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The Proverbs of Middle-earth

$18.00

Author David Rowe
Foreword by Peter Kreeft
Softcover 6"x9", 234 pages
ISBN 978-1-940992-47-1

 

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An Arabic proverb says, “Before you shoot the arrow of truth, dip it in honey.” This book is both a quiver-full of well-pointed arrows, and a large jar of honey. It is a romp, as well as a thorough and deeply penetrating exploration of its subject.
From the Foreword by Peter Kreeft


The works of JRR Tolkien are unique in English Literature, as they are filled with hundreds of original proverbs. 'Not all those who wander are lost,' 'Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens,' and 'Never laugh at live dragons' are all poetic, wise, and convincingly real-sounding, but they are also a lens, through which more can be seen. These proverbs belong to entirely invented wisdom traditions and reflect 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 these fictional civilizations can be understood through the lens of their proverbs. What is revealed enriches the reader's experience of and delight in Middle-earth, as well as illuminating the astounding depth and detail of creativity of this world. Arrows dipped in honey abound!


About the Author

David Rowe started reading The Lord Of The Rings at age 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.

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