A Secret Vice

Hardcover | May 24, 2016

byJ. R. R. TolkienEditorDimitra Fimi, Andrew Higgins

not yet rated|write a review
First ever critical study of Tolkien's little-known essay, which reveals how language invention shaped the creation of Middle-earth and beyond, to George R R Martin's Game of Thrones.J.R.R. Tolkien's linguistic invention was a fundamental part of his artistic output, to the extent that later on in life he attributed the existence of his mythology to the desire to give his languages a home and peoples to speak them. As Tolkien puts it in 'A Secret Vice', 'the making of language and mythology are related functions'.In the 1930s, Tolkien composed and delivered two lectures, in which he explored these two key elements of his sub-creative methodology. The second of these, the seminal Andrew Lang Lecture for 1938-9, 'On Fairy-Stories', which he delivered at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, is well known. But many years before, in 1931, Tolkien gave a talk to a literary society entitled 'A Hobby for the Home', where he unveiled for the first time to a listening public the art that he had both himself encountered and been involved with since his earliest childhood: 'the construction of imaginary languages in full or outline for amusement'.This talk would be edited by Christopher Tolkien for inclusion as 'A Secret Vice' in The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays and serves as the principal exposition of Tolkien's art of inventing languages. This new critical edition, which includes previously unpublished notes and drafts by Tolkien connected with the essay, including his 'Essay on Phonetic Symbolism', goes some way towards re-opening the debate on the importance of linguistic invention in Tolkien's mythology and the role of imaginary languages in fantasy literature.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$29.28 online
$34.99 list price (save 16%)
In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25
Prices may vary. why?
Please call ahead to confirm inventory.

From the Publisher

First ever critical study of Tolkien's little-known essay, which reveals how language invention shaped the creation of Middle-earth and beyond, to George R R Martin's Game of Thrones.J.R.R. Tolkien's linguistic invention was a fundamental part of his artistic output, to the extent that later on in life he attributed the existence of hi...

Dimitra Fimi, PhD is one of the foremost experts on Tolkien and Fantasy Literature. Her published work includes Tolkien, Race and Cultural History, which won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inkling Studies for 2010. She is currently Senior Lecturer in English at Cardiff Metropolitan University.Andrew Higgins, PhD is a Tolkien scho...

other books by J. R. R. Tolkien

Beren And Lúthien
Beren And Lúthien

Hardcover|Jun 1 2017

$30.66 online$34.99list price(save 12%)
The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set
The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set

Hardcover|Nov 11 2014

$131.85 online$160.00list price
The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings

Paperback|Dec 2 1991

$28.79 online$32.95list price(save 12%)
see all books by J. R. R. Tolkien
Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.98 × 5.87 × 0.01 inPublished:May 24, 2016Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0008131392

ISBN - 13:9780008131395

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of A Secret Vice

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

.