"Even those who do not know Beowulf, the Arthurian tales, or northern European mythology come away from The Lord of the Rings with a feeling for Britain's historical and literary past. Those who recognize the sources behind Tolkien - and the skill with which he combines these sources - gain far more. Perilous Realms gives this advantage to all readers and provides new discoveries, including material from obscure, little-known Celtic texts and a likely new source for the name 'hobbit.' It is truly essential reading for Tolkien fans."--BOOK JACKET.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Two norths and their English blend
2. Skin-changing in more than one sense : the complexity of Beorn
3. Bridges, gates, and doors
4. Iceland and Middle-Earth : two who loved the north
5. Spiders and evil red eyes : the shadow sides of Gandalf and Galadriel
6. Wisewomen, shieldmaides, nyphms, and goddesses
7. Eating, devouring, sacrifice, and ultimate just deserts (why Elves are vegetarian and the unrefined are not)
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