The First and Second Ages

The First and Second Ages


Edited by Trevor Reynolds.

The proceedings of The Tolkien Society Seminar 1990.

Published under the auspices of the Peter Roe Memorial Fund, seventh in the series. Originally published in 1992; republished in 2020.


Product Description

The First and Second Ages within Tolkien’s legendarium feel like a time far removed from that of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings even though they constitute the underpinnings of J.R.R. Tolkien’s entire mythology. This book explores those underpinnings and in particular the nature of good and evil, creators and destroyers, and the very foundations of the world itself. It is a diverse collection of four articles which will no doubt cause the reader to reflect on their own understanding of Tolkien’s works.

First published in 1992, this book is published under the auspices of the Tolkien Society’s Peter Roe Memorial Fund, and features a collection of four papers delivered at the David Baxter Centre in Milton Keynes, on the 2nd June 1990.


Shaun Gunner

From Fëanor to Doctor Faustus: A “Creator” destroys himself
John Ellison

Before the Moon Before the Sun: The Big Time in Tolkien’s Mythology
Denis Bridoux

Purity and Danger in Middle-earth
Chris Seeman

“Good People”: Elves of the First Age
Alex Lewis

Additional Details

Editor: Trevor Reynolds
Publication Date: 4 September 2020
Publisher: Luna Press Publishing
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 178 x 127 mm
ISBN-13: 978-1-913387-53-2
Page Numbers: 80


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