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NOMINATED FOR THE 2002 HUGO AND LOCUS AWARD

When J.R.R. Tolkien created the extraordinary world of Middle-earth and populated it with fantastic, archetypal denizens, reinventing the heroic quest, the world hardly noticed. Sales of The Lord of the Rings languished for the better part of two decades, until the Ballantine editions were published here in America. By late 1950s, however, the books were selling well and beginning to change the face of fantasy. . . . forever.

A generation of students and aspiring writers had their hearts and imaginations captured by the rich tapestry of the Middle-earth mythos, the larger-than-life heroic characters, the extraordinary and exquisite nature of Tolkien's prose, and the unending quest to balance evil with good. These young readers grew up to become the successful writers of modern fantasy. They created their own worlds and universes, in some cases their own languages, and their own epic heroic quests. And all of them owe a debt of gratitude to the works and the author who first set them on the path.

In Meditations on Middle-earth, sixteen bestselling fantasy authors share details of their personal relationships with Tolkien's mythos, for it inspired them all. Had there been no Lord of the Rings, there would also have been no Earthsea books by Ursula K. Le Guin; no Song of Ice and Fire saga from George R. R. Martin; no Tales of Discworld from Terry Pratchett; no Legends of Alvin Maker from Orson Scott Card. Each of them was influenced by the master mythmaker, and now each reveals the nature of that influence and their personal relationships with the greatest fantasy novels ever written in the English language.

If you've never read the Tolkien books, read these essays and discover the depthy and beauty of his work. If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings, the candid comments of these modern mythmakers will give you new insight into the subtlety, power, and majesty of Tolkien's tales and how he told them.

 
Meditations on Middle-Earth is a 2002 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Related Work.

About the Author

Karen Haber is the art book reviewer for Locus, and profiles artists for both Realms of Fantasy and Galaxyonline. She is co-editor, along with her husband, Robert Silverberg, of the Bantam/Spectra science fiction anthologies, Universe I and II.

John Howe is universally considered to be the foremost Tolkien illustrator (along with Alan Lee). He worked closely with director Peter Jackson on the art design for the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Beat Goes On

Karen Haber

Introduction

George R. R. Martin

Our Grandfather: Meditations on J. R. R. Tolkien

Raymond Feist

Awakening the Elves

Poul Anderson

A Changeling Returns

Michael Swanwick

If You Give a Girl a Hobbit

Esther M. Friesner

The Ring and I

Harry Turtledove

Cult Classic

Terry Pratchett

A Bar and a Quest

Robin Hobb

Rhythmic Pattern in The Lord of the Rings

Ursula K. Le Guin

The Longest Sunday

Diane Duane

Tolkien After All These Years

Douglas A. Anderson

How Tolkien Means

Orson Scott Card

The Tale Goes Ever On

Charles De Lint

The Mythmaker

Lisa Goldstein

"The Radical Distinction . . . "

A Conversation with Tim and Greg Hildebrandt

0Glenn Hurdling

On Tolkien and Fairy-Stories

Terry Windling

Author Biographies

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312302900
Subtitle:
New Writing on the Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien by Orson Scott Card, Ursula K. Le Guin, Raymond E. Feist, Terry Pratchett, Charles de Lint, George R. R. Martin, and more
Editor:
Haber, Karen
Editor:
Haber, Karen
Author:
Haber, Karen
Author:
Howe, John
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Publication Date:
20021011
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 24 bandw illustrations
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.14x6.04x.72 in. .66 lbs.

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