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Tolkien's Gedling 1914 [Paperback]

Andrew H. Morton , John Hayes
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31 Mar 2008
In late September 1914, J.R.R. Tolkien, his life in crisis, visited his Aunt Jane's Phoenix Farm in Gedling near Nottingham. The poem he wrote there on September 24th, "The Voyage of Earendel the Evening Star", was the spark that ignited the whole of his later mythology.Focussing on this single event, Andrew Morton and John Hayes set out to discover more about Phoenix Farm, Jane Neave and the poem. "Tolkien's Gedling", which contains over thirty previously unpublished photographs, explores the social changes in Gedling that gave birth to the Phoenix Farm project. It also contains much original material for the Tolkien enthusiast, including the fullest account so far of his influential Aunt Jane, whom many have taken to be the model for his famous wizard, Gandalf.

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Brewin Books (31 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185858423X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858584232
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 605,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Morton's insight 15 May 2008
Andrew Morton's book on Tolkien is a breath of fresh air. Tolkien's life has been much raked over and here is a fresh and worthy angle. Morton argues for the importance of a poem coined whilst staying with his Aunt Neave in Gedling, Notts. This he argues is the basis for the later outpouring of Tolkien's major Mythology of Middle Earth. A pleasure to read, not least for its urbane tone and fascinating social context. A Gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating dedicated insight of a Legend 30 May 2009
This is a fascinating dedicated insight of a Legend that will perfectly compliment other biographies. The respect that Andrew Morton and John Hayes has for Tolkien shines through and helps the reader to also discover how many of our favourite characters and places were conceived. The book was finished all to quickly for me. Wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating stuff! 17 May 2008
Essential reading for all Tolkien fans. An interesting, beautifully written exploration. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gedling - the Tolkien connection 4 July 2012
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I enjoyed this book. It was the better, I think, of his two books (the other being about Bag End). A book for the Tolkien scholar, even non-academic ones like me. What a shame that the authors were denied permission to use any of Tolkien's seminal Earendel poem, which was composed at Gedling. Says more about mad copyright restrictions, or the punitive way they seem to be used, than anything else.
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