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Cover of the 2002 edition

Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien's World (ISBN 0-8028-1955-9) is a scholarly book written by Verlyn Flieger in 1983 on the world of J.R.R. Tolkien. It focuses on The Silmarillion, on the context The Silmarillion provides for The Lord of the Rings, and on how it illuminates the foundational themes of Tolkien's legendarium. To do these things Flieger utilizes Owen Barfield's linguistic concept of the fragmentation of meaning.

The study's contents are organized mostly in chapters that are themed on two contrary elements, or antitheses.

Splintered Light was first published in hardcover by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (Michigan). In January 2002, it was published again in paperback, revised, by Kent Sate University Press.

Table of contents Edit

  • Credits
  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  1. A Man of Antithesis
  2. Catastrophe and Eucatastrophe
  3. Poetic Diction and Splintered Light
  4. A Disease of Mythology
  5. Light Into Darkness
  6. Light Out of Darkness
  7. One Fragment
  8. One Good Custom
  • Bibliography
  • Suggested Reading
  • Index