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Tolkien in East Yorkshire 1917 - 1918 [Paperback]

Phil Mathison
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19 April 2012
Tolkien in East Yorkshire 1917 - 1918 An Illustrated Tour Had Tolkien not spent nearly eighteen months convalescing in the East Riding of Yorkshire, then he would probably not have survived the Great War. By August 1918, his battalion, the 11th Lancashire Fusiliers, had suffering so many casualties that few remained and the unit was disbanded. If this grand master of literary creativity had fallen in France, there would have been no tales of Hobbits, Middle-earth, and certainly no 'Lord of the Rings'. Having deprived Great Britain of so many promising young men, it would have been a further tragedy if the First World War had extinguished this unique talent too. This modest publication, which contains a number of previously unpublished details about the author's stay in the area, attempts to guide you around the corners of East Yorkshire that have a Tolkien connection. His stay recuperating at Brooklands Hospital in Hull gave JRRT time to develop his writings, but it is the fragile and atmospheric coast of Holderness where he was billeted that helped to inspire elements of the mythology that ultimately came to fruition in his classic trilogy. I have entitled this area 'The Tolkien Triangle', for it is bounded by Hull in the west, Hornsea in the north east, and Kilnsea in the south east. Open these pages and discover the area for yourself.Tolkien in East Yorkshire 1917 - 1918 An Illustrated Tour Had Tolkien not spent nearly eighteen months convalescing in the East Riding of Yorkshire, then he would probably not have survived the Great War. By August 1918, his battalion, the 11th Lancashire Fusiliers, had suffering so many casualties that few remained and the unit was disbanded. If this grand master of literary creativity had fallen in France, there would have been no tales of Hobbits, Middle-earth, and certainly no 'Lord of the Rings'. Having deprived Great Britain of so many promising young men, it would have been a further tragedy if the First World War had extinguished this unique talent too. This modest publication, which contains a number of previously unpublished details about the author's stay in the area, attempts to guide you around the corners of East Yorkshire that have a Tolkien connection. His stay recuperating at Brooklands Hospital in Hull gave JRRT time to develop his writings, but it is the fragile and atmospheric coast of Holderness where he was billeted that helped to inspire elements of the mythology that ultimately came to fruition in his classic trilogy. I have entitled this area 'The Tolkien Triangle', for it is bounded by Hull in the west, Hornsea in the north east, and Kilnsea in the south east. Open these pages and discover the area for yourself.


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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Dead Good Publications (19 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956299415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956299413
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 678,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Phil Mathison was born in Hull in 1951 and has a lifelong interest in railways and music. Since 1980 he has been a song writer and composer, and he has a number of tracks on CDbaby and Soundcloud. In 1999 he started writing railway ghost stories, before moving on to non-fiction in 2006 with his trainspotting memoirs - 'Shed Bashing with the Beatles'. Since then he has concentrated on history books about East Yorkshire.
His other interests are walking, things Victorian and Edwardian, the countryside and anything to do with Spurn Point.
The full collection of his railway mystery short stories, 'On Macabre Lines', is now available in book and Kindle format. Ghosts and steam locomotives - who could ask for more?

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This is a scholarly book which sets out to pinpoint with accuracy where Tolkien actually went during these very formative years which he spent in East Yorkshire while recovering from "trench fever" (acquired on the Somme). The primary locations include well known Hull locations including the army hospital on Cottingham Road; then on to Hornsea, Roos, Thirtle Bridge, Withernsea, Kilnsea etc. Discover where and when Tolkien developed the Elvish language as well as the Gnomish language (Goldogrin), as well as some of the probable influences on his throught. Read of Edith's dancing in a woodland glade at Roos and how "The Silmarillian" came to be. That, and tons more information on this crucial formative stage in Tolkien's life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book for die-hard JRRT lovers! 3 July 2012
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This short book by Phil Mathison is not another LotR study. The topic of this study is very narrow - and that is good! The book title ("Tolkien in East Yorkshire 1917-1918") reflects the topic well and the author inquires into it pretty deep (taking into account lack of information of that period of JRRT's life). I can recommend this book only to die-hard JRRT fans, and only after other books (first of all "Biography" by H. Carpenter, "The Road to Middle-Earth" by T.A.Shippey, "Tolkien and the Great War" by J. Garth and may be "Tolkien and the Peril of War" by R.S.Blackham). "Tolkien in East Yorkshire" is not a bad book, it's just very narrow-focused short book.
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