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Title The science of Middle-Earth : a new understanding of Tolkien and his world / illustrated by Arnaud Rafaelian ; edited by Roland Lehoucq, Loïc Mangin, and Jean-Sébastien Steyer ; translated by Tina Kover.

Edition First Pegasus Book cloth edition.
Publication Info. New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2021.
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 Naper Blvd. Adult Biography  823.912 TOL    AVAILABLE
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  823.912 TOL    DUE 02-11-22
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Description xxiii, 391 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents Tolkien, lord of the sciences -- Tolkien and the sciences: a relationship with many faces -- World-building -- An anchoring in space and time -- A complex environment -- Spectacular settings -- Remarkable characters -- A fantastical bestiary
Summary "hearts and imaginations around the world. From Oxford to ComiCon, the Middle Earth is analyzed and interpreted through a multitude of perspectives. But one essential facet of Tolkien and his Middle Earth has been overlooked: science. This great writer, creator of worlds and unforgettable character, and inventor of language was also a scientific autodidact, with an innate interest and grasp of botany, paleontologist and geologist, with additional passions for archeology and chemistry. Tolkien was an acute observer of flora and fauna and mined the minds of his scientific friends about ocean currents and volcanoes. It is these layers science that give his imaginary universe—and the creatures and characters that inhabit it—such concreteness. Within this gorgeously illustrated edition, a range of scientists—from astrophysicists to physicians, botanists to volcanologists—explore Tolkien’s novels, poems, and letters to reveal their fascinating scientific roots. A rewarding combination of literary exploration and scientific discovery, The Science of Middle Earth reveals the hidden meaning of the Ring’s corruption, why Hobbits have big feet, the origins of the Dwarves, the animals which inspired the dragons, and even whether or not an Ent is possible. Enhanced by superb original drawings, this transportive work will delight both Tolkien fans and science lovers and inspire us to view both Middle Earth—and our own world—with fresh eyes."--book jacket.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [373]-386)
Subject Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973. Lord of the rings -- Criticism and interpretation.
Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973.
Fantasy fiction, English -- History and criticism.
Middle Earth (Imaginary place)
Literature and science -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Science in literature.
Added Author Lehoucq, Roland, editor.
Mangin, Loïc, editor.
Steyer, Jean-Sébastien, editor.
Kover, Tina A., translator.
Added Title Tolkien et les sciences. English.
New understanding of Tolkien and his world
ISBN 9781643136165
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