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The Resource "The sweet and the bitter" : death and dying in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the rings, Amy Amendt-Raduege

"The sweet and the bitter" : death and dying in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the rings, Amy Amendt-Raduege

Label
"The sweet and the bitter" : death and dying in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the rings
Title
"The sweet and the bitter"
Title remainder
death and dying in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the rings
Statement of responsibility
Amy Amendt-Raduege
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In 1956, J.R.R. Tolkien famously stated that the real theme of The Lord of the Rings was "Death and Immortality." The deaths that underscore so much of the subject matter of Tolkien's masterpiece have a great deal to teach us. From the heroic to the humble, Tolkien draws on medieval concepts of death and dying to explore the glory and sorrow of human mortality. Three great themes of death link medieval Northern European culture, The Lord of the Rings, and contemporary culture: the way in which we die, the need to remember the dead, and above all the lingering apprehension of what happens after death. Like our medieval ancestors, we still talk about what it means to die as a hero, a traitor, or a coward; we still make decisions about ways to honor and remember the departed; and we continue to seek to appease and contain the dead. These themes suggest a latent resonance between medieval and modern cultures and raise an issue not generally discussed in contemporary Western society: our deeply rooted belief that how one dies in some way matters. While Tolkien, as a medieval scholar, naturally draws much of his inspiration from the literature, folklore, and legends of the Middle Ages, the popularity of his work affirms that modern audiences continue to find these tropes relevant and useful. From ideas of "good" and "bad" deaths to proper commemoration and disposal of the dead, and even to ghost stories, real people find comfort in the ideas about death and dying that Tolkien explores. "The Sweet and the Bitter": Death and Dying in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings examines the ways in which Tolkien's masterwork makes visible the connections between medieval and modern conceptions of dying and analyzes how contemporary readers use The Lord of the Rings as a tool for dealing with death
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1968-
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Amendt-Raduege, Amy
Dewey number
823/.912
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR6039.O32
LC item number
L63215 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Tolkien, J. R. R.
  • Death in literature
  • Tolkien, J. R. R
  • Death in literature
  • Sterben
  • Tod
Label
"The sweet and the bitter" : death and dying in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the rings, Amy Amendt-Raduege
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- 1. The wages of heroism -- 2. The bitter end -- 3. Songs and stones -- 4. Haunting the dead -- 5. Applicability: "Hope without guarantees."
Control code
991535970
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 160 pages
Isbn
9781606353059
Lccn
2017016112
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)991535970
Label
"The sweet and the bitter" : death and dying in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the rings, Amy Amendt-Raduege
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- 1. The wages of heroism -- 2. The bitter end -- 3. Songs and stones -- 4. Haunting the dead -- 5. Applicability: "Hope without guarantees."
Control code
991535970
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 160 pages
Isbn
9781606353059
Lccn
2017016112
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)991535970

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