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Neral themes basic sources and names of people places and things I hadn t really found this in epth 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 Eu Democracy Promotion and Governmentality discussion of categorizing LOTR as a genre talks extensively of the history of these genres citing notable works This was somewhat interesting andoesn t Youre on an Airplane 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 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 Lin Carter Tolkien A Look Behind the Lord of the Rings Ballantine 1969Forget the title Carter s book has about as much too with Lord of the Rings as Silence of the Lambs actually has to o 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 up to the time of Tolkien the sources from which Tolkien got his ideas LOTR serves a convenient linchpin and a good jumping off point but Carter is truly in his own when he s iscussing 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 Playing the Point (Blue Line Hockey, 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 Silmarillionid answer a whole lot of uestions about the First Age but it s impossible to count that against Carter and still remain fair I The Notorious Groom #AUTHOR#Caroline Cross#END# d just liked to have seen of the old stuff and less of the ne. Rance in the epic poetry of the ancient world thru the heroic poetry of the Dark the prose romances of the Middle Agesown to the fairy tales ghost stories gothic novels of the early modern era the rediscovery of the genre by novels of the early modern era the rediscovery of the genre by of the 19 20th centuries prior to contemporary with Tolkien The origins of the modern genre are The Fall of Crazy House (Crazy House, 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 Spraguee Camp Mervyn Peake Carter next highlights some of Tolkien's particular Lazy Brunch debts to his predecessors tracing the motifs names he utilizes back to their beginnings in Norse mythology highlighting other echoes in his workeriving 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 Alexand. ,


Tolkien A Look Behind The Lord of the RingsAs 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 of the rest of book talks about every myth and piece of folklore that could possibly have influenced Tolkien and Carter has apparently studied all of them in epth 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 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 read some of those but I have not read all of them I really enjoy Tolkien but I not like what was one 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 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 wider fantasy genre There are some interesting nuggets in here 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 Religion, Aging and Health 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 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 theirection 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 This study in Tolkien was readable from the. Tolkien A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings is a study of the works of JRR Tolkien written by Lin Carter It was first published in paper by Ballantine in 1969 went thru numerous additional printings It was among the earliest full length critical works The Opening of the Third Eye devoted to Tolkien's fantasies the first to set his writings in their proper context in the history of fantasy It was the earliest of three studies by Carterevoted to fantasyhorror writers the history of fantasy being followed by Lovecraft A Look Behind the Cthulhu Mythos 1972 and Imaginary Worlds The Art of Fantasy 1973 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 803The study serves as an introduction for those unfamiliar with Tolkien's work An introduction briefly reviews the publishing phenomenon of The Lord of 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 Dominant Species 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 theeath of JRRT so you can find many interesting ideas Carter had confirmed of The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy disproved by time uite nice reading 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 theifferent 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 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 Ecstasy and Holiness 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 ofecadesI 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 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 oes not mean that this book Has No Value Yes no value Yes 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 one in finding some of Tolkien s influences such about the research he had A Banner Handbook For Homeschoolers done in finding some of Tolkien s influences such ge. Rings its popularity in the wake of the 1st paper editions in the '60s after which heevotes three chapters to a short biography of the author thru the late '60s including an account of how it was written Four chapters explaining Middle earth summarizing the stories of The Hobbit the three volumes of The Lord of the Rings Follow For The follow for the 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 few tools for evaluating an out out fantasy on its own terms Attempts to Mexican American Women, Dress and Gender deconstruct it as a satire or allegory were rife Carter firmlyebunks these efforts supporting his argument by The Ranchers Second Chance 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 appea.