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'''A Tolkien Compass''' is an collection of articles on [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s writings. It also contains Tolkien's own [[Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings]]. The Compass was edited by [[Jared Lobdell]].
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'''''A Tolkien Compass: Fascinating Studies and Interpretations of J.R.R. Tolkien's Most Popular Epic Fantasies''''' is a collection of essays on [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s writings, edited by [[Jared Lobdell]].
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Most contributors were, like Lobdell, part of the [[University of Wisconsin Tolkien Society]].<ref name>[[Jared Lobdell]], ''A Tolkien Compass'', "Introduction"</ref> 
  
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The first edition was published in [[1975]], and a second and third edition followed in [[1980]] and [[2002]]. The first edition also contained Tolkien's ''[[Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings]]'' (pp. 153-201), but this has been omitted from later editions due to complaints from the [[Tolkien Estate]], who are the legal owners of the text. 
  
==Publishing details==
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==First Edition ([[1975]])==
Jared Lobdell, '''A Tolkien Compass''' (La Salle, Ill.: Open Court, 1975), [v], 201 pp.
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===From the Publisher===
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{{quote|For those who have dismissed Tolkien's writings as simply escapist literature, the sophisticated tome and perceptive, probing insights of most of the collected articles may be an awakening to a deeper appreciation of these complex classics|The A.R.E. Journal}}
  
Also published as: Jared Lobdell, '''A Tolkien Compass''' (New York: Del Rey, 1980), [v], 216 pp.<br>
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The intricacies of Tolkien's puns, the moral geography of [[Middle-earth]], the true character of the [[Fellowship of the Ring]] and the hobbits' friends and foes, the sheer musical beauty of the names Tolkien invents - all are given careful attention. Tolkien's consuming involvement in his books merits this loving exactness.
Republished: Jared Lobdell, '''A Tolkien Compass''' (La Salle, Ill.: Open Court, 2002), 164 pp. (with a Foreword by [[Tom Shippey]]).
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[[W.H. Auden]] wrote that he was especially astounded by Tolkien's gift for inventing proper names. Auden would have avidly studied the final offering of this book. For here is a true polestar for all wondering Tolkien fans: Tolkien's own unpublished "[[Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings|Guide to the Names in ''The Lord of the Rings'']]." Originally, Tolkien prepared this guide for translators of his work. Here, he shares his dragon-hoard of etymological treasures. His asides to the reader on how he came to choose some of the names bring us into Tolkien's own studyroom.<ref>[[Jared Lobdell]], ''A Tolkien Compass'', Front endpaper</ref>
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===Contents===
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* [[Jared Lobdell]]: "Introduction" (dated September [[1974]])
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* [[Bonniejean Christensen]]: "Gollum's Character Transformation in ''The Hobbit''"
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* [[Dorothy Matthews]]: "The Psychological Journey of Bilbo Baggins"
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* [[Walter Scheps]]: "The Fairy-tale Morality of ''The Lord of the Rings''"
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* [[Agnes Perkins]] and [[Helen Hill]]: "The Corruption of Power"
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* [[Deborah Rogers|Deborah C. Rogers]]: "Everyclod and Everyhero: The Image of Man in Tolkien"
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* [[Richard C. West]]: "The Interlace Structure of ''The Lord of the Rings''"
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* [[David M. Miller]]: "Narrative Pattern in ''The Fellowship of the Ring''"
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* [[Robert Plank]]: "'The Scouring of the Shire': Tolkien's View on Fascism"
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* [[Charles A. Huttar]]: "Hell and The City: Tolkien and the Traditions of Western Literature"
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* [[U. Milo Kaufmann]]: "Aspects of the Paradisical in Tolkien's Work"
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* [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]: "[[Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings]]"
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==Second Edition ([[1980]])==
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===Contents===
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* [[Jared Lobdell]]: "Introduction"
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* [[Bonniejean Christensen]]: "Gollum's Character Transformation in ''The Hobbit''"
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* [[Dorothy Matthews]]: "The Psychological Journey of Bilbo Baggins"
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* [[Walter Scheps]]: "The Fairy-tale Morality of ''The Lord of the Rings''"
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* [[Agnes Perkins]] and [[Helen Hill]]: "The Corruption of Power"
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* [[Deborah Rogers|Deborah C. Rogers]]: "Everyclod and Everyhero: The Image of Man in Tolkien"
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* [[Richard C. West]]: "The Interlace Structure of ''The Lord of the Rings''"
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* [[David M. Miller]]: "Narrative Pattern in ''The Fellowship of the Ring''"
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* [[Robert Plank]]: "'The Scouring of the Shire': Tolkien's View on Fascism"
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* [[Charles A. Huttar]]: "Hell and The City: Tolkien and the Traditions of Western Literature"
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* [[U. Milo Kaufmann]]: "Aspects of the Paradisical in Tolkien's Work"
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* [[Jared Lobdell]]: "Postscript"
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==Third Edition ([[2003]])==
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===From the Publisher===
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''A Tolkien Compass'' offers surprising insights into the mind of the creator of ''Lord of the Rings''. Tolkien's political, religious, cosmological, and psychological principles are explored by ten writers with different backgrounds and divergent approaches. As leading authority [[Tom Shippey]] observes in his foreword, ''A Tolkien Compass'' lives up to its name by providing vital guidance to both new and seasoned travelers in Middle-earth.
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===Contents===
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* [[Tom Shippey]]: "Foreword" (third edition only)
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* [[Jared Lobdell]]: "Introduction"
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* [[Bonniejean Christensen]]: "Gollum's Character Transformation in ''The Hobbit''"
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* [[Dorothy Matthews]]: "The Psychological Journey of Bilbo Baggins"
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* [[Walter Scheps]]: "The Fairy-tale Morality of ''The Lord of the Rings''"
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* [[Agnes Perkins]] and [[Helen Hill]]: "The Corruption of Power"
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* [[Deborah Rogers|Deborah C. Rogers]]: "Everyclod and Everyhero: The Image of Man in Tolkien"
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* [[Richard C. West]]: "The Interlace Structure of ''The Lord of the Rings''"
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* [[David M. Miller]]: "Narrative Pattern in ''The Fellowship of the Ring''"
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* [[Robert Plank]]: "'The Scouring of the Shire': Tolkien's View on Fascism"
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* [[Charles A. Huttar]]: "Hell and The City: Tolkien and the Traditions of Western Literature"
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* [[U. Milo Kaufmann]]: "Aspects of the Paradisical in Tolkien's Work"
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* [[Jared Lobdell]]: "Postscript"
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A Tolkien Compass
ATolkienCompass.png
EditorJared Lobdell
PublisherDel Rey, Open Court
Released1975
FormatPaperback
Pages216 (1st ed), 208 (3rd ed)
ISBN0875483038

A Tolkien Compass: Fascinating Studies and Interpretations of J.R.R. Tolkien's Most Popular Epic Fantasies is a collection of essays on J.R.R. Tolkien's writings, edited by Jared Lobdell. Most contributors were, like Lobdell, part of the University of Wisconsin Tolkien Society.[1]

The first edition was published in 1975, and a second and third edition followed in 1980 and 2002. The first edition also contained Tolkien's Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings (pp. 153-201), but this has been omitted from later editions due to complaints from the Tolkien Estate, who are the legal owners of the text.

Contents

[edit] First Edition (1975)

[edit] From the Publisher

"For those who have dismissed Tolkien's writings as simply escapist literature, the sophisticated tome and perceptive, probing insights of most of the collected articles may be an awakening to a deeper appreciation of these complex classics"
― The A.R.E. Journal

The intricacies of Tolkien's puns, the moral geography of Middle-earth, the true character of the Fellowship of the Ring and the hobbits' friends and foes, the sheer musical beauty of the names Tolkien invents - all are given careful attention. Tolkien's consuming involvement in his books merits this loving exactness.

W.H. Auden wrote that he was especially astounded by Tolkien's gift for inventing proper names. Auden would have avidly studied the final offering of this book. For here is a true polestar for all wondering Tolkien fans: Tolkien's own unpublished "Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings." Originally, Tolkien prepared this guide for translators of his work. Here, he shares his dragon-hoard of etymological treasures. His asides to the reader on how he came to choose some of the names bring us into Tolkien's own studyroom.[2]

[edit] Contents

[edit] Second Edition (1980)

[edit] Contents

[edit] Third Edition (2003)

[edit] From the Publisher

A Tolkien Compass offers surprising insights into the mind of the creator of Lord of the Rings. Tolkien's political, religious, cosmological, and psychological principles are explored by ten writers with different backgrounds and divergent approaches. As leading authority Tom Shippey observes in his foreword, A Tolkien Compass lives up to its name by providing vital guidance to both new and seasoned travelers in Middle-earth.

[edit] Contents

[edit] References

  1. Jared Lobdell, A Tolkien Compass, "Introduction"
  2. Jared Lobdell, A Tolkien Compass, Front endpaper