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World of Tolkien : Mythological Sources of The Lord of the Rings (Reprint) (Hardcover) (David Day)
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The World of Tolkien draws out the anthologies within The Lord of the Rings that render this epic a timeless mythology for the modern age. This book reveals the vast array of mythological, historical, literary, linguistic, and creative sources that the writer drew upon to create his absorbing, ever popular world.
This is a comprehensive guide, perfect for Middle-earth novices and super fans, to uncovering the "real world" inspiration behind the gods and Demi gods, races of men, elves and dwarves, wizards and hobbits, creatures and monsters, cities, geography, battles, and major events in the history of Middle-earth. Tolkein was inspired by a huge body of national mythologies in creating his world. Numerous fairy tales and legends are echoed in the narrative, while many locations are based on real cities and places.
For example, did you know that:
"Bag End" was the name used locally for Tolkien's Aunt Jane's Worcestershire far.
Orcs share many of their characteristics with the repulsive mythical Chinese creatures known as "kouei"
The wizard Gandalf was partly inspired by the Norse god Odin.
Stunningly illustrated with 100 color and black and white illustrations, this is essential reading for Tolkien enthusiasts of all generations.