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Mark Doyle, Utopian and Dystopian Themes in Tolkien's Legendarium

Lexington, 2020. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued).

Utopia and Dystopia in Tolkien's Legendarium explores how Tolkien's works speak to many modern people's utopian desires despite the overwhelming dominance of dystopian literature in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It also examines how Tolkien's malevolent societies in his legendarium have the unique ability to capture the fears and doubts that many people sense about the trajectory of modern society. Tolkien's works do this by creating utopian and dystopian longing while also rejecting the stilted conventions of most literary utopias and dystopias. Utopia and Dystopia in Tolkien's Legendarium traces these utopian and dystopian motifs through a variety of Tolkien's works including The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, Book of Lost Tales, Leaf by Niggle, and some of his early poetry. The book analyzes Tolkien's ideal and evil societies from a variety of angles: political and literary theory, the sources of Tolkien's narratives, the influence of environmentalism and Catholic social doctrine, Tolkien's theories about and use of myth, and finally the relationship between Tolkien's politics and his theories of leadership. The book's epilogue looks at Tolkien's works compared to popular culture adaptations of his legendarium.

John Bowers, Tolkien's Lost Chaucer (11/1)

OUP, 2019. Hardback. Illustrated.

Tolkien's Lost Chaucer uncovers the story of an unpublished and previously unknown book by the author of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien worked between 1922 and 1928 on his Clarendon edition Selections from Chaucer's Poetryand Prose, and though never completed, its 160 pages of commentary reveals much of his thinking about language and storytelling when he was still at the threshold of his career as an epoch-making writer of fantasy literature. Drawing upon other new materials such as his edition of the Reeve's Tale and his Oxford lectures on the Pardoner's Tale, this book reveals Chaucer as a major influence upon Tolkien's literary imagination.*

Defrom Real Balrog (10/1)

 

The Deform Real series, from Star Ace, ventures into The Adventures of Middle-earth. The Balrog dwells beneath the earth, one of Sauron's evil servants from a forgotten age. In The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, the wizard Gandalf faces the Balrog to protect the fellowship from certain doom. The Deform Real Balrog stands just about 6 inches/16 cm tall and features a stylized sculpt with an oversized head.*

Defrom Real Balrog - deluxe version

 

The Deform Real series, from Star Ace, ventures into The Adventures of Middle-earth. The Balrog dwells beneath the earth, one of Sauron's evil servants from a forgotten age. In The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, the wizard Gandalf faces the Balrog to protect the fellowship from certain doom. The Deform Real Balrog stands just about 6 inches/16 cm tall and features a stylized sculpt with an oversized head.

The Deluxe version of the Balrog features a diorama display base and a miniature Gandalf.*

Funko Gandalf on Gwaihir

 

6"/15 cm high. In a gift box.*

Gollum Return of the King button (17/12)

Oblong button, released in 2003, to promote the upcoming release of The Return of the King on DVD and VHS.*