Splintered Light


Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien's World - 2002 Revised and expanded version.
Cover by Ted Nasmith.


The original 1983 edition, long hard to find, was one of the first books to discuss The Silmarillion in detail, and one of the most insightful: it showed Tolkien applying to his mythology Owen Barfield's principles of the deep relationship between language and the nature of reality, and using fragmented light as a metaphorical depiction of fragmented language. The revised edition is not a quick touch-up, but a massively extended rewrite that delves into much more detail and takes into account much that had not been published in 1983.

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Splintered Light