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Ents, Elves and Eriador

The Environmental Vision of J. R. R. Tolkien

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Ents, Elves and Eriador by Matthew Dickerson
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Though not often recognized as environmental or agrarian literature, the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien demonstrate a complex and comprehensive ecological philosophy. The ecology of Middle-earth portrayed in ""The Hobbit"", ""The Lord of the Rings"", and ""The Silmarillion"" brings together three potent and convincing elements of preservation and conservation - sustainable agriculture and agrarianism, horticulture independent of utilitarianism, and protection of unspoiled wilderness. Throughout his work, Tolkien reveals his vision of the natural world and environmental responsibility. ""Ents, Elves, and Eriador"" examines the underlying environmental philosophy in Tolkien's major works as well as his lesser-known stories and essays. Matthew Dickerson and Jonathan Evans evaluate Tolkien's writing, especially his Middle-earth legendarium, in the context of modern environmental literature. The authors compare Tolkien's work with that of some of the most important environmental scholars and nature writers of the past century, including Wendell Berry, John Elder, Aldo Leopold, and Scott Sanders, highlighting Tolkien's intellectual depth. A vital contribution to environmental literature and an important addition to Tolkien scholarship, ""Ents, Elves, and Eriador"" offers all fans of Tolkien a new way to understand his writings.

Author Biography

Jonathan Evans, associate professor of English and director of the medieval studies program at the University of Georgia, is a member of the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program faculty. His essays on J. R. R. Tolkien have been published in J. R. R. Tolkien and his Literary Resonances, Tolkien the Medievalist, and The J. R. R. Tolkien Encyclopedia. Matthew Dickerson, professor and member of the environmental studies program at Middlebury College, is the author of several books, including Following Gandalf: Epic Battles and Moral Victory in the Lord of the Rings and From Homer to Harry Potter: A Handbook on Myth and Fantasy.
Release date NZ
November 15th, 2006
Contributors
Afterword by T.A. Shippey Foreword by John C. Elder
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
black & white illustrations
Imprint
The University Press of Kentucky
Pages
344
Dimensions
152x229x23
ISBN-13
9780813124186
Product ID
1984084

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