Author(s): Lin Carter
An overview of Tolkien's masterpiece and a wide ranging introduction for all the new fans of the trilogy, to the myths and legends and it springs from. Lin Carter introduces readers to the Tolkien's epic trilogy then takes them on a scholarly yet populist journey through the massive web of myths and legends that Tolkien drew on for both imagery and themes during his life's work. Carter's book places Tolkien's trilogy in the context of world mythology and legend and is a tribute to Tolkien's power of assimilation and original vision. It is the ideal introduction to the background of The Lord of the Rings for the legions of new fans.
Already voted the Book of the 20th century, The Lord of the Rings has been turned into a global pop-culture phenomenon by the current trilogy of films Published in the run up to the third and final film New fans of the trilogy have proved to be omniverous consumers of related books Our parody BORED OF THE RINGS has sold 150,000 copies in HB The ideal companion volume Low price HB
If JRR Tolkien was the single author most responsible for the existence of Fantasy as a modern publishing genre then the single editor and critic with the same claim was Lin Carter. His tireless advocacy of both modern fantasy writers and their historical forbears as the first editor on the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series was hugely influential.