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Tolkien: A Biography [Hardcover]

Humphrey Carpenter

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  • Hardcover: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (T); 1st Edition edition (Jun 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395253608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395253601
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 732,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring biography of J.R.R. Tolkien 17 May 2000
By mathilde de gardin - Published on
This very well written account of Tolkiens life as a boy, a husband, writer and professor takes you away from where you are into the heart of Tolkien's being. It covers his writtings in depth, the making of languages, of peoples, of maps. But also his academic life, Beowulf, the Islandic Saga, the inklings, his relationship with C.S. Lewis, his day-to-day habits, his children, his religion. It breathes a wonderful inspiring atmosphere. I've read is several times now, and it still moves me.
This biography is a gem in its own right. You won't regret buying it.
4.0 out of 5 stars good 14 May 2013
By Steven Carlson - Published on
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It was as I expected, mostly. It is an ex-library edition and I received it quickly in the mail. Thanks.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book if you can find a copy. Mine was used but in good condition. 27 July 2014
By Carleen Lane - Published on
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This is the only book you need to read about Tolkien.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tolkien buffs will want to read this authorized biography 5 July 2008
By Gary E. Gilley - Published on
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With Tolkien mania on the rise again, Tolkien buffs will want to read this authorized biography. This is a well written, interesting biography that fleshes out Tolkien's personal and professional life. Tolkien's relationship to C. S. Lewis is detailed, including the part he allegedly played in Lewis' conversion. Whether Tolkien himself was a Christian is doubtful. He was a Roman Catholic and extremely religious, but his relationship with Christ is not explored in this book.

Those who like Hobbits and Middle-earth will enjoy this biography; all others should skip this one.
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