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yes... that one book would have to be a library book!

Magpie
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Jan 27 2013, 4:45pm


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yes... that one book would have to be a library book! [In reply to] Can't Post

Good luck on your project. I think it would be fun if you keep us posted how it went. Maybe you can even give us a taste of what you created.

I would be careful about picking up every book you can find.

There are some books that are known to be inaccurate. David Day's books on Tolkien are notorious for that and there are a few other names I'd probably avoid. And the more popular Tolkien becomes with the release of the movies, the more books are published quickly to cash in on that popularity. You can find dozens and dozens of books about Tolkien on Amazon and I wouldn't really put much stock into a lot of them.

Also, there are some books that confuse the movie reality - much of which is made up even outside of what we see in the movies - and the book reality. I would, if I were you, avoid muddling the two up and focus only on Tolkien's original writings and the books that focus on that.

I'd say you would be safe with Shippey, Flieger, Garth, Scull and Hammond, Rateliff, Douglas A. Anderson, Foster, and Christopher Tolkien.

I would add Kocher although I don't know what the uber-scholars on the board would say about that. And I agree Carpenter's biography is worthy if you can get useful info for your paper out it.

Many of those authors have written multiple books so drawing from that list could easily top 10 if you can get access to them. (Foster's book has had multiple additions. It would be best to get the most current edition if you can)

Beyond that list of authors, to be honest, I'd do some research and see what other people think of the book in terms of accuracy. And if you find you need more info on a particular point, someone might be able to point you to another author that is well respected (there have been a lot of papers, for example, that people here would know about).

also, just fyi: thinking ahead. If you find, down the road, that you just can't collect much info on a particular race and you need some more suggestions about where to look for that particular info, I would post that request on the Reading Room board. The most serious of our scholars hang out there and don't always catch posts on other boards.

Be clear you're only seeking suggestions about where you should look for the info (as opposed to implying you want people to provide the info) and you'll get the best response. We get a lot of people asking for us to do their homework and that doesn't sit well with people. I thought your first post was very clear about wanting suggestions for books you should consult and I didn't feel you wanted us to do your homework. :-)


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I'm a new person with a question but I'm not really sure where I should put it. rainy-jane02 Send a private message to rainy-jane02 Jan 25 2013, 8:05pm
    why don't you list what you consider to be 'the usual books' ... Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Jan 25 2013, 8:30pm
        That probably would have been smart to start with. rainy-jane02 Send a private message to rainy-jane02 Jan 25 2013, 9:24pm
            We have a lot of well read people on these boards Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Jan 25 2013, 10:51pm
                another suggestion? Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Jan 25 2013, 11:11pm
    Welcome to TORN. :) Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Jan 25 2013, 8:42pm
    I'd interpret "secondary sources" Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Jan 27 2013, 7:23am
        I second taking a look at "letters" FantasyFan Send a private message to FantasyFan Jan 27 2013, 1:09pm
            But, keep in mind the focus of the paper Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Jan 27 2013, 2:11pm
                I'm waiting to hear back from my teacher on her definition of secondary sources.... rainy-jane02 Send a private message to rainy-jane02 Jan 27 2013, 2:49pm
                    yes... that one book would have to be a library book! Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Jan 27 2013, 4:45pm
                        Paul Kocher's 'Master of Middle earth geordie Send a private message to geordie Jan 27 2013, 5:52pm
                            That's good to hear Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Jan 27 2013, 8:02pm
                                Thanks, Magpie. :-) // geordie Send a private message to geordie Jan 27 2013, 9:21pm
                            Kocher also happens to have an entire chapter on the races of Middle-earth squire Send a private message to squire Jan 27 2013, 8:38pm
                                Yes, thanks for that - geordie Send a private message to geordie Jan 27 2013, 9:19pm
                                Thanks to you, too Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Jan 28 2013, 12:20am
                        Tyler Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Jan 28 2013, 8:05am
                            Onward and upward.... rainy-jane02 Send a private message to rainy-jane02 Jan 28 2013, 8:46pm
                                One step forward, two steps back :-) geordie Send a private message to geordie Jan 28 2013, 9:31pm
                                In a pinch Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Jan 28 2013, 10:00pm
    The Tolkien Reader FantasyFan Send a private message to FantasyFan Jan 27 2013, 12:55pm
        I sincerely hope On Fairy Stories isn't available online - geordie Send a private message to geordie Jan 27 2013, 5:45pm
            I didn't mean to imply copyright infringement FantasyFan Send a private message to FantasyFan Jan 28 2013, 1:46am
                Thank you so much. :) rainy-jane02 Send a private message to rainy-jane02 Jan 28 2013, 4:11am
    Scull/Hammond is a good place to start. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Jan 27 2013, 6:56pm
    Howdy and Welcome! grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Jan 28 2013, 1:01am
    Project is Almost finished at approximately 25 pages. rainy-jane02 Send a private message to rainy-jane02 Apr 8 2013, 4:33am

 
 
 

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