Patrick Curry‘s new book, Deep Roots in a Time of Frost, has been released by Walking Tree Press. Curry, author of Defending Middle-earth: Tolkien, Myth & Modernity, goes into great detail about the nature, enchantment and criticism of J.R.R. Tolkien’s works.
The book has been endorsed by Tom Shippey, Verlyn Flieger and Dimitra Fimi, whilst the official information from the publisher states:
In this collection of his published essays, Patrick Curry explores two themes in Tolkien’s great work: enchantment, the Elves and Faërie, and the natural world of Middle-earth. He considers their different effects on both readers and literary critics, and brings to light the deep connections between these two subjects, as well as between them and Tolkien’s ultimate concern, ‘Death and the desire for deathlessness.’ Also illuminated, in contrast, is magic, as epitomised by the One Ring. Finally, he argues that the hobbits are exemplars of how to live in relation to enchantment: neither pursuing, nor avoiding, but honouring it.