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The Sweet and the Bitter: Death and Dying in J.R.R. Tolkien's by Amy Amendt-Raduege (review)

The Sweet and the Bitter: Death and Dying in J.R.R. Tolkien's by Amy Amendt-Raduege (review) Book Reviews * * * The Sweet and the Bitter: Death and Dying in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, by Amy Amendt-Raduege. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2018. 160 pp. $13.99 (softcover). ISBN 978-1-60635-305-9. This short book, if not perfect, is certainly excellent. Amendt-Raduege provides the reader with a fascinating survey and overview not only of death and dying in the sub-created world of The Lord of the R , biu nt gs also of how Tolkien’s depiction of these topics bears upon death and dying, and the practices surrounding them, in the primary wor-ld. Mak ing the text even richer is that Amendt-Raduege does not rest - rict her self only to providing a survey and analysis of the topic; she also produces a text in which she allows herself, and therefore the reader, to contemplate the larger meaning of death in both sub-created a - nd pri mary worlds, moving beyond a strict literary analysis to crea - te a recur rent meditation upon her topic. Amendt-Raduege divides the book into an introduction and five chapters: “The Wages of Heroism,” “The Bitter End,” “Songs and Stones,” “Haunting the Dead,” and “Applicability: ‘Hope without Guarantees.” http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tolkien Studies West Virginia University Press

The Sweet and the Bitter: Death and Dying in J.R.R. Tolkien's by Amy Amendt-Raduege (review)

Tolkien Studies , Volume 15 – Oct 27, 2018

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Book Reviews * * * The Sweet and the Bitter: Death and Dying in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, by Amy Amendt-Raduege. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2018. 160 pp. $13.99 (softcover). ISBN 978-1-60635-305-9. This short book, if not perfect, is certainly excellent. Amendt-Raduege provides the reader with a fascinating survey and overview not only of death and dying in the sub-created world of The Lord of the R , biu nt gs also of how Tolkien’s depiction of these topics bears upon death and dying, and the practices surrounding them, in the primary wor-ld. Mak ing the text even richer is that Amendt-Raduege does not rest - rict her self only to providing a survey and analysis of the topic; she also produces a text in which she allows herself, and therefore the reader, to contemplate the larger meaning of death in both sub-created a - nd pri mary worlds, moving beyond a strict literary analysis to crea - te a recur rent meditation upon her topic. Amendt-Raduege divides the book into an introduction and five chapters: “The Wages of Heroism,” “The Bitter End,” “Songs and Stones,” “Haunting the Dead,” and “Applicability: ‘Hope without Guarantees.”

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Tolkien StudiesWest Virginia University Press

Published: Oct 27, 2018

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