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The Road to Middle-earth (ISBN 978-0-618-25760-7), by Tom Shippey, is a thorough "diachronic"[1] analysis of J.R.R. Tolkien's stories from the perspective of a fellow philologist; last revised 2003, and first published by Allen & Unwin in 1983.

It preceded J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century, a book by Shippey for a slightly wider readership.

TheRoadToMiddleEarth

Cover of 1983 release

Overview

Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey shows in great detail how Tolkien's professional background led him in his philological exploits, and to writing The Hobbit. Examining also the philological foundations of The Lord of the Rings, Shippey discusses the contributions of The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales to Tolkien's myth cycle, revealing how his denser works can be fully appreciated.

He goes on to examine the twelve-volume The History of Middle-earth, which Christopher Tolkien wrote and compiled, tracing the creative and technical process by which Middle-earth evolved.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements and Abbreviations
  1. 'Lit. and Lang.'
  2. Philological Inquiries
  3. The Bourgeois Burglar
  4. A Cartographic Plot
  5. Interlacements and the Ring
  6. 'When All Our Fathers Worshipped Stocks and Stones'
  7. Visions and Revisions
  8. 'On the Cold Hill's Side'
  9. 'The Course of Actual Composition'
  • Afterword
  • Appendix A: Tolkien's Sources: The True Tradition
  • Appendix B: Four 'Asterisk' Poems
  • Notes
  • Index

Translations around the world

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Die Pad na Midde-aarde
Albanian Rruga për Mesme-tokë
Arabic الطريق إلى الأرض الوسطى
Armenian Միջին ճանապարհի ճանապարհը
Azerbaijani Orta şərq yoludur
Basque Lurraren erdian bidea ?
Belarusian Cyrillic Дарога ў Міжзем'е
Bengali মধ্যপ্রাচ্যের রোড
Bosnian Put do sredine zemlje
Bulgarian Cyrillic Пътят към средната земя
Burmese အလယျပိုငျး-မြေကြီးသို့အဆိုပါလမ်းမကြီး
Cambodian ផ្លូវទៅផែនដីកណ្តាល
Catalan El Camí cap a la Terra Mitjana
Cebuano Ang Dalan paingon sa Tunga-tunga sa yuta
Chinese 通往中土世界的道路
Croatian Put do Međuzemlja
Czech Cesta do Středozemě
Danish Vejen til Midgård
Dutch De Weg naar Midden-aarde
Estonian Tee Keskmaa juurde
Fijian Na Gaunisala e loma-vuravura
Filipino Ang daan patungong Gitnang-lupa
Finnish Keski-maan tie
French La route vers la terre du milieu
Galician O camiño cara á Terra Media
Georgian შუა დედამიწის გზა ?
German Der Weg nach Mittelerde
Greek Ο δρόμος προς τη Μέση Γη
Gujarati મધ્ય-પૃથ્વીનો માર્ગ
Hebrew הכביש אל הארץ התיכונה
Hindi मध्य-पृथ्वी के लिए सड़क
Hungarian A Közel-föld felé vezető út
Icelandic Vegurinn til Miðjarðarhafsins ?
Indonesian Jalan menuju Dunia Tengah
Irish Gaelic An Bóthar chun Mheán-domhain
Italian La Strada per la Terra di mezzo
Japanese ミドルアースへの道
Kannada ಮಧ್ಯಮ ಭೂಮಿಯಿಂದ ರಸ್ತೆ
Kazakh Cyrillic Орто-жерге жол
Korean 중간 지구에도로
Laotian ຖະຫນົນຫົນທາງກັບກາງໃນທົ່ວໂລກ
Latvian Ceļš uz Viduszeme
Lithuanian Kelias į Vidurinę žemę
Macedonian Cyrillic Патот кон Средна Земја
Malagasy Ny lalana Mankany amin' ny Moyen-tany
Malay Jalan ke tengah-tengah bumi
Maltese It-Triq lejn il-art Nofsani
Marathi मध्य-पृथ्वीवरील रस्ता
Mongolian Cyrillic Дундад улс руу чиглэсэн зам
Norwegian Veien til Midgard
Pashto د منځني ځمکی سړک
Persian جاده به سرزمین میانه
Polish Droga do Śródziemia
Portuguese A estrada à Terra média
Punjabi ਮੱਧ-ਧਰਤੀ ਦਾ ਸੜਕ
Romanian Drumul spre Pământul de mijloc
Russian Дорога на середину земли
Scottish Gaelic An Rathad chun a 'Mheadhain-thalmhainn
Serbian Пут ка средње земље (Cyrillic) Put ka Srednje zemlje (Latin)
Sindhi وچين زمين ڏانهن روڊ ?
Sinhalese මැද-පොළොව දක්වා මාර්ගය
Slovak Cesta do Stredozeme
Slovenian Pot do Srednje zemlje
Somalian Wadada-dhulka Dhexe
Spanish El camino a la Tierra Media
Sundanese Nu Jalan mun Tengah-bumi
Swahili Barabara ya nchi ya Kati
Swedish Vägen till Midgård
Tajik Cyrillic Дар роҳ ба Миёна-замин
Tamil மத்திய-பூமியின் சாலை
Telugu మిడిల్ ఎర్త్కు రోడ్డు
Thai ถนนไปยังมิดเดิลเอิร์ธ
Tongan Ko e hala ki he vaeua'anga malie 'o mamani
Turkish Orta Dünya için yol
Ukrainian Cyrillic Дорога до Середзем'я
Urdu مڈل-زمین کے لئے سڑک
Uzbek Ўрта Тупроқ бўлган йўл (Cyrillic) O'rta Tuproq bo'lgan yo'l (Latin)
Vietnamese Con đường đến Trung địa
Welsh Y Ffordd i Ganol-ddaear
Yiddish די וועג צו מיטל-ערד

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century, Foreword, xxvii
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