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Kocher also happens to have an entire chapter on the races of Middle-earth

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Jan 27 2013, 8:38pm


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See Chapter V: "The Free Peoples". It begins thus:
[Critics like Edmund Wilson] and others are taking too narrow a view of what a Tolkien "character" is. As Tolkien conceives the matter, characters are not limited to the individuals who play parts in the war against Sauron. They include also, and perhaps even predominantly, the various races to which each person belongs. Tolkien is at least as interested in exploring the characteristic traits of elves, hobbits, dwarves, men, ents, and other intelligent species who swarm Middle-earth as he is in depicting, say, Frodo, Elrond, Aragorn, and Gimli, or in telling the events of the War of the Ring. - Kocher, P. (1972). Master of Middle-earth: The Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien.
Since his book had already been mentioned in this thread, I didn't feel this needed to be said. But then I remembered that his book is by far the earliest of all the Tolkien criticism we are rating here, and some people might unnecessarily worry that he is somehow outdated just because he wrote before the explosion of posthumous books that so expand our understanding of Tolkien's fictional world. In my opinion, Kocher is not outdated at all but still rewards any reader who finds him. And he is now available in reprint.

His Silmarillion criticism feels like he rushed it out to cash in on his status as a Tolkien critic, and the book is not in the same league as Master of Middle-earth, unfortunately.



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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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