The Biography of J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle-Earth

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Running Press, Mar 28, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 197 pages
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J. R. R. Tolkien is one of the most beloved and enigmatic writers of the twentieth century, yet surprisingly little is known about the personal life of the author of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings . After a traumatic childhood, Tolkien experienced the bloody trenches of World War I, then lived most of his life as an Oxford scholar in a cloistered academic community. In this fascinating illustrated biography, author Daniel Grotta examines how much of Tolkien's personal experience fired his incredible imagination and led to the creation of Middle-earth and its inhabitants. This edition features full-color illustrations by the Brothers Hildebrandt, whose conceptions of Middle-earth and its denizens have brought Tolkien's life's work to vivid life for legions of fans around the world.

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My favorite biography that I have ever read. Quite enjoyable, and hard to put down. Read full review

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I understand the problems when family and a lot of friends won't cooperate but I did wish for a little more personal information about Professor Tolkien. It was an interesting read and I enjoyed it. Read full review

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Daniel Grotta is a journalist and critic living in Pennsylvania.

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