J.R.R. Tolkien

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Thomas Nelson, Aug 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages

Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church. Some are familiar faces. Others are unexpected guests. But all, through their relationships, struggles, prayers, and desires, uniquely illuminate our shared experience.

Born in South Africa and growing up in Great Britain, J.R.R. Tolkien, or Ronald as he was known, led a young life filled with uncertainty and instability. His was not a storybook childhood- his father died when Ronald was three years old, and his mother died just before he reached adolescence. Left under the guardianship of his mother's friend and priest, Ronald forged his closest relationships with friends who shared his love for literature and languages.

As Tolkien grew older, married, served as a soldier, and became a well-respected Oxford professor publishing weighty works on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowulf, the Christian faith that his mother had instilled in him continued as an intrinsic element of his creative imagination and his everyday life.

It was through The Hobbit and the three-volume The Lord of the Rings that Tolkien became a literary giant throughout the world. In his fiction, which earned him the informal title of "the father of modern fantasy literature," Tolkien presents readers with a vision of freedom- nothing preachy- that a strong, unequivocal faith can transmit.

 

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Very interesting to read about Tolkiens upbringing, his first love, his strong catholic faith, his war-experiences and how the world of Middle Earth as a creation was formed in his mind due to his ... Read full review

Lacks details but a good introduction to Tolkien

User Review  - SuzyO - Christianbook.com

Part of my interest in this fantasy writer and poet stems from the fact that my husband reads Tolkien’s 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy about once a year; and my brother, who usually ... Read full review

Contents

1 Between the Shire and Mordor Part One 18921909
1
2 Between the Shire and Mordor Part Two 18921909
14
3 Coming of Age 19101911
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4 Growing Up in Oxford 19111914
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5 The Coming of the Shadow 19151918
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6 Language and Legend Part One 19181925
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7 Language and Legend Part Two 19261937
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8 Hobbits and Epic Heroism 19381948
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9 The Worldwide Best Seller 19481973
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10 Legacy
118
Notes
131
Bibliographical Note
142
About the Author
145
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