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  • Published: 15 August 2003
  • ISBN: 9780345458551
  • Imprint: Bantam US
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $26.99

Tales Before Tolkien

The Root


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The renewed popularity of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings has resulted in new interest in fantasy in general and certainly with Tolkien
himself. This anthology, edited by Tolkien scholar Douglas A. Anderson, brings together 22 classic fantasy tales that influenced Tolkien's
own writing. Anderson has researched Tolkien's papers to find what stories he read and enjoyed before he began writing his own. A must-
read for any Tolkien fan and readers of fantasy in general.
The contents will include such stories as:
"The Golden Key," George Macdonald
"Chu-bu and Sheemish" by Lord Dunsany
"The Folk of the Mountain Door" by William Morris
"The Woman of the Wood" by A. Merritt
"The Enchanted Buffalo" by L. Frank Baum
A never-before-published piece by David Lindsay, author of the classic novel A Voyage to Arcturus
And many more, all with notes explaining their significance in Tolkien's early reading.

  • Pub date: 15 August 2003
  • ISBN: 9780345458551
  • Imprint: Bantam US
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $26.99

About the Author

Douglas A. Anderson

Douglas A. Anderson, a leading American Tolkien scholar, is acknowledged as the worldwide expert on the textual history of The Hobbit. He has contributed the text notes for all Houghton Mifflin Tolkien editions for more than a decade. A bookseller for many years, first in Ithaca, New York, and northwest Indiana, he now lives in southwestern Michigan.


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