Tolkien, Race and Cultural History

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Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits
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AuthorDimitra Fimi
PublisherBasingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan
Released20 November 2008 (28 July 2010)
FormatHardcover (Paperback)
Pages252 (256)

Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits is a 2008 book by Dimitra Fimi.

The book was the winner of the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inklings Studies for 2010 (Mythopoeic Society, USA), and was shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award for 2009 (Folklore Society, London).[1]

From the publisher[edit]

'Tolkien, Race and Cultural History' explores the evolution of Tolkien's mythology by examining how it changed as a result of Tolkien's life story and contemporary cultural and intellectual history. The book considers Tolkien's creative writing as an ever-developing 'legendarium': an interconnected web of stories, poems and essays, from his early poems in the 1910s to his latest writings in the early 1970s. Consequently, the book is not restricted to a discussion of Tolkien's best-known works only ('The Hobbit', 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Silmarillion') but examines the whole corpus of his legendarium, including the 12-volume History of Middle-earth series, which has received little attention from critics. This new approach and scope brings to light neglected aspects of Tolkien's imaginative vision and addresses key features of Tolkien's creativity: the centrality of the Elves and the role of linguistic invention in his legendarium, as well as race and material culture in Middle-earth.

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  1. Dimitra Fimi, "Publications", (accessed 18 August 2013)