much emphasis is placed on dissecting rather than appreciating Beowulf, and his discussion of Sir Gawain is again full of love and …
review by . July 31, 2010
Finding out at the age of ten from the back covers of "The Lord of the Rings" that there were medievalists and that Tolkien was one, I vowed to study what he did. While unlike "Tollers" my doctorate did not lead me to a donnish tenure on an ivy-draped quad, I always admired the humanity and grace not only of his famed fiction but his patient letters and insistent essays. Re-reading his collected criticism twenty-five years after it first appeared, its engrossing paths through …
Quick Tip by . July 31, 2010
Even readers of "The Hobbit" & "Lord of the Rings" may be unfamiliar with Tolkien's scholarship. Collected here are medieval & philological studies that reveal the craft behind the imaginary worlds he created. A bit challenging for those not so learned as he was (and that's all of us!), but it may reward the patient student.
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