Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth (英語) ハードカバー – 2018/7/15
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Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth explores the huge creative endeavor behind Tolkien’s enduring popularity. Lavishly illustrated with three hundred images of his manuscripts, drawings, maps, and letters, the book traces the creative process behind his most famous literary works—The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion—and reproduces personal photographs and private papers, many of which have never been seen before in print.
Six essays introduce the reader to the person of J. R. R. Tolkien and to main themes in his life and work, including the influence of northern languages and legends on the creation of his own legendarium; his concept of “Faërie” as an enchanted literary realm; the central importance of his invented languages in his fantasy writing; his visual imagination and its emergence in his artwork; and the encouragement he derived from his close friend C. S. Lewis and their literary group the Inklings.
The book brings together the largest collection of original Tolkien material ever assembled in a single volume. Drawing on the extensive archives of the Tolkien collections at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, which stretch to more than five hundred boxes, and Marquette University, Milwaukee, as well as private collections, this hugely ambitious and exquisitely produced book draws together the worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien – scholarly, literary, creative, and domestic—offering a rich and detailed understanding and appreciation of this extraordinary author.
This landmark publication, produced on the occasion of a major exhibition at the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford in 2018 and at the Morgan Library in New York in 2019, is set to become a standard work in the literature on J. R. R. Tolkien.
"Incredible . . . . A hefty book packed full of gorgeous, fascinating images." --io9
"Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth aims to demonstrate this link between the evolution of the world of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and the biography of their author. . . . The scope of his world was truly vast, and his desire to populate it impressive in itself. More to the point, the paintings are beautiful."
--Times Literary Supplement
"Reveals [Tolkien's] painstaking creative process. . . . Reflect[s] a literary mind almost obsessed with perfecting each and every [detail]."
--New York Times Book Review
"Splendid . . . . Impressive." --Toronto Star
"Extensive . . . . Fascinating."
--Wall Street Journal
"One awesome and lore-packed book. . . . sure to enrich any fan's appreciation for Tolkien the mortal Man, who despite having left this world has at least left behind another of his own creations. A vast, believable, alien-yet-familiar, and somehow still scarcely inhabited world: Middle-earth, which seems to be half the Earth we know and half an Earth we don't. One that's steeped in Faerie."--Tor.com
"Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth is a pure delight, one that I'll return to many times in the years to come. . . . I have many more books about Tolkien than I do ones he has written, and this is the best of those about him so far."--Fantasy & Science Fiction
"The most thorough treatment of his life and work in decades. . . . Will enlighten even longtime Tolkien fans about the intensely visual and artistic aspect of his creativity." --The National Review
"For anyone who grew up in the Tolkien universe, seeing the original artwork--the death of Smaug, for instance, the dragon's head thrown back, his scales pierced by a black arrow, over the burning remains of the lake town of Esgaroth--will be like meeting an old friend."--Country Life
"Incredibly and unexpectedly moving. . . . Colorful and joyful, too."--Fine Books & Collections Magazine
The catalogue is magnificently illustrated throughout with Tolkien's own artwork,including some from his youth and others, like rough maps and sketches he created while writing his stories to help him better envision his landscapes, which were subsequently replaced by more polished final products. He was a notably meticulous artist, and even doodles on newspaper created while he was working on crosswords are drawn in very fine detail. Calligraphy was another of Tolkien's interests, and there are numerous examples of his fine penmanship, many in the runes and other writing systems he created for his characters. Some of this art will be familiar to his readers because it has been used to illustrate his books and in calendars and other materials, but much of it is new, and all of it has been given fresh descriptions and analyses in this catalogue. There are also plenty of photographs of Tolkien and his family and friends, some of which have already been published but all given enhanced evaluations here. Letters from and to Tolkien, including some to his wife Edith written during World War I and others from friends who were to die in battle, are also included.
The value of this impressive catalogue is greatly increased by the scholarly essays, including a biographical sketch by its primary author. The essays examine aspects of Tolkien's life, writings and artwork and were written by some of the most pre-eminent of today's Middle-earth scholars.There is a selection of letters Tolkien received from various notable readers throughout his life, including C.S. Lewis, W.H. Auden, Arthur Ransome, Terry Pratchett, Iris Murdoch, the future Queen Margrethe, and Lynda Johnson Robb (on White House stationery). And there is a selection of the fan mail Tolkien received, some written in his own runic scripts and other languages and all of it charming in the love it expresses for his writing. Perhaps the most amusing of these letters is a famous one Tolkien received from a Mr. Sam Gamgee! I remember writing him a fan letter or two back in my own childhood, but they didn't make it into this collection.
This catalogue is one to be savored and kept close at hand for long perusal. Even if you do not manage to make a trip to the Bodleian the catalogue will provide an unparalleled view of Tolkien's rich artistic vision.
The Bodleian Library’s first exhibition on J.R.R. Tolkien in 25 years opened June 1. The exhibition is important for a number of reasons. The Bodleian is a major repository of papers, manuscripts, and artwork related to Tolkien, and its collection has grown considerably in that time. The number of scholarly books and papers on Tolkien and his writings had grown considerably, and authors inevitably have to go to the Bodleian for research. And there is much about Tolkien and his works that we are still learning, and exhibition like this can add immeasurably to public understanding.
The title of the exhibition is “Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth.” The catalog book created for the exhibition is one of the most beautiful contemporary books I’ve ever seen. It’s simply stunning. Catherine McIlwaine, the Tolkien Archivist at the Bodleian, is the curator for the exhibition and the editor of (and a contributor to) the book catalog.
The book is introduced by six essays, including a biographical sketch by McIlwaine and an overview of Tolkien and the Inklings by John Garth, author of “Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth.” Other essays include a discussion of Tolkien’s perilous land of “faerie,” inventing Elvish, Tolkien and “that noble northern spirit,” and Tolkien’s art.
The essays are followed by nine sections of artifacts on display, closing tracking the nine sections of the exhibition. These include reading Tolkien, his childhood, student days, his sheer inventive genius, “The Silmarillion,” his teaching and lectures, “The Hobbit,” “The Lord of the Rings,” and Tolkien’s maps. Letters to Tolkien from readers are included, including ones from W.H. Auden, Lynda Johnson Robb, and Iris Murdoch. And who knew that songwriter Joni Mitchell asked and received permission from Tolkien to use the names Lorien and Strider for her music and publishing company?
The featured artwork and maps drawn and painted by Tolkien are standouts. Tolkien, write Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull in their opening essay, came from a generation when both men and women of an upper-middle and upper-class mentality were taught to draw. In Tolkien’s case, he continued drawing, painting and watercolors long after most would have set it aside. And we see book covers, posters, drawings, and illustrations that are often as striking as his writing.
And, oh, my, the maps. Readers can pore over more than 28 pages of maps drawn by Tolkien, many with his annotations and notes.
“Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth” is an artifact and a treasure in and of itself. Its main point is this: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings both arose from decades of creativity and inspiration, almost the tip of the iceberg that included extensive research, creation of languages, epic poetry, and creation of histories of elves, dwarves, hobbits, and men.