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Tolkien. Sur les rivages de la Terre du Milieu

Vincent Ferré 1
1 Fabula
LIS - Lettres, Idées, Savoir
Abstract : Published by Christian Bourgois Editeur, the French publisher of Tolkien's works since 1972, this book was in 2001 the first in French dedicated to The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955). In spite of some judgments and preconceptions, that consider Tolkien's romance as mere fantasy, it was meant to propose, in its first part, an introduction to French readers. The first part discusses the characters and the "medieval" and fantastic setting of The Lord of the Rings, the geography (invented by Tolkien), its birth, its connection with other works by Tolkien; it also looks at some of the most important sources, influences and analogues, especially in medieval literature. The second part suggests an interpretation of the novel through the analysis of motives underestimated by critics, at the time, while it they are essential (as Tolkien underlined it in his letters) -their importance has now been established. Death and immortality appear as a key for Tolkien's work: in keeping with his analysis of these motives in Beowulf, the second part examines the "quest" of the Ring, and its outcome, the symbolic struggle of life against death, the evolution of the heroes and the end of an ancient world (with the ascent of mankind). Numerous endnotes, which amount to 30% of the book (40 000 words), quote texts by Tolkien that were still unpublished in French - such as his Letters and his essays on medieval literature
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Vincent Ferré. Tolkien. Sur les rivages de la Terre du Milieu. Christian Bourgois Editeur, pp.354, 2001. ⟨hal-00664044⟩



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