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Download ☆ Tolkien A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings By Lin Carter – [PDF] ✅ Tolkien A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings Author Lin Carter – Tolkien A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings is a study of the works of JRR Tolkien written by Lin Carter It was 1st published in paper by Ballantine in 369 went thru numerous additional printings It w Tolkien A Look Behind The Look Behind eBook ✓ Lord of the Rings is a study of the works of JRR Tolkien written by Lin Carter It was st published in paper by Ballantine in went thru numerous additional printings It was among the earliest full length critical works devoted to Tolkien's fantasies the st to set his writings in their proper context in the history of fantasy It was the earliest of three studies by Carter devoted to fantasyhorror writers the history of fantasy being followed by Tolkien A PDF/EPUB or Lovecraft A Look Behind the Cthulhu Mythos ' Imaginary Worlds The Art of Fantasy ' establishing him as an authority on the genre indirectly leading to his editorial guidance of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series Gollancz published a cloth edition updated by Adam Roberts in The study serves as an introduction for those unfamiliar with Tolkien's work An introduction briefly reviews the publishing phenomenon of The Lord of the Rings its popularity in the wake of the st paper editions in the 's after which A Look Behind ePUB ☆ he devotes three chapters to a short biography of the author thru the late 's including an account of how it was written Four chapters explaining Middle earth summarizing A Look Behind The Lord PDF or the stories of The Hobbit the three volumes of The Lord of the Rings follow for the benefit of readers who may not have actually read the works Carter next turns to the uestion of what the works are a point of some confusion at the time The then current vogue for realistic fiction provided critics with A Look Behind The Lord PDF or few tools for evaluating an out out fantasy on its own terms Attempts to deconstruct it as a satire or allegory were rife Carter firmly debunks these efforts supporting his argument by drawing on Tolkien's own published ruminations on fantasy's functions purposes He then contextualizes the works by sketching the history of written fantasy from its earliest appearance in the epic poetry of the ancient world thru the heroic poetry of the Dark the prose romances of the Middle Ages down to the fairy tales ghost stories gothic novels of the early modern era the rediscovery of the genre by writers of the th centuries prior to contemporary with Tolkien The origins of the modern genre are discovered in the writings of Wm Morris Lord Dunsany ER Eddison followed thru the works of authors they influenced including HP Lovecraft Fletcher Pratt L Sprague de Camp Mervyn Peake Carter next highlights some of Tolkien's particular debts to his predecessors tracing the motifs names he utilizes back to their beginnings in Norse mythology highlighting other echoes in his work deriving from legend history Finally noted is Tolkien's influence on contemporary fantasy which was just beginning to make itself felt primarily in the juvenile fantasies of Carol Kendall Alan Garner Lloyd Alexander.

10 thoughts on “Tolkien A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings

  1. Robert Beveridge Robert Beveridge says:

    Lin Carter Tolkien A Look Behind the Lord of the Rings Ballantine 1969Forget the title Carter's book has about as much to do with Lord of the Rings as Silence of the Lambs actually has to do with lambs They get mentioned now and again but are really uite unnecessary to what's going onCarter's interesting little tome is actually of an encapsulated history of fantasy literature up to the time of Tolkien the sources from which Tolkien got his ideas LOTR serves as a convenient linchpin and a good jumping off point but Carter is truly in his own when he's discussing the Elder Edda or the epics of Homer and his contemporaries and tracing how the stories got from the ancient texts into Tolkien's hands It leaves behind a wealth of wonderful reading material for the interested fantasy reader to track down assuming most of it can be found; Carter laments that many of the works of which he speaks have been lost to the ages and this is its chief strength As for weaknesses well there really aren't any Carter spends too much time summing up LOTR when he could be telling us about Egyptian legends and he makes a number of guesses about things in LOTR since The Silmarillion hadn't been published yet and for all its annoyances The Silmarillion did answer a whole lot of uestions about the First Age but it's impossible to count that against Carter and still remain fair I'd just liked to have seen of the old stuff and less of the new

  2. Ben Haavisto Ben Haavisto says:

    I really enjoyed this book Nice read to get a little into the origin of Tolkien's writing and see some cool connections Keep in mind that this was written before works like the silmarillion and the histories of middle earth had been released so some things are speculative when it comes to history inside middle earth On it being written that early it is cool to see the speculation of what the silmarillion could entail when it is eventually released

  3. Grace Grace says:

    First and foremost it must be said that this book came out in 1969 roughly 15 years after the LOTR was initially published it had a slow start until paperbacks so some information about influences and other topics Carter supposes at have since been explained through The Silmarillion '77 and other texts That does not mean that this book has no value Yes much of the information is found extensively in material we have since its publication much of it electronic but what is uniue here that he talks about the research he had done in finding some of Tolkien's influences such as general themes basic sources and names of people places and things I hadn't really found this in depth information anywhere else but I wasn't really looking for it either It is interesting because he talks about general themes and how many authors and cultures have borrowed them but also specific examples such as a name coming from a verse of an old textIn one chapter Carter brings in a discussion of categorizing LOTR as a genre talks extensively of the history of these genres citing notable works This was somewhat interesting and doesn't drag too long; this is an overall short book 200 pgs approx However I could see this being a very boring section for some readers Overall I enjoyed this but I am a big LOTR fan and enjoy these 'behind the scene' information I would only recommend this book to1 Big fans who want to read everything they can on LOTR and Tolkien works2 Fans of the Fantasy genre or Sword and Magic Adventure etc so many references to other books3 Strong interest in Northern European lore esp Norse Anglo Saxon Germanic

  4. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    I was going to give this some slack when it says from the get go that this was first published in the sixties before The Silmarillion was even published But then it spends a good chunk of paper summarizing the trilogy which makes little sense because one would think the target audience for this book is people who've already read the whole thing So I skipped those I skimmed through it to see if there was commentary as the author summarized which would have been mildly interesting like listening to the commentary track on the dvd of a film but nope just summarizing And then it spends another good chunk of paper talking about fantasy and myth and other fantasy stories and writers that only very marginally relates to Tolkien's stories Skipped those too From what I gather they're included in this book simply because those stories are in the same genre as LOTR is this a tiny bit understandable as the fantasy epic apparently wasn't as popular in the 60s as it has been in the past couple of decades?I think I've finally gotten to a part where it actually talks about Tolkien's influences but it's already than half of the way through the book I'm glad I got this off the bargain bin

  5. C.J. Edmunds C.J. Edmunds says:

    Finished it just after watching the movie version of The Hobbit Almost forgot that I had this book if not for some holiday cleaning around the houseHighly recommended for lovers of Professor Tolkien's work or for those who are just starting to acuaint themselves with his vast mythology Here we are treated to the different and possible as well as confirmed references that the professor read in order to construct his vast world of Middle EarthWhile it may be true to a certain extent and paraphrasing what I think George Lucas said There are no original stories just original storytelling There are just some aspects of Tolkien's mythology copied and lifted from the Norse Celtic and Greek myths and it is to his credit as a lover of languages that he is able to give us an story that depicts the endless struggle between good and evil and the journey that goes along with it in order to discover at the end who we really areWouldn't mind reading this again Then again it's mineso literally I could

  6. Llyrianna Llyrianna says:

    This study in Tolkien was readable from the beginning to the very end It is simple yet serious I learned a lot of interesting facts and ideas about Tolkien's work I know there are many studies in Tolkien's work that are new expansive and detailed but this work is really nice exactly because of its simplicity Also the interesting fact is that Carter wrote and published this book before the publishing of Silmarillion and the death of JRRT so you can find many interesting ideas Carter had confirmed of disproved by time uite nice reading

  7. John Robin John Robin says:

    This book reconnected me to my earliest roots in fantasy Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Lin Carter has a way of exploring the background to Tolkien’s work that compelled me especially given the amount of other material I’ve read on Tolkien Perhaps the greatest value in this book was some of the irony in reading it The book was published in the late 60s when Tolkien’s seuel to LOTR was still looming so Carter’s speculation on what secrets Tolkien will reveal about the Eldar and the Noldor and the Valar for instance was amusing given our present knowledge of The Silmarillion and the direction Tolkien later took This book also served as a kind of indirect biography of Tolkien in the sense of Carter being a journalist chasing the story of who this new Tolkien guy is In this vein the richest part of the book near the end was Carter’s exploration of the epic from the Odyssey and Iliad all the way through to the seuels Homerica then the later roots in Amadis of Gaul and the romances then the Viking sagas esp The Elder Edda and Voluspa Gandalf for instance was a Norse king And Frodo makes an appearance or less And if you wonder where Tolkien might have gotten Tom Bombadil there’s another gem in this book that I’ll leave for you to discoverIf you are a fantasy writer and you want to trace your Tolkien influences right to the roots so as to drop some derivative lines this book is the source Highly recommended especially for fantasy writers influenced by Tolkien or Tolkien esuire fantasy

  8. David McGrogan David McGrogan says:

    This is a historical curiosity really a book about the Lord of the Rings and its background and inspirations from the era before the internet when many fans would have had access to little information about Tolkien his influences or the wider fantasy genre There are some interesting nuggets in here and I suppose in its time it was a work of considerable erudition Carter clearly went to the trouble of reading much of the literary sources Tolkien drew from but it is only of value to the modern reader as an insight into what people were saying about fantasy fiction in the 1960s

  9. Keith Keith says:

    Good account of the fantasy novels myths etc that came before and influence the writing of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit books It made me want to read some of those but I have not read all of them I really enjoy Tolkien but I did not like what was done with the Hobbit movies expanding a single charming book into a trilogy of films with a lot added I mostly liked the LOTR trilogy of films though even with some things changed

  10. Roberta Roberta says:

    As much as I have enjoyed Lin Carter's fiction I can't say that I enjoyed much of this book Maybe this is the book that my college profs read when it came out when all their students had read Tolkien but the teachers hadn't yet and needed to know what all the fuss was about Now this book is a period piece Think WoodstockThe first 7 chapters of this book are just a summary of The Lord of the Rings If you have read The Lord of the Rings you can skip the first 7 chapters If you haven't read The Lord of the Rings you should be reading that not thisMost of the rest of the book talks about every myth and piece of folklore that could possibly have influenced Tolkien and Carter has apparently studied all of them in depth At one point I almost forgot that the book was supposed to be about The Lord of the Rings because the last time it was mentioned was so many pages in the past

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