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Meditations on Middle Earth: New Writing on the Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien - Douglas A. Anderson, John Howe, Orson Scott Card, Ursula K. Le Guin, Terry Pratchett, Diane Duane, George R.R. Martin, Michael Swanwick, Charles de Lint, Raymond E. Feist, Esther M. Friesner, Harry Turtledove, Karen Haber, Poul Anderson, Lisa Goldstein, Terri Windling, G
Meditations on Middle Earth: New Writing on the Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien
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When J.R.R. Tolkien created the extraordinary world of Middle-earth and populated it with fantastic, archetypal denizens, reinventing the heroic quest, the world hardly noticed. Sales of The Lord of the Rings languished for the better part of two decades, until the Ballantine editions were... show more
When J.R.R. Tolkien created the extraordinary world of Middle-earth and populated it with fantastic, archetypal denizens, reinventing the heroic quest, the world hardly noticed. Sales of The Lord of the Rings languished for the better part of two decades, until the Ballantine editions were published here in America. By late 1950s, however, the books were selling well and beginning to change the face of fantasy. . . . forever.

A generation of students and aspiring writers had their hearts and imaginations captured by the rich tapestry of the Middle-earth mythos, the larger-than-life heroic characters, the extraordinary and exquisite nature of Tolkien's prose, and the unending quest to balance evil with good. These young readers grew up to become the successful writers of modern fantasy. They created their own worlds and universes, in some cases their own languages, and their own epic heroic quests. And all of them owe a debt of gratitude to the works and the author who first set them on the path.

In Meditations on Middle-earth, sixteen bestselling fantasy authors share details of their personal relationships with Tolkien's mythos, for it inspired them all. Had there been no Lord of the Rings, there would also have been no Earthsea books by Ursula K. Le Guin; no Song of Ice and Fire saga from George R. R. Martin; no Tales of Discworld from Terry Pratchett; no Legends of Alvin Maker from Orson Scott Card. Each of them was influenced by the master mythmaker, and now each reveals the nature of that influence and their personal relationships with the greatest fantasy novels ever written in the English language.

If you've never read the Tolkien books, read these essays and discover the depthy and beauty of his work. If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings, the candid comments of these modern mythmakers will give you new insight into the subtlety, power, and majesty of Tolkien's tales and how he told them.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780312302900 (0312302908)
Publisher: Griffin
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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Tower of Iron Will
Tower of Iron Will rated it
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A few of these essays are brilliant, but there is a depressing recurring element to a lot of them. Repeatedly the authors reveal themselves to have been teenage loners and social outcasts who discovered Middle Earth at a critical stage and it became the perfect escape. If you are like me and brist...
Ceridwen
Ceridwen rated it
I've been cheating on my real book with a regularity that hints at callousness, and this is one of my mistresses. (What is the term for a male mistress, anyway? Gigolo? Boy toy? Beard?) It was a fun read, if you're into this sort of thing, as I most avowedly am. The contributors are a veritable who'...
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