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A Tolkienian Mathomium is the first volume in a collection of analytic articles on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, written by Tolkien scholar and Comparative Translationist Mark T. Hooker, most famous, perhaps, for his application of Comparative Translation to the study of Tolkien in his book Tolkien Through Russian Eyes.

Amazon.com says: "It is one of most unique set of essays on Tolkien I have read in the past 10 years. Some are about language and others about literature references. The book is attractive because each chapter is a unique essay. You don't need to commit yourself to a book-length essay. A second positive aspect is that the essays are written during the post-HOME (History of Middle Earth) era."

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The Hobbitonian Anthology is the second volume in a collection of analytic articles on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, by Tolkien scholar and Comparative Translationist Mark T. Hooker.

An early review by The Lord of the Rings Fanatics Plaza of the analysis of the origin of the name Tom Bombadil appearing in The Hobbitonian Anthology ranks it as “the best explanation yet of how the name Tom Bombadil came into being.”

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Invited to enter the 2013 Competition for the Literature Wales Book of the Year Award.

Literature Wales Best Book of the Year Award

“I find the Welsh language specially attractive.”
 — J.R.R. Tolkien (L.218)

Tolkien and Welsh provides an overview of J.R.R.T.’s use of Welsh in his Legendarium, ranging from the obvious (Gwynfa—the Welsh word for Paradise), to the apparent (Took—a Welsh surname), to the veiled (Gerontius—the Latinizaton of a royal Welsh name), to the hidden (Goldberry—the English calque of a Welsh theonym).

Though it is a book by a linguist, it was written for the non-linguist with the goal of making the topic accessible. The unavoidable jargon is explained in a glossary, and the narrative presents an overview of how Welsh influenced Tolkien’s story line, as well as his artificial languages Quenya and Sindarin.

The study is based on specific examples of attested names, placed in the context of their linguistic and cultural background, while highlighting the peculiar features of Welsh, “the senior language of the men of Britain” (MC 189), that Tolkien found so intriguing. It supplements, rather than competes with Carl Phelpstead’s excellent Tolkien and Wales, which sidestepped the topic of the Celtic linguistics behind Tolkien’s work. Learn the Welsh stories behind Lithe, Buckland, Anduin, and Baranduin.

Pagination: xxx + 274, new B&W illustrations by James Dunning, maps, bibliographic notes, Index, Trade Paper $14.95.

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The Tolkienæum is the third volume in a collection of analytic articles on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, by Tolkien scholar and Comparative Translationist Mark T. Hooker.

Pagination: xxx + 258, new B&W illustrations by James Dunning, bibliographic notes, Index, Trade Paper $14.95.

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