Grammatical Analysis and Close Reading of J.R.R. Tolkien's, "The Silmarillion" Book Review by Blackgravity

Grammatical Analysis and Close Reading of J.R.R. Tolkien's, "The Silmarillion"
A two-part evaluation of J.R.R. Tolkien's, "The Silmarillion," which includes a grammatical analysis and close read/critical analysis.
# 147301 | 3,141 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Mar 15, 2011 in Literature (World) , English (Analysis)


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Description:

The paper is written in two parts; a grammatical analysis of Tolkien's, "The Silmarillion," and a close read and critical analysis of Tolkien's, "The Silmarillion." In the grammatical analysis portion of the paper, Tolkien's use of grammar, semantics, and rhetorical use of words and phrases is discussed. The paper also discusses the way Tolkien uses appositions to help enforce the solidarity of the information he is providing and that Tolkien tells his story in chronological order. Additionally, the paper analyzes the way Tolkien often uses archaic language in this text and how some would consider Tolkien's language to be dated. In the close read and critical analysis portion of the paper, "The Silmarillion" is described as a story that is not ordinary because it is a collection of stories. The paper describes how the book is divided into three parts; the Ainulindale and the Valaquenta, the Quenta Silmarillion and the Akallabeth.

Table of Contents:
Grammatical Analysis
Close Reading/Critical Analysis
Works Cited

From the Paper:

"Tolkien's use of grammar, semantics, and rhetorical use of words and phrases deliberately sets a tone in this work. He uses the grammar to construct a tone that rhetorically directs the audience to think of the writing that is done in history books as well as the Biblical style of writing. He establishes a factual basis in his narrative by his use of appositions, description of time, archaic and dated language, and being verbs in conjunction with the switching of tense."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Birzer, Bradley J. J.R.R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth, ISI Books, 2002
  • Clark, George. Daniel Timmons. J.R.R. Tolkien and His Literary Resonances: Views of Middle-earth. Greenwood Press, 2000
  • Crabbe, Katharyn W., J.R.R. Tolkien. The Continuum Publishing Co, NY. 1988 Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, 2001
  • Tolkien, J.R.R. Christopher Tolkien. The Silmarillion. Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, 2001

Cite this Book Review:

APA Format

Grammatical Analysis and Close Reading of J.R.R. Tolkien's, "The Silmarillion" (2011, March 15) Retrieved January 17, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/grammatical-analysis-and-close-reading-of-j-r-r-tolkien-the-silmarillion-147301/

MLA Format

"Grammatical Analysis and Close Reading of J.R.R. Tolkien's, "The Silmarillion"" 15 March 2011. Web. 17 January. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/grammatical-analysis-and-close-reading-of-j-r-r-tolkien-the-silmarillion-147301/>

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