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J. R. R. Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers
The company of the Ring is sundered. Frodo and Sam continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin-alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of The Ring
In a sleepy village in the Shire, a young Hobbit is entrusted with an immune task. He must make a perilous journey across Middle-Earth to the crack of doom, there to destroy the ruling Ring of Power---the only thing that prevents the Dark Lord's evil dominion..

J. R. R. Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King
The armies of the Dark Lord are massing as his evil shadow spreads even wider. Men, Dwarves, Elves and Ents unite forces to do battle against the Dark. Meanwhile, Sam and Frodo struggle further into Mordor in their heroic quest to destroy the One Ring.

Christopher Tolken - J. R. R. Tolkien - The Shaping of Middle-earth
THE HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH Poems and prose, maps and chronologies, detours and diversions along the road to Middle-earth . . . Christopher Tolkien has gathered archival materials that his late father, J. R. R. Tolkien, used to create the world and the history behind his classic stories. THE EVOLUTION OF A WORLD This fourth volume of The History of Middle-earth presents early versions of those first tales, from the creation myth to the fall of Morgoth. Writings include a chronology of the events in Beleriand, the first Silmarillion map, and the only known description of the physical nature of Middle-earth's universe. Detailed annotations highlight changes ranging from the spelling of Elvish names to pivotal emendations whose effects reach even to the war of the ring. The Shaping of Middle-earth presents a solid framework by which to trace the development of the early lore of Middle-earth. It is a truly indispensable reference work for those familiar with the history of that endlessly beloved land--and fascinating reading for those just entering that world.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The Two Towers
The Two Towers is the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's high fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings. It is preceded by The Fellowship of the Ring and followed by The Return of the King.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The Return of the King
The Return of the King is the third and final volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, following The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. The story begins in the kingdom of Gondor, which is soon to be attacked by the Dark Lord Sauron.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The ​Lord of the Rings
J ​R. R. Tolkien THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING In a sleepy village in the Shire a young hobbit is entrusted with an immense task. He must make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ruling Ring of Power - the only thing that prevents the Dark Lord's evil...

J. R. R. Tolkien - A ​Secret Vice
J.R.R. ​Tolkien’s linguistic invention was a fundamental part of his artistic output, to the extent that later on in life he attributed the existence of his mythology to the desire to give his languages a home and peoples to speak them. As Tolkien puts it in ‘A Secret Vice’, ‘the making of language and mythology are related functions’’. In the 1930s, Tolkien composed and delivered two lectures, in which he explored these two key elements of his sub-creative methodology. The second of these, the seminal Andrew Lang Lecture for 1938–9, ‘On Fairy-Stories’, which he delivered at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, is well known. But many years before, in 1931, Tolkien gave a talk to a literary society entitled ‘A Hobby for the Home’, where he unveiled for the first time to a listening public the art that he had both himself encountered and been involved with since his earliest childhood: ‘the construction of imaginary languages in full or outline for amusement’. This talk would be edited by Christopher Tolkien for inclusion as ‘A Secret Vice’ in The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays and serves as the principal exposition of Tolkien’s art of inventing languages. This new critical edition, which includes previously unpublished notes and drafts by Tolkien connected with the essay, including his ‘Essay on Phonetic Symbolism’, goes some way towards re-opening the debate on the importance of linguistic invention in Tolkien’s mythology and the role of imaginary languages in fantasy literature.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The ​Hobbit / The Lord of the Rings
Hobbits ​and wizards and Sauron--oh, my! Mild-mannered Oxford scholar John Ronald Reuel Tolkien had little inkling when he published _The Hobbit; Or, There and Back Again_ in 1937 that, once hobbits were unleashed upon the world, there would be no turning back. Hobbits are, of course, small, furry creatures who love nothing better than a leisurely life quite free from adventure. But in that first novel and the _Lord of the Rings_ trilogy, the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo and their elfish friends get swept up into a mighty conflict with the dragon Smaug, the dark lord Sauron (who owes much to proud Satan in _Paradise Lost_), the monstrous Gollum, the Cracks of Doom, and the awful power of the magical Ring. The four books' characters--good and evil--are recognizably human, and the realism is deepened by the magnificent detail of the vast parallel world Tolkien devised, inspired partly by his influential Anglo-Saxon scholarship and his Christian beliefs. (He disapproved of the relative sparseness of detail in the comparable allegorical fantasy his friend C.S. Lewis dreamed up in _The Chronicles of Narnia_, though he knew Lewis had spun a page-turning yarn.) It has been estimated that one-tenth of all paperbacks sold can trace their ancestry to J.R.R. Tolkien. But even if we had never gotten Robert Jordan's _The Path of Daggers_ and the whole fantasy genre Tolkien inadvertently created by bringing the hobbits so richly to life, Tolkien's epic about the Ring would have left our world enhanced by enchantment.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The ​Tolkien Reader
Stories, ​poems, and commentaries by the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings FARMER GILES OF HAM An imaginative history of the distant and marvelous past that introduces the rather unheroic Farmer Giles, whose efforts to capture a somewhat untrustworthy dragon will delight readers everywhere. THE ADVENTURES OF TOM BOMBADIL A collection of verse in praise of Tom Bombadil, that staunch friend of the Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings. TREE AND LEAF Contains “On Fairy-stories,” Professor Tolkien’s now-famous essay on the form of the fairy story and the treatment of fantasy. . . . and other dazzling works, including an introduction by Peter S. Beagle

J. R. R. Tolkien - A ​woottoni kovácsmester
Valamikor ​régen - vagy nem is olyan régen - volt egyszer egy falu. Nagy-Woottonnak hívták, hisz kétségtelenül nagyobb volt, mint a néhány mérföldnyire fekvő Kis-Wootton. Hogy különleges falu lett volna? Talán nem. Mégis, az biztos, hogy réges-régóta élt itt egy szokás, mely megkülönböztette az összes többi falutól a kerek világon. Huszonnégy évente ugyanis itt tartották meg a Jó Gyerekek Lakomáját, ahol a Szakács felszolgálta a Nagy Tortát. Gyönyörű torta volt az, cukormázzal bevont, édes és hatalmas; nem is csoda hát, hogy a gyerekeknek, még sokáig összecsordult a nyál a szájukban, ha visszagondoltak rá. Ám történt egyszer, hogy a Nagy Torta ősi receptjét egy botcsinálta Szakács új összetevővel egészítette ki: egy tündércsillaggal. Nem tudta, hogy az a gyermek, aki lenyeli a csillagot, megkapja a tündérek nyughatatlan vándorlelkét csakúgy, mint a jogot, hogy beléphessen Tündérországba. Évek teltek el, s a hajdani kisfiúból lett kovácsmester - kinek különös csillag díszíti a homlokát - most útra kél, hogy megkeresse a mesék tündéreit.

J. R. R. Tolkien - König ​Arthurs Untergang
Tolkien, ​der wichtigste Fantasyautor der Neuzeit, wendet sich einem der größten Sagenstoffe aller Zeiten zu: der Sage von König Arthur.

J. R. R. Tolkien - Unfinished ​Tales
Further ​expand The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings This collection ranges from the time of The Silmarillion to the end of the War of the Ring in The Lord of the Rings. Its many treasures include Gandalf's lively account of how he came to send the Dwarves to the celebrated party at Bag-End, the emergence of the sea-god Ulmo before Tuor, the only story of Númenor before its fall, and all that is known of the Five Wizards. The collection has been edited by Christopher Tolkien, who provides a commentary placing each of the Tales in the context of his father's work.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The ​Story of Kullervo
The ​world first publication of a previously unknown work of fantasy by J.R.R. Tolkien, which tells the powerful story of a doomed young man who is sold into slavery and who swears revenge on the magician who killed his father. Kullervo son of Kalervo is perhaps the darkest and most tragic of all J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters. ‘Hapless Kullervo’, as Tolkien called him, is a luckless orphan boy with supernatural powers and a tragic destiny. Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and who tries three times to kill him when still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanona, and guarded by the magical powers of the black dog, Musti. When Kullervo is sold into slavery he swears revenge on the magician, but he will learn that even at the point of vengeance there is no escape from the cruellest of fates. Tolkien wrote that The Story of Kullervo was ‘the germ of my attempt to write legends of my own’, and was ‘a major matter in the legends of the First Age’; his Kullervo was the ancestor of Túrin Turambar, tragic incestuous hero of The Silmarillion. In addition to being a powerful story in its own right, The Story of Kullervo – published here for the first time with the author’s drafts, notes and lecture-essays on its source-work, The Kalevala, is a foundation stone in the structure of Tolkien’s invented world.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The ​Silmarillion
Tolkiens's ​epic legendary precursor to The Lord of The Rings The Silmarilli were three perfect jewels, fashioned by Fëanor, most gifted of the Elves. When the first Dark Lord, Morgoth, stole the jewels for his own ends; Fëanor and his kindred took up arms and waged a long and terrible war to recover them. This is the story of their rebellion against the gods and the history of the heroic First Age of Middle-earth.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The ​Lays of Beleriand
This, ​the third volume of _The History of Middle-earth_, gives us a privileged insight into the creation of the mythology of Middle-earth, through the alliterative verse tales of two of the most crucial stories in Tolkien's world - those of Thúrin and Lúthien. The first of the poems is the unpublished _Lay of the Children of Húrin_, narrating on a grand scale the tragedy of Túrin Turambar. The second is the moving _Lay of Leithian_, the chief source of the tale of Beren and Lúthien in _The Silmarillion_, telling the Quest of the Silmaril and the encounter of Morgoth in his subterranean fortress. Accompanying the poems are commentaries on the evolution of the history of the Elder Days. Also included is the notable criticism of _The Lay of Leithian_ by CS Lewis, who read the poem in 1929.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The ​War of the Jewels
In _The ​War of the Jewels_ Christopher Tolkien takes up his account of the later history of _The Silmarillion_ from the point where it was left in _Morgoth's Ring_. The story now returns to Middle-earth, and the ruinous conflict of the High Elves and the Men who were their allies with the power of the Dark Lord. With the publication of this book all J.R.R.Tolkien's later narrative writing concerned with the last centuries of the First Age, the long history of _The Silmarillion_, from its beginning in _The Book of Lost Tales_, is completed; and the enigmatic state of the work at his death can be understood. The book contains the full text of the _Grey Annals_, the primary record of _The War of the Jewels_, and a major story of Middle-earth now published for the first time: the tale of the disaster that overtook the forest people of Brethil when Hurin the Steadfast came among them after his release from long years of captivity in Angband, the fortress of Morgoth.

J. R. R. Tolkien - Beren ​és Lúthien
A _Beren ​és Lúthien_ Tolkien legszemélyesebb története, melyet felesége iránt érzett szerelme ihletett. Talán éppen ezért nem adatta ki élete végéig. Most, 100 évvel a mű születése után, végre nyomtatásban olvashatjuk fiának, Christophernek köszönhetően. Az ember és a tünde közötti szerelem történetén túl azt is megismerjük, hogyan változott Beren és Lúthien legendája Tolkien élete folyamán. Egy része már megjelent _A szilmarilok_-ban, de megírta próza, elbeszélő költemény, vázlat formájában is. Egy kötetben összegyűjtve viszont most találkozhatunk először a történettel, amit Edith Tolkien tánca ihletett a yorkshire-i erdőben, és amely életük végéig elkísérte őt és férjét. A legenda szerint Berennek egy szilmarilt kell szereznie Morgoth, a gonosz szellem vaskoronájából Thingol királynak, a lánya kezéért cserébe. Lúthien pedig követi szerelmét, és segítségére siet a küldetés végrehajtásában. De Beren ember, Lúthien pedig tünde, így választania kell: halhatatlan marad és túléli a férfit, vagy emberré lesz, és meghal vele együtt.

J. R. R. Tolkien - A ​homály visszatér - A Gyűrűk Ura históriája I.
Középfölde ​Históriája VI. kötet.

J. R. R. Tolkien - Der ​kleine Hobbit
Bilbo ​Beutlin, ein angesehener Hobbit, lässt sich ein Abenteuer verwickeln, das Hobbitvorstellungen bei Weitem übersteigt. Nicht nur, dass er sich auf eine Reise von Jahresdauer begibt, er lässt sich sogar vom Zwergenkönig Thorin Eichenschild und seinen Genossen als Meisterdieb unter Vertrag nehmen und verpflichtet sich, den Zwergen bei der Rückgewinnung ihres geraubten Schatzes zu helfen...

J. R. R. Tolkien - The ​Lost Road and Other Writings
J. ​R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis were friends and fellow members of the literary circle known as The Inklings. It is hardly surprising that, at one point, these talented gentlemen embarked on a challenge: Lewis was to write on "space-travel" and Tolkien on "time-travel." Lewis's novel _Out of the Silent Planet_ became the first book of a science fiction trilogy. Tolkien's unfinished story "The Lost Road" chronicles the original destruction of Númenor, a pivotal event of the Second Age of Middle-earth. In this fifth volume of _The History of Middle-earth_, Christopher Tolkien brings Middle-earth to its state at the writing of _The Lord of the Rings_. Entertaining and informative, THE LOST ROAD AND OTHER WRITINGS offers fresh insights into the evolution of one of the world's most enduring fantasies.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The ​Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays
Complete ​collection of Tolkien's essays, including two on Beowulf, which span three decades beginning six years before The Hobbit to five years after The Lord of the Rings. The seven 'essays' by J.R.R. Tolkien assembled in this new paperback edition were with one exception delivered as general lectures on particular occasions; and while they mostly arose out of Tolkien's work in medieval literature, they are accessible to all. Two of them are concerned with Beowulf, including the well-known lecture whose title is taken for this book, and one with Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, given in the University of Glasgow in 1953. Also included in this volume is the lecture English and Welsh; the Valedictory Address to the University of Oxford in 1959; and a paper on Invented Languages delivered in 1931, with exemplification from poems in the Elvish tongues. Most famous of all is On Fairy-Stories, a discussion of the nature of fairy-tales and fantasy, which gives insight into Tolkien's approach to the whole genre. The pieces in this collection cover a period of nearly thirty years, beginning six years before the publication of The Hobbit, with a unique 'academic' lecture on his invention (calling it A Secret Vice) and concluding with his farewell to professorship, five years after the publication of The Lord of the Rings

J. R. R. Tolkien - Szörnyek ​és ítészek
J. ​R. R. Tolkien tudományos igényű írásai legtöbbször csak a kutatók érdeklődésére tartanak számot, ez a kötet mégis minden magyar Tolkien-olvasó számára érdekes olvasmány lehet. Ezeket az írásokat ugyanis Tolkien nem kimondottan a szakmai közönségnek, inkább előadásnak szánta, épp ezért kitűnő keresztmetszetét adják szakmai érdeklődésének és tudományos munkájának. A Beowulfról, az óangol költészetről, a Sir Gawain és a Zöld Lovagról a magyar közönség Tolkient olvasva az egyik legjobb kommentátorral találkozhat ebben a kötetben; fejtegetései a tündérmesékről, a valós és fiktív nyelvekről, a fordításról vagy az oxfordi egyetemről kiválóan mutatják műveltségét, kultúrtörténeti és irodalmi gondolkodásának széles horizontját. Tolkien egyik legfontosabb „háttér-kötete" ez, amelyben külön talán kevés szó esik az általa teremtett Középföldéról, mégis az irodalomról, kultúráról, nyelvről szóló érzékeny elemzések mögött bepillantást nyerhetünk Tolkien írói hátterébe, abba a kamrába vagy könyvtárba, ahonnan az ő Középföldéje előbukkant.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The ​Return of the Shadow
_The ​Return of the Shadow_ is the story of the first part of the history of the creation of _The Lord of the Rings_, a fascinating study of Tolkien’s great masterpiece, from its inception to the end of the first volume, _The Fellowship of the Ring_. In _The Return of the Shadow_ (the abandoned title of the first volume of _The Lord of the Rings) we see how Bilbo’s magic ring evolved into the supremely dangerous Ruling Ring of the Dark Lord; and the precise, and astonishingly unforeseen, moment when a Black Rider first rode in to the Shire. The character of the hobbit called Trotter (afterwards Strider or Aragorn) is developed, though his true identity seems to be an insouluble problem. Frodo’s companions undergo many changes of name and personality; and other major figures appear in unfamiliar guises: a sinister Treebeard, in league with the enemy, and a feocious, malevolent Farmer Maggot. The book comes complete with reproductions of the first maps and facsimile pages from the earliest manuscripts.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The ​Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún
Many ​years ago, J.R.R. Tolkien composed his own version of the great legend of Northern antiquity, recounted here in The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún. In the Lay of the Völsungs is told the ancestry of the great hero Sigurd, the slayer of Fáfnir, most celebrated of dragons; of his awakening of the Valkyrie Brynhild, who slept surrounded by a wall of fire, and of their betrothal; and of his coming to the court of the great princes who were named the Niflungs (or Nibelungs), with whom he entered into blood-brotherhood. In scenes of dramatic intensity, of confusion of identity, thwarted passion, jealousy, and bitter strife, the tragedy of Sigurd and Brynhild, of Gunnar the Niflung and Gudrún his sister, mounts to its end in the murder of Sigurd, the suicide of Brynhild, and the despair of Gudrún. The Lay of Gudrún recounts her fate after the death of Sigurd, her marriage against her will to the mighty Atli, ruler of the Huns (the Attila of history), his murder of her brothers, and her hideous revenge.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The ​Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien
A ​comprehensive collection of letters spanning the adult life (1914-1973) of one of the world’s most famous storytellers. ‘It is not possible even at great length to "pot" The Lord of the Rings in a paragraph or two. It was begun in 1936, and every part has been written many times… the labour has been colossal; and it must stand or fall, practically as it is.’ J.R.R. Tolkien was one of the most prolific letter writers of this century. Over the years he wrote to his publishers, his family, to friends (including C.S. Lewis, W.H. Auden and Naomi Mitchison) and to fans of his books. The letters present a fascinating and highly detailed portrait of the man in many of his aspects: as storyteller, scholar, Catholic, parent and observer of the world around him. They also shed much light on his creative genius and grand design for the creation of a whole new world – Middle-earth. This collection will appeal not only to the legions of Tolkien fans, but will entertain anyone who appreciates the art of letter-writing, of which Tolkien was a master. ‘I am nearly always written to as Tolkien (not by you): I do not know why, since it is pronounced by me always - keen.’

J. R. R. Tolkien - Elveszett ​mesék könyve I.
J.R.R. ​Tolkien nem csupán regényíró volt. Tudományos munkássága mellett élete fő műve egy több mint 50 éven keresztül folyamatosan bővített és javított saját mitológiai rendszer, amelyet átfontak az általa kidolgozott mesterséges nyelvek. E páratlan mítosz-ciklus legismertebb darabjai _A Gyűrűk Ura_ és _A hobbit_, illetve a posztumusz szerkesztett, _A szilmarilok_ című gyűjtemény – amely azonban sajnos nem teljes, és nem tükrözi azt, ahogy a Professzor elképzelte a művet. Tolkien halála után fia és hagyatékának gondozója, Christopher Tolkien hozzáférhetővé kívánta tenni a mitológiai ciklus eddig nem publikált részleteit is. A több ezer oldalnyi kéziratot a keletkezés sorrendjében, a lehetőségekhez képest letisztázva, de hiányosságaikat nem titkolva adta közre, sok-sok értelmező jegyzettel. Ez alkotja a _Középfölde Históriája_ című 12 kötetes sorozatot, amelyben Középfölde mítoszainak eleddig rejtett mélységei, soha nem látott kincsei tárulnak az olvasó elé. Az Elveszett Mesék Könyve I. része A szilmarilok mitológiaciklus legelső elbeszélésének bevezető történeteit tartalmazza. Kibontakozik a mitológiarendszer kiindulópontja, és nyomon követhetők páratlan fejlődésének kezdő lépései: a világ teremtése, a valák cselekedetei, a tündék ébredése, legnagyobb alkotásaik születése és Melko pusztító lázadása – ahogy azt maguk a tündék Eriolnak, a nyugati óceánon átkelő ember-hajósnak elmesélték.

J. R. R. Tolkien - Le ​Silmarillion
Les ​contes du Silmarillion furent l'inspiration sous-jacente et la source de l'imaginaire littéraire de J.R.R. Tolkien : il travailla à ce livre pendant toute sa vie, sans parvenir à lui donner une forme définitive. Précédant de beaucoup Le Seigneur des Anneaux, c'est l'histoire du Premier Age du monde de Tolkien, le drame antique qu'évoquent les personnages du Seigneur des Anneaux et auquel certains d'entre eux prennent part. Le titre, Silmarillion, dérive de Quenta Silmarillion, " L'Histoire des Silmarils ", les trois grands joyaux créés par Fëanor, qui doit aux Elfes la plupart de ses dons, où il emprisonna la lumière des Deux Arbres qui éclairaient Valinor, la terre des Dieux. Quand Morgoth, le premier Seigneur Noir, détruisit les Arbres, cette lumière ne survécut que chez les Silmarils : et Morgoth s'en empara et les plaça sur sa couronne, conservée, dans sa forteresse impénétrable d'Angband, au nord du Milieu-de-la-Terre. Le Silmarillion est l'histoire de la rébellion de Feanor et de son peuple contre les Dieux, leur exil dans la Terre-du-Milieu et leur guerre sans espoir contre le grand Ennemi, en dépit de l'héroïsme des Elfes et des Hommes.

J. R. R. Tolkien - Sauron ​Defeated
In ​the first part of _Sauron Defeated_, Christopher Tolkien completes his account of the writing of _The Lord of the Rings_, beginning with Sam's rescue of Frodo from the Tower of Kirith Ungol, and giving a very different account of the Scouring of the Shire. This part ends with versions of the previously unpublished _Epilogue_, an alternate ending to the masterpiece in which Sam attempts to answer his children's questions years after the departure of Bilbo and Frodo from the Grey Havens. The second part introduces _The Notion Club Papers_, now published for the first time. These mysterious papers, discovered in the early years of the twenty-first century, report the discussions of a literary club in Oxford in the years 1986-1987. Those familiar with the Inklings will see a parallel with the group whose members included J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. After a discussion of the possiblities of travel through space and time through the medium of 'true dream," the story turns to the legend of Atlantis, the strange communications received by members of the club out of remote past, and the violent irruption of the legend into northwestern Europe. Closely associated with the _Papers_ is a new version of the Numenorean legend, _The Drowning of Anadune_, which constitutes the third part of the book. At this time the language of the Men of the West, Adunaic, was first devised - Tolkien's fifteenth invented language. The book concludes with an elaborate account of the structure of this language by Arundel Lowdham, a member of the Notion Club, who learned it in his dreams.

J. R. R. Tolkien - Beren ​and Lúthien
Painstakingly ​restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of Beren and Lúthien will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, Dwarves and Orcs and the rich landscape and creatures unique to Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

J. R. R. Tolkien - Beowulf
Egy ​legendás történet sárkánnyal, gyűrűkkel - _A Gyűrűk Ura_ első szívdobbanása? A dán király boldogan uralkodik harcias népén, mígnem egyszer csak kezdenek eltünedezni a sörivó nagy csarnokból a harcosok. Nemsokára már senki sem mer ott éjszakázni. Ekkor érkezik svéd földről Beowulf, hogy megküzdjön a szörnnyel, aki a dánokat irtja. És miután sikerrel jár, visszatér ősei földjére, és belőle is nagy király lesz. J. R. R. Tolkien mítoszteremtő, nagy író volt - és nagy tudós. Nyelvészként kezdte pályafutását, és ebből nőtt ki érdeklődése az óangol irodalmi emlékek iránt. Ő azonban nem egyszerűen nyelvemlékeknek tekintette ezeket a szövegeket, hanem izgalmas irodalmi műveknek. Leghíresebb közülük _Beowulf_, az óangol eposz, melyben a rettenthetetlen hős mellett - először az angol irodalomban - szerepel sárkány, sőt vannak gyűrűk és tündék is, mint aztán _A Gyűrűk Urá_-ban... Tolkien nemcsak prózai fordítást készített a műből, hanem megírta, mint mesét, sőt énekmondóként meg is verselte. A könyvet bőséges magyarázó anyag teszi még érdekesebbé: ezt Tolkien egyetemi előadásaiból állította össze fia, a hagyaték gondos kezelője, Christopher. A _Beowulf_ hatalmas karriert futott be: készült belőle film Angelina Jolie-val, és számítógépes játék is. Most végre olvashatjuk, és egy híres tudós vezetésével alaposan tanulmányozhatjuk is.

J. R. R. Tolkien - Középfölde ​formálása
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