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Splintered light - Verlyn Flieger

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Title
Splintered light - logos and language in Tolkien's world
Author
Verlyn Flieger
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Kent State University Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20020630

J.R.R. Tolkien is perhaps best known for ""The Hobbit"" and ""The Lord of the Rings"", but it is in ""The Silmarillion"" that the true-depth of Tolkien's Middle-earth can be understood. ""The Silmarillion"" was written before, during and after ""The Hobbit"" and ""The Lord of the Rings"". A collection of stories, it provides information alluded to in Tolkien's better known works and, in doing so, turns ""The Lord of the Rings"" into much more than a sequel to ""The Hobbit"", making it instead a continuation of the mythology of Middle-earth. Verlyn Flieger's expanded and updated edition of ""Splintered Light"", a study of Tolkien's fiction first published in 1983, examines ""The Silmarillion"" and ""The Lord of the Rings"" in light of Owen Barfield's linguistic theory of the fragmentation of meaning. Flieger demonstrates Tolkien's use of Barfield's concept throughout his fiction, showing how his central image of primary light splintered and refracted acts as a metaphor for the languages, peoples and history of Middle-earth.

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Type
BOOK
Edition
2nd Edition
Keyword Index
Christianity and literature - England - History - 20th century.|Fantasy fiction, English - History and criticism.|Light and darkness in literature.|Middle Earth (Imaginary place)
Country of Publication
Ohio
Number of Pages
196

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