By Timothy R. Furnish
Dr. Timothy R. provide applies basic global analysis—political, cultural, social, and economic— to Middle-earth’s 7,000 years of recorded background during this richly illustrated quantity, excessive Towers and powerful areas. guidance away from literary feedback, the traditional method of Tolkien for the final six a long time, this booklet as an alternative makes use of Tolkien’s writings to check all the significant races of Middle-earth in a few aspect. It then delves into how every one talking people’s anthropological characteristics knowledgeable the political platforms they devised.
Middle-earth’s many states, Beleriand to Barad-dûr and Utumno to Umbar, from First via early Fourth a long time, are in comparison and contrasted with basic international examples similar to Rome/Byzantium; the Carolingian Empire; and the Islamic caliphates prior to being categorized as monarchies, aristocracies or democracies. excessive Towers and robust locations additionally bargains a grander geopolitical research, the diplomacy and balance-of-power politics over millennia of Middle-earth’s history.
Particular realization is paid to little-studied concerns: Númenor’s moment Age imperialism; the longue durée making plans of immortal beings reminiscent of Sauron and Galadriel; and Gondor’s position as 3rd Age hegemon. Morgoth and Sauron, strong yet eventually failed god-kings, obtain particular scrutiny—especially the relationships with their minions, either significant (Balrogs, Dragons) and minor (Goblins, Orcs and Trolls).
High Towers and robust areas: A Political heritage of Middle-earth may be learn as a stand-alone quantity or as an introductory paintings to the approaching Bright Swords and wonderful Warriors: an army heritage of Middle-earth. fanatics of myth books and films, in addition to gaming fanatics will locate High Towers and robust Places a desirable learn in addition to a priceless resource.
About the Author
Timothy R. Furnish holds a PhD in Islamic, African, and international heritage basically as the historical past division on the Ohio country college wouldn't enable him focus on the chronicles of Gondor. He served within the US military, and has labored as a faculty professor, advisor to the USA army, Islamic global analyst for numerous media, and writer. His 3 past books have all been on Islamic heritage: Holiest Wars: Islamic Mahdis, their Jihads, and Osama bin Laden (2005); Ten Years’ Captivation with the Mahdi’s Camps: Essays on Muslim Eschatology, 2005-2015 (2015); and Sects, Lies, and the Caliphate: 10 Years of Observations on Islam (2016). regardless of his educational education, provide a lot prefers Middle-earth to the center East; his favourite personality is Théoden; and he additionally fences sabre in his spare time—usually, yet no longer consistently, left-handed.
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High Towers and Strong Places: A Political History of Middle-earth by Timothy R. Furnish