Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth

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Product Details

Price
$65.00  $59.80
Publisher
Bodleian Library
Publish Date
Pages
416
Dimensions
9.4 X 10.5 X 1.5 inches | 4.2 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781851244850

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About the Author

Catherine McIlwaine is the Tolkien Archivist at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.

Reviews

"Incredible . . . . A hefty book packed full of gorgeous, fascinating images." --io9
"Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth aims to demonstrate this link between the evolution of the world of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and the biography of their author. . . . The scope of his world was truly vast, and his desire to populate it impressive in itself. More to the point, the paintings are beautiful."
--Times Literary Supplement
"Reveals [Tolkien's] painstaking creative process. . . . Reflect[s] a literary mind almost obsessed with perfecting each and every [detail]."
--New York Times Book Review
"Splendid . . . . Impressive." --Toronto Star
"Extensive . . . . Fascinating."
--Wall Street Journal
"One awesome and lore-packed book. . . . sure to enrich any fan's appreciation for Tolkien the mortal Man, who despite having left this world has at least left behind another of his own creations. A vast, believable, alien-yet-familiar, and somehow still scarcely inhabited world: Middle-earth, which seems to be half the Earth we know and half an Earth we don't. One that's steeped in Faerie."--Tor.com
"Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth is a pure delight, one that I'll return to many times in the years to come. . . . I have many more books about Tolkien than I do ones he has written, and this is the best of those about him so far."--Fantasy & Science Fiction
"The most thorough treatment of his life and work in decades. . . . Will enlighten even longtime Tolkien fans about the intensely visual and artistic aspect of his creativity." --The National Review
"For anyone who grew up in the Tolkien universe, seeing the original artwork--the death of Smaug, for instance, the dragon's head thrown back, his scales pierced by a black arrow, over the burning remains of the lake town of Esgaroth--will be like meeting an old friend."--Country Life
"Incredibly and unexpectedly moving. . . . Colorful and joyful, too."--Fine Books & Collections Magazine
"All in all, a treasure-house of images, a perfect gift for yourself or a Tolkien-lover on your list."--Mythlore
"Catherine McIlwaine's large, lavishly illustrated catalog of her recent exhibition of the Bodleian Library's J.R.R. Tolkien holdings is well organized, well written. . . and introduced by six short essays by experts on different aspects of the author's life and work. It opens a window onto Tolkien's imagination and the way it worked, with particular emphasis on the visual element. For any Tolkien scholar, McIlwaine's book will become indispensable."--Children's Literature Association Quarterly