New publication – The Broken Scythe

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9th June 2012: New publication – The Broken Scythe

The Broken Scythe: Death and Immortality in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

The Broken Scythe: Death and Immortality in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien
Roberto Arduini and Claudio A. Testi (editors)
With a preface by Verlyn Flieger

What is the central theme of The Lord of the Rings? J.R.R. Tolkien's answer to this apparently simple question may surprise some readers: "I do not think that even Power or Domination is the real centre of my story [...] The real theme for me is about something much more permanent and difficult: Death and Immortality" (Letters no. 186). Despite this very clear statement, only a small number of published studies have focused on these two themes. [read more]

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