Wednesday, April 6, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday - April 6

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a meme to spotlight upcoming books that have yet to be published, hosted over at Breaking the Spine. It's fun, if sometimes a challenge to remember which books you're hoping to get your hands on the day they come out.

This is one I'm definitely waiting for, though it's probably in something of a different direction from most choices:
Green Suns And Faerie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien
by Verlyn Flieger
Release Date: July 7th 2011 (according to the website)

The product description:
A major contribution to the growing body of Tolkien scholarship
With the release of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and forthcoming film version of The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien's popularity has never been higher. In Green Suns and Faërie, author Verlyn Flieger, one of world's foremost Tolkien scholars, presents a selection of her best articles--some never before published--on a range of Tolkien topics.
The essays are divided into three distinct sections. The first explores Tolkien's ideas of sub-creation--the making of a Secondary World and its relation to the real world, the second looks at Tolkien's reconfiguration of the medieval story tradition, and the third places his work firmly within the context of the twentieth century and "modernist" literature. With discussions ranging from Tolkien's concepts of the hero to the much-misunderstood nature of Bilbo's last riddle in The Hobbit, Flieger reveals Tolkien as a man of both medieval learning and modern sensibility--one who is deeply engaged with the past and future, the regrets and hopes, the triumphs and tragedies, and above all the profound difficulties and dilemmas of his troubled century.
Taken in their entirety, these essays track a major scholar's deepening understanding of the work of the master of fantasy. Green Suns and Faërie is sure to become a cornerstone of Tolkien scholarship. 
 I've really enjoyed reading her other books on Tolkien and Middle-Earth, namely A Question of Time: J.R.R. Tolkien's Road To Faerie and Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien's World. Given that, I'm sure that this is going to be another book I'll enjoy. A lot of those topics look to be really interesting, and Verlyn Flieger is noted for her scholarship in the field of Tolkien studies.


Jules said...

Interesting pick. I would quite like to read this myself.

Elena said...

Have you read any of Verlyn Flieger's other books, Jules?

I've heard good things about this book on some of the Tolkien forums I frequent too.

Glad to see I'm not the only one looking forward to Green Suns and Faerie. Thanks for commenting.

Alison Can Read said...

I'm horrible...I haven't finished the LOTR series. I really should.
My Twilight WOW

Elena said...

It's a great series of books, Alison. Maybe it's time to give them another try?

Thanks for commenting.

Alyce said...

Sounds great for Tolkien fans! Someday I will read at least one of his books. I'm just waiting for the mood to strike me. (I attempted LOTR once and didn't get very far. Maybe I'll try The Hobbit next time.)

Elena said...

Alyce, someday you should give him another try. There's not just The Hobbit as a good starting point, but also Farmer Giles of Ham and Smith of Wootton Major.

Thanks for commenting.

J.G. said...

" . . . noted for her scholarship in the field of Tolkein studies." Wow. Is it too late to go back to grad school, so I can have that description after my name? I so wish.

This sounds like a must read!

Elena said...

J.G., I'd love to have the same thing.

Yes, all her books fit that description. Thanks for commenting.


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