On Eagles' Wings: An Exploration of Eucatastrophe in Tolkien's Fantasy by Anna ThayerOn Eagles' Wings: An Exploration of Eucatastrophe in Tolkien's Fantasy by Anna Thayer

On Eagles' Wings: An Exploration of Eucatastrophe in Tolkien's Fantasy

byAnna ThayerIllustratorJay JohnstoneEditorFrancesca T Barbini

Paperback | September 23, 2016

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If you are at all familiar with Tolkien’s work, then Bilbo’s cry – proclaiming the arrival of Eagles – will be no stranger to you. Indeed, these plot-armoured birds are somewhat of a hallmark of the Master of Middle-Earth, one rejoiced over and lampooned in equal measure by both lovers and critics of his writing.

But they are misunderstood. Tolkien’s Eagles cannot be taken literally; they are a narrative embodiment of the unlooked-for grace, the redemptive turn – winged harbingers of Tolkien’s concept of eucatastrophe.

Anna Thayer has been fascinated, inspired and led by this concept since childhood. This book represents a eucatastrophe casebook of sorts, spanning over ten years of research. It is a series of investigations into Tolkien’s work that reveal how overarching this theory was in his writing and mindset.

Title:On Eagles' Wings: An Exploration of Eucatastrophe in Tolkien's FantasyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:156 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.33 inPublished:September 23, 2016Publisher:Luna Press PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1911143077

ISBN - 13:9781911143079

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Table of Contents

* Slow-Kindled Courage. A Study of Heroes in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien* Spiritual Mimesis: The Lord of the Ring* Moving Mandos: The Dynamics of Subcreation in 'Of Beren and Lúthien' * Seeing Fire and Sword, or Refining Hobbits * Clean Earth to Till: A Tolkienian Vision of War* Stars Above a Dark Tor: Tolkien and Romanticism* A Star Above the Mast: Tolkien, Faërie and the Great Escape * An Old Light Rekindled: Tolkien's Influence on Fantasy