Tolkien's World (by Randel Helms)
Detailed information about the different editions.
- 1974: Tolkien's World. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. xi, , 167 pp. 21 × 14 cm. ISBN 0-395-18490-8. Jacket photograph by Gwendolyn Stewart.
- 1974: British edition, slightly shortened: London: Thames and Hudson. 160 pp. 21 × 14.5 cm. ISBN 0-500-01114-1: £2.95 (1975 reprint)
- 1976: Myth, Magic and Meaning in Tolkien's World. British paperback edition: St Albans: Panther. 142 pp. 18 cm. ISBN 0-586-04365-9 (pbk)
Tolkien's magical world of Middle-earth - a land inhabited by tobacco-smoking, ale-brewing, Halfling superheroes, eon-old Elven kings, chanting time-travellers, messianic wizards and satanic war-lords - remains unparalleled in its scope and vision and unsurpassed in its appeal and fascination for countless millions of people of all ages the world over.
Now, in this long-awaited study, Professor Helms shows how the master story-teller succeeded in combining a scholarly knowledge of traditional mythological literature with an imaginative genius to create fantasy epics of universal significance.
Table of Contents
- Tolkien's World: An Introduction
- "I Desired Dragons": The development of a theory of fantasy
- Tolkien's Leaf: The Hobit and the discovery of a world
- The Hobbit as Swain: A world of myth
- Frodo Anti-Faust: The Lord of the Rings as contemporary mythology
- Tolkien's World: The structure and aesthetic of The Lord of the Rings
- The Myth Allegorized: Tolkien's minor prose
- Last Gleanings from the Red Book: Scholarly parody in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil