Following the release in 2001 of the first film of Peter Jackson's adapted trilogy of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of The Ring, a wave of 'Ring Fever' swamped the world, with reprints of the novel, guidebooks, Internet sites, memorabilia and toys, video and computer games, location tours and extended DVDs. Taking a Cultural Studies perspective, this collection of essays examines the cultural issues generated by Tolkien's novel and Jackson's films. In particular, by applying a variety of cultural, media and literary theories, the essays in this collection attempt to answer the question: How did we become Middle-earth? Topics covered range from fan culture in an age of IT, globalization, transnational capitalism and consumerism to the local socio-political implications of the Rings tale, and the formation of a Middle-earth in our real (or, as argued by the French philosopher Jean Beadrillard, our no-longer real but hyperreal) world. This book includes a total of twenty-four chapters, as well as foreword, index, filmography and photo illustrations. It is suitable for broad audience, and can be used for educational and academic purposes.
|Title of host publication||How We Became Middle-earth|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Collection of Essays on The Lord of the Rings|
|Publisher||Walking Tree Publishers|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
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Barker, M. J., Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University, 25 Jun 2008
DOI: 10.20391/b403222b-74b6-4686-9cc6-dfd1de16a31a, http://hdl.handle.net/2160/594