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simon cook
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historian// digital publisher//academic editor
historian// digital publisher//academic editor

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My new ebook: a study of Tolkien’s famous allegory of Beowulf as a tower looking over the sea. I show how Tolkien’s last myth of the Elves, ‘The Fall of Númenor,’ was originally composed to aid his reflections on the Old English poem and reveal the intimate connections between his scholarship and his fairy stories. The final section of the book shows how the view from the tower of his 1936 British Academy lecture became a major theme within The Lord of the Rings.

The ebook is now available for pre-order on Amazon and will be released on August 29, 2018: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GD33VTG

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So you really want to know who Tom Bombadil is?

Here is a first philological sketch. But you will not like it. For you can only see who Tom Bombadil when you loose the story you know and start to understand the story as it was was when he entered it as a central character.

http://yemachine.com/lotr/first-mirror/
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A silent hope in Beowulf: a post for the new year.
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The keys to Tolkien's Tower.

Culmination of a series of three major new pages on my website.

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The keys to the tower.

Culmination of this series of three new pages on my website.

Arthur, Freawaru, and Elendil...

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The keys to the tower.

Culmination of this series of three new pages on my website.

Arthur, Freawaru, and Elendil...
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Woman in Tolkien's imagination II. Freawaru: the face of northern tragedy.
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Woman of Tolkien. No. II. Freawaru: a face of fairy-tale disenchantment.

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Tolkien's women: the face of primordial disenchantment.

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It is not really about Arthur, but his queen.

Tolkien's Guinevere is a blend of two known Celtic divinities, who in his later imagination return to their separate embodiments as Galadriel and Sauron.
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