Reading The Lord of the Rings

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Reading The Lord of the Rings: New Writings on Tolkien's Classic
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EditorRobert Eaglestone
PublisherContinuum International Publishing Group
Released25 December 2005
FormatHardcover; Paperback

Reading The Lord of the Rings: New Writings on Tolkien's Classic is a collection of academic essays on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

From the publisher[edit]

Beginning with an analysis of the critical history of Tolkien, the first section, Context and Criticism, examines and contrasts the historical and intellectual context of the books, films and their criticism. The second, Space, Place and Communities, turns to the philosophical and post-colonial concerns which structure contemporary understandings of the book and film. The third section, Gender, Sexuality and Class, shows how these issues are depicted in the novles and films. The final section, Tolkien's Futures, looks at the continuing influence of his work in both more traditional literary forms and in contemporary game and electronic narrative.[1]


  • Introduction by Robert Eaglestone
  • Part I: Context and Criticism
  1. Towards a Better Tolkien criticism by Michael D.C. Drout
  2. Gothic Echoes by Sue Zlosnik
  3. The One Ring by Adam Roberts
  • Part II: Space, Place, and Community
  1. Invisibility by Robert Eaglestone
  2. Home by Simon Malpas
  3. Time by Barry Langford
  • Part III: Gender, Sexuality and Class
  1. Women by Jennifer Neville
  2. Masculinity by Holly A Crocker
  3. Homoeroticism by Esther Saxey
  4. Service by Scott Kleinman
  • Tolkien's Futures
  1. Games; Barry Atkins, Manchester Metropolitan University
  2. In the tradition...; Roz Kaveney.


  1. "Reading The Lord of the Rings", (accessed 18 January 2012)