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20th June 2012: New publication – Wagner and Tolkien, Mythmakers

Wagner and Tolkien: Mythmakers "Both Rings were round and there the resemblance ceases", wrote J.R.R. Tolkien about the rings in his epic The Lord of the Rings and Richard Wagner's opera cycle The Ring of the Nibelung. Or did he? The answer is not as straightforward as many Tolkien fans believe, whether they agree with the statement or consider it misguided. Nor is the statement itself as transparently defensive as some Wagner buffs suggest.

Much has been said and written about Wagner and Tolkien, a subject that tends to generate a certain amount of heat, mostly due to the former's controversial status as Hitler's favourite composer. But until now the various, often contradictory opinions and the facts and perceptions on which they are based were rarely discussed at length or analysed in depth. [read more]

(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/news_archive.php?item=69 )

This book is the second of a pair that explores the Tolkien and Wagner topic.

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