Untangling Tolkien: A Chronological Reference to the Lord of the Rings

Untangling Tolkien: A Chronological Reference to the Lord of the Rings

by Michael W Perry


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Here is the book that Tolkien fans have needed for half a century--a detailed, book-length chronology of J. R. R. Tolkien's complex tale. Whether you are a serious Tolkien fan or simply someone who enjoys reading the story over and over again, this is the book for you. It's the first totally new reference for The Lord of the Rings since the 1970s.

Beginning over 1400 years before the major events in Tolkien's epic, it describes, year-by-year, the amazing and imaginative background history that Tolkien created for his masterpiece. Then for the main narrative, it becomes a day-by-day reference, describing what each character does on that day and all the places where those events are described in Tolkien's writings. You can find out, for instance, what Merry and Pippin are doing as Sam perpares rabbit stew on the morning of March 7.

Probe deeper into Tolkien. See why someone as serious as Gandalf was interested in fun-loving Hobbits. Discover an exciting new plot, based on Tolkien's notes, that begins when Aragorn captures Gollum. Follow along as the Black Riders and Gandalf race for the Shire. Decide for yourself whether Sauron and the Ring have any ties to Hitler and Stalin. Explore what Tolkien believed about nature and technology.

A few facts illustrate how helpful this chronology is. Most of narrative is a deliberately confusing sea of next days and third days that leave readers as confused as the tale's main characters.The middle 60 percent of The Lord of the Rings gives the current date only once. In the narrative as a whole, the date is given only 23 times, or once for every 43 pages, and most of those come when the plot is moving slowly. That's why those who want to dig deeper and understand better what Tolkien was saying will find this book a must-have.

It also includes this commentary:
"Tolkien's Heroes"
"More about the Inklings"
"Blending the Northern with the Mediterranean"
"Phases of the Moon"
"Tolkien's Natural World"
"The Significance of the Ring"
"Tolkien and Lewis"
"No Generation Gap"
"The Testing of Hobbits"
"A Different Tale"
"A Duty to Disobey"
"The Humanity of Ancient People"
"Tolkien, War and Cynicism"
"Tolkien and Technology"
"Gondor's Pony Express"
"More than Chance"
"Tolkien's Writing Interrupted"
"Tolkien's Chronology in Shelob's Lair"
"Freedom or Slavery"
"The Ring and Totalitarianism"
"Different Reactions to Sauron"
"Tolkien and 'Lunatic' Aryan Myths"
"Black and White in Tolkien"
"Never Absent and Never Named"
"Tolkien's Outline of the Book"
"A Quick Reference to Important Dates"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587420191
Publisher: Inkling Books
Publication date: 03/27/2003
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

1. Dating and Chronology--includes a universal Shire Calendar.
2. A Brief Background--From before the Creation to the Watchful Peace.
3. Growing Conflict--From 860 to 1340.
4. A Chance Encounter--From 1341 to 1355.
5. A Time of Preparation--From 1356 to 1416.
6. Searching for the Shire--From 1417 to Late August 1418.
7. Hiking to Crickhollow--From Early September to September 25, 1418.
8. Flight to Bree--From September 26 to 29, 1418.
9. Journey to Rivendell--From September 30 to October 20, 1418.
10. Rivendell to Lorien--From October 21, 1418 to February 14, 1419.
11. Lorien to Parting--From February 15 to February 26, 1419.
12. Captivity and Pursuit--From February 27 to March 1, 1419.
13. War with Saruman--From March 2 to 5, 1419
14. Preparing for War--From March 6 to 9, 1419.
15. Darkness and War--From March 10 to 15, 1419.
16. Marching Against Sauron--From March 16 to April 6, 1419.
17. Peace Returns--From April 7 to August 22, 1419.
18. Returning Home--From August 23, 1419 to Late 1419.
19. Rebuilding and Departing--From 1420 to 1541. 20. Tolkien's Great Puzzle--Understanding Tolkien's writing.

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