High Towers and Strong Places: A Political History of Middle-Earth

High Towers and Strong Places: A Political History of Middle-Earth

Timothy R Furnish


Dr. Timothy R. provide applies basic international analysis-political, cultural, social, and financial- to Middle-earth's 7,000 years of recorded background in excessive Towers and powerful areas. guidance away from literary feedback, the normal method of Tolkien for the final six a long time, this ebook in its place makes use of Tolkien's writings to ascertain all the significant races of Middle-earth in a few element. It then delves into how each one conversing people's anthropological qualities proficient the political structures they devised. Middle-earth's many states, Beleriand to Barad-dur and Utumno to Umbar, from First via early Fourth a while, are in comparison and contrasted with basic international examples reminiscent of Rome/Byzantium; the Carolingian Empire; and the Islamic caliphates prior to being categorized as monarchies, aristocracies or democracies. excessive Towers and robust areas additionally deals a grander geopolitical research, the diplomacy and balance-of-power politics over millennia of Middle-earth's background. specific cognizance is paid to little-studied concerns: Numenor's moment Age imperialism; the longue duree making plans of immortal beings resembling Sauron and Galadriel; and Gondor's function 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). excessive Towers and powerful areas: A Political heritage of Middle-earth will be learn as a stand-alone quantity or as an introductory paintings to the approaching shiny Swords and excellent Warriors: an army heritage of Middle-earth. fanatics of myth books and films, in addition to gaming lovers will locate excessive Towers and powerful areas a desirable learn in addition to a necessary resource."

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