Friday, January 11, 2013

J.R.R. Tolkien {Book Review}


J.R.R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend by Colin Duriez

About the Book

Long before the successful, Lord of the Rings film trilogy, J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginary world and characters had enthralled and delighted millions of readers. But who was this man who dreamt up the intricate languages and perfectly crafted world of Middle-earth?

Tolkien had a difficult life. Orphaned and poor, his guardian forbade him from communicating with the woman he loved. He also went through the horrors of the First World War. An intensely private and brilliant scholar, he spent over fifty years working on the languages, history, peoples, and geography of Middle-earth, aided by his vast knowledge of mythology and early northern European history and culture.

This delightful and accessible biography brings this legendary man to life and explores the deep Christian commitment that inspired and informed his work. A close friend of C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams, Tolkien was one of the famous Inklings, a group of literary figures in Oxford in the 1930s who met to discuss their work, which included C.S. Lewis's Narnia books.


My Thoughts

I was excited to have the opportunity to review this book! I freely admit to not having read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy nor the Hobbit. I have however, seen all three Lord of the Rings movies (which I just loved!) and am looking forward to seeing the Hobbit as well.

Having not read the books before seeing the movie is a bit unusual for me since I usually require the reading of the book before we ever watch a movie that has been created based on a book. I do have a plan to read the books! In fact I have another book by J.R.R. Tolkien on my reading list called Letters From Father Christmas that I am looking forward to reading!

The author Colin Duriez has done a remarkable job in telling J.R.R. Tolkien’s story. This is not your typical dry biography. It is the history of the life of a great man and wonderful writer!

The book tells the story of Tolkien’s childhood, which was very difficult. Tolkien lost his parents at a young age and grew up during WWI.

You can see how Tolkien’s life experiences helped to mold these stories into wonderful literary works. He was a genius writer!

This book is such a wealth of information and history about Tolkien, especially liked the color pictures in the center of the book.

I would highly recommend this book if you have an interest in the Lord of the Rings books and or movies. 

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Kregel in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

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