J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography – Review

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J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography, by Humphrey Carpenter

Published in 1977

Pages: 287

Genre: Non-fiction, biography

“It is mid-morning on a spring day in 1967.”

So begins Humphrey Carpenter’s J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography, a look at the man behind one of the most popular fantasy series ever written. What follows is an in-depth study of Tolkien’s life from his birth in South Africa to his death in his beloved English countryside. J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography gives an extraordinary amount of context that explains not only the style in which Tolkien’s stories were written, but the genesis of a brilliant man and the beliefs that shaped him.

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9 thoughts on “J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography – Review

  1. Pingback: J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography – Review — Perpetually Past Due Reblog | Dystopian Shuffle

  2. Isn’t it a great biography? I read it as a teenager, in the throes of my Tolkien obsession. I came to him via the Mabinogion, Wales’s folkloric source text. I loved him for his invention of languages and his building of cultures around those languages. The Silmarillion is a wonderful companion to The Lord of the Rings.

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