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Announcing David Rowe’s ‘The Proverbs of Middle-earth’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (April 9 2013) – Oloris Publishing is pleased to announce David Rowe’s The Proverbs of Middle-earth, scheduled to be released later this year.

Proverbs are ships in which wisdom sails.

On his great Tree of Tales, it is the leaves – the tiny details – in which J.R.R. Tolkien took greatest delight.  Because of this, one of the ways in which his Middle-earth legendarium is unparalleled in English literature is that its diverse peoples and cultures each possess their own fully-formed wisdom traditions, comprised of songs, poems, and – the focus of this study – over 300 original proverbs.

From the great sea to the land of shadow, from wizards to rustic gaffers,×300.jpg will provide an in-depth exploration of the wisdom traditions of Middle-earth, investigating the degree to which Tolkien’s proverbs not only delight and instruct, but also bring revelatory “inner reality” to his created world.

David is a US-based Englishman (and erstwhile resident of New Zealand, Zimbabwe, and Scotland, before he married a Lebanese-American) who first read The Lord of the Rings at the age of seven and has been re-reading it ever since. He is a farmer-cum-teacher-cum-musician, cuts his own hair, and is a committed utiliser of the Oxford Comma. He tweets at @TolkienProverbs.


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In investigating Tolkien’s proverbs, I feel like Alice, falling down the rabbit-hole, or Mary Poppins, reaching into her carpet bag: the deeper I go, the more there has been to discover.  It has been said that Middle-earth is so deeply satisfying because “you can ask a question about it, and you’ll get an answer; and if you ask a question about the question, or a question about the answer, then you’ll get more answers.”  This is exactly what I have been doing over the past four years, and along the way I have marvelled at the sheer magnitude of thoughtful detail Tolkien put into his peoples and their cultures; how much effort he put into facets of his work that few ever notice. I invite you to come and discover them too!” ~ David Rowe

I was intrigued by the idea of looking at the cultures of Middle-earth through the lens of their proverbs. This book will enrich and enhance our understanding of phrases often heard and said, deepening our love of this world. David has done a beautiful job in giving us a unique way to experience the lore we all love so much and I’m sure that fans will love having this book on their shelf.” ~ Lara Sookoo, publisher

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