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The Elder Edda

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Legends from the Ancient North brings together some of the magical texts that most influenced Tolkien I was in the East, battling giants, wicked-hearted women, who wandered the fells; great would be the giant-race, if they all lived- mankind would be nothing under, middle-earth. What did you do meantime, Grey-beard?' J.R.R. Tolkien spent much of his life studying, translating and teaching the great epic stories of northern Europe, filled with heroes, dragons, trolls, dwarves and magic. He was hugely influential for his advocacy of Beowulf as a great work of literature and, even if he had never written The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, would be recognised today as a significant figure in the rediscovery of these extraordinary tales. Legends from the Ancient North brings together from Penguin Classics five of the key works behind Tolkien's fiction.They are startling, brutal, strange pieces of writing, with an elemental power brilliantly preserved in these translations.They plunge the reader into a world of treachery, quests, chivalry, trials of strength.They are the most ancient narratives that exist from northern Europe and bring us as near as we will ever get to the origins of the magical landscape of Middle-earth (Midgard) which Tolkien remade in the 20th century.

Product code: 9780141393728

ISBN 9780141393728
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129xS24
No. Of Pages 432
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Illustrated By Petra Borner
Tolkien spent much of his life studying, translating and teaching the great epic stories of northern Europe, filled with heroes, dragons, trolls, dwarves and magic. He was hugely influential for his advocacy of Beowulf as a great work of literature and, even if he had never written The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.