The Keys of Middle-earth

Discovering Medieval Literature Through the Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien

Authors: Lee, Stuart, Solopova, Elizabeth

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A comprehensive introduction to the medieval languages and texts that inspired Tolkien's Middle-earth. Using key episodes in The Silmarillion , The Hobbit , and The Lord of the Rings , medieval texts are presented in their original language with translations. Essential for those who wish to delve deeper into the background to Tolkien's mythology.

About the authors

Dr Stuart Lee is a member of the English Faculty at Oxford University, UK, where he teaches Old English, the poetry of World War one, and the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien. He is also a member of Merton College. He has published articles on Tolkien and edited A Companion to J. R. R. Tolkien (2014).

Dr Elizabeth Solopova is Research Fellow at the English Faculty, Oxford University, UK, where she teaches Old and Middle English literature. She has published articles and books on Tolkien, medieval literature, manuscripts and the history of the English language.

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Praise for the previous edition:

"[The Keys of Middle-earth] provides a wide range of texts with insightful introductions and commentary on each of the texts that have been chosen for elucidation." Professor Shaun F.D. Hughes, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English, Purdue University, USA

"The Keys of Middle-earth is a much-needed book... The texts, in Old English, Old Norse, and Middle English, are faithfully presented... textual notes are remarkably thorough." John R. Holmes, Notes and Queries Summary

"Either as a student's text or as an instructor's resource, The Keys of Middle-earth provides an excellent introduction to a number of important medieval texts complete with a judicious, but not overwhelming, awareness of recent scholarship within a compelling context of a modern literary phenomenon - the imaginative world of J. R. R. Tolkien." Miranda Wilcox, The Medieval Review

"'As an anthology of medieval texts it is first rate. The texts, in Old English, Old Norse, and Middle English, are faithfully presented and despite the authors' modest disclaimer that their book cannot accommodate a "full discussion of textual issues" (55), textual notes are remarkably thorough. With equal modesty they call their textual notes "highly selective," but their selection is impeccable. Commentary is just as painstaking: major critical controversies are fully represented. And as an encouragement to further study in three medieval languages, which the authors identify as its main purpose (19), the book is eminently successful." John R Holmes, Tolkien Studies


Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)
  • How to Use This Book

    Pages 1-1

    Lee, Stuart (et al.)

  • Introduction

    Pages 2-67

    Lee, Stuart (et al.)

  • The Editions

    Pages 68-70

    Lee, Stuart (et al.)

  • The Texts

    Pages 71-355

    Lee, Stuart (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Keys of Middle-earth
Book Subtitle
Discovering Medieval Literature Through the Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-45470-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137454706
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-45468-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-45469-0
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XV, 380
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