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J.R.R. Tolkien : The Books, The Films, The Whole Cultural Phenomenon, Including a Scene By Scene Analysis of the 2001-2003 Lord of the Rings Films epub

J.R.R. Tolkien : The Books, The Films, The Whole Cultural Phenomenon, Including a Scene By Scene Analysis of the 2001-2003 Lord of the Rings Films by Jeremy Mark Robinson

J.R.R. Tolkien : The Books, The Films, The Whole Cultural Phenomenon, Including a Scene By Scene Analysis of the 2001-2003 Lord of the Rings Films
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Author: Jeremy Mark Robinson
Number of Pages: 812 pages
Published Date: 28 Feb 2008
Publisher: Crescent Moon Publishing
Publication Country: Kent, United Kingdom
Language: Algonquian languages
ISBN: 9781861710574
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DESCRIPTION A book exploring the world of J.R.R. Tolkien in over 800 pages. Part one of this book focusses on J.R.R. Tolkiens texts, principally those dealing with his secondary world of Middle-earth. Part two explores the 2001-03 Hollywood movies of The Lord of the Rings, with a scene-by-scene analysis of the three films. Part of this book explores the influence of the Tolkien industry, in areas like computer gaming, merchandizing and cinema. EXTRACT FROM THE INTRODUCTION Philip Toynbee declared, in 1961, that Tolkiens childish books had passed into a merciful oblivion, a wonderful statement, just a tad inaccurate. In 1997, The Lord of the Rings was voted the top book of the 20th century by readers in a British bookstores poll (Waterstones). 104 out of 105 stores and 25,000 readers put The Lord of the Rings at the (1984 was second). Around 100 million copies of The Lord of the Rings had been sold by the end of the twentieth century, and 60 million copies of The Hobbit, with sales of around 3 million per year of the two books combined. Readers just love reading Tolkiens books. Its that simple. You cant force people to buy books or go see movies; theres isnt a magic formula (or ruling ring) to hypnotize readers and consumers (if there was, itd be worth billions). And the Tolkien phenomenon began with readers. Back in 1937, 1954 and 1955, the publishers Allen & Unwin did their bit, of course, with reviews, blurbs, advertizing and so on, promoting The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but it was readers who first started the phenomenon that has become truly global. Tolkiens influence on literature has been considerable, too, and not just in the realm of fantasy, sci-fi, fairy tales and related genres. As fantasy author Terry Brooks said, Tolkien was the premier fantasy writer of the last century, and all of us writing today owe him a huge debt. No other writer W.H. Auden reckoned had created an imaginary world and a history in such detail. Colin Wilson agreed that only a few writers have concocted a total universe, and that Tolkiens was very impressive. Tolkiens mythological writings may be the largest body of invented mythology in the history of literature, according to David Day (12). Invented, that is, by one person. Its also certainly the most complex and detailed invented world in all literature (13). JEREMY MARK ROBINSON Jeremy Robinson has written many critical studies, including Steven Spielberg, Arthur Rimbaud, Jean-Luc Godard, and The Sacred Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky, plus literary monographs on: J.R.R. Tolkien; Samuel Beckett; Thomas Hardy; Andr Gide; Robert Graves; and Lawrence Durrell.

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