This volume could simply be a list of sayings, with comments attached. Instead, it uses the proverbs of Middle-earth as a lens through which to carry out an investigation of Middle-earth’s cultures. By doing so, we are able to appreciate not only the insight and poetic quality of particular sayings, but also the fact that they form a coherent part of their speakers’ philosophical worldview: Elven proverbs are distinctly Elvish, the Ents’ proverbs are distinctly Entish, and so on.
From the Introduction
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