Celebrating the 125th Birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien

This January marks the 125th (or twelfthty-fifth) birthday of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University and one of the most famous authors of the 20th century. Tolkien’s influence on fantasy writing can still be seen in contemporary literature, particularly in works of high fantasy, and Peter Jackson’s successful film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have helped to bring his most famous works to a new generation.


To mark his 125th birthday, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling titles on Tolkien and fantasy literature.

To redeem your discount, simply add the book(s) to your basket and enter the promotional code TOLKIEN17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st January 2017.

C. S. Lewis and the Inklings is a unique collection of two of the Inklings and their literary associates’ views on the negative impacts of technology in various areas of life and the resolution of these impacts through fellowship with others and faith in the Creator. Some of these essays offer suggestions on how ensnarement by social media and surrender to modern technology can be countered by surrender to God. Other essays also demonstrate how the significant literary craft of these authors can enchant readers and invite them into fairylands from which they return empowered and with a keener spiritual vision to tackle universal and present concerns.

One wonders whether there really is a need for another volume of essays on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Clearly there is. Middle-earth and Beyond: Essays on the World of J. R. R. Tolkien takes new directions, employs new approaches, focuses on different texts, or reviews and then challenges received wisdom. The entries on sources and analogues in The Lord of the Rings, a favorite topic, are still able to take new directions. The analyses of Tolkien’s literary art, less common in Tolkien criticism, focus on character—especially that of Tom Bombadil—in which two different conclusions are reached. But characterization is also seen in the light of different literary techniques, motifs, and symbols. A unique contribution examines the place of linguistics in Tolkien’s literary art, employing Gricean concepts in an analysis of The Lay of the Children of Húrin. And a quite timely essay presents a new interpretation of Tolkien’s attitude toward the environment.

Fear and horror are an inextricable part of Tolkien’s great mythology and his use of medieval sources for his evocations of fear and horror contribute to the distinctive tone of his work.The Mirror Crack’d: Fear and Horror in JRR Tolkien’s Major Works shows how his masterly narrative techniques transform his sources, both familiar and unfamiliar, so that hitherto benign characters, objects and landscapes, as well as his famous monstrous creations, engage with deeply rooted human fears. While some of the essays presented here turn to modern science, psychology, and anthropology to deepen their analyses of fear and horror, they all add depth to our appreciation of Tolkien’s most famous and frightening creations by defining their relationships to ancient and culturally significant images of fear and horror.

What if there is much more to the Harry Potter saga than a simple tale of adventure and fantasy for kids? “Yes, there is much more,” is the guiding premise of the annual, academic gatherings at Edinboro University known as The Ravenclaw Conferences. Since 2011, faculty and students have met in Edinboro to deliver papers and discuss the many intellectual and ethical issues raised in this story of an orphan boy’s journey from being a nobody to becoming the Chosen One of prophecy. In The Ravenclaw Chronicles, the reader will find select articles developed from these conferences, most from professors, but a few from student presenters. There is even one original short story of Harry Potter fan fiction. These reflections come from diverse perspectives: namely, philosophy, history, English literature, media studies, and world languages.


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