Wednesday, September 28, 2016

"Not all those who wander are lost"

The Proverbs of Middle-earth will be published on November 18, 2016. This is a book I will buy. It will apparently only be available at a publishing house called Oloris. It's not on their site yet, nor at Amazon, but The Inklings site confidently tells us that it's coming and moreover that "until publication date, and each day until November 18th, I will be posting here a short extract from the book." More:
Tolkien did not merely fill his books with hundreds of original sayings – however great and unprecedented an achievement that is – he also invented entire wisdom traditions in which they belong. Each proverb reflects the culture, the philosophical worldview, and the history of those who use them.

In The Proverbs of Middle-earth, David Rowe discovers and investigates the degree to which the 'soul' of each of Tolkien's fictional civilizations can be understood through the lens of their proverbs. What is revealed enriches the reader's experience of and delight in Tolkien's world, as well as illuminating the astounding depth and detail of creativity in his work.
The author:
David Rowe started reading The Lord Of The Rings aged seven, and hasn't stopped yet. Born in Sheffield, England, he has lived in four continents, now making his home in Charleston, SC, where he works for an Anglican church and teaches people how to make tea properly.