Higgens Anglo-SaxonFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (March 25, 2014) — Oloris Publishing is excited to announce the release of Dr. Deborah Higgens’ book.

Available now from Oloris Publishing, Dr. Deborah A. Higgen’s ‘Anglo-Saxon Community in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”’ will add to the field of Tolkien scholarship a detailed study of how Tolkien entered into the community of Anglo-Saxon storytellers as a scholar and critic, but also as an insider, recasting historical details, heroic codes, and literary themes and motifs as he composed his most celebrated novel.

“Dr. Deborah Higgens is an archaeologist of Arda, uncovering the bones of Middle-earth to reveal the Anglo-Saxon marrow within!” ~ Constance G.J. Wagner, Writing Program Director at Saint Peter’s College

In two critical essays, “On Fairy-Stories” and “Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics,” Tolkien discusses the manner in which ancient poets and writers created their great fairy-stories. Through an examination of these essays, Higgens demonstrates how the same principles and techniques were employed by Tolkien in writing The Lord of the Rings, as he integrated into his own sub-creation the themes of the Anglo-Saxon mead hall and its feasting protocol, the lord as gift-giver, the comitatus bond, and the role of the aristocratic woman in her function as cup-bearer. ‘Anglo-Saxon Community in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”‘ will prove to be an informative and fascinating read for Tolkien fans and scholars of all types.

“My passion found itself in books of history, poetry, and of all places, in Rohan. J.R.R. Tolkien, as professor of Anglo-Saxon, not only felt what I felt, but explained it in his articles and wove it into his own fairy story. It is my wish to take you along with me on my journey into a fascinating culture of Anglo-Saxon warriors, ladies, landscape, and mead halls and their reinvention in Théoden, Éowyn, Galadriel, Lothlórien, Meduseld, and Rohan. May the journey stir your souls as it has mine.” ~ Dr. Deborah Higgens

To celebrate the release of the book, Oloris Publishing is offering print copies at 10% off and e-copies at 20% off until April 1, 2014. In addition to this, print and print + ebook bundle purchases between March 25 and April 1 will receive a bookmark and supplementary booklet by Danielle Storey, outlining her inspiration and thoughts behind each of the chapter illuminations. Note that the 10% discount applies to print only copies and does not extend to the print + eBook bundle.

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