Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien

Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien - Culture of the Land

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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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780813129860
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky
Pub date:
DEWEY: 823.912
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 548g
Height: 229mm
Width: 155mm
Spine width: 21mm