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Morgoth's Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
Morgoth's Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
I found this book a bit different from the other volumes of the History of Middle-earth. On one hand it's a bit more complex to read (at least it was for me), especially since it deals with more philosophical and ethical themes than the others. On the other hand, I found it more to my liking, since it is even more tought-inspiring than its companions, and it contains many interesing items. I think the best parts are the Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth, in which Finrod (a Noldo) and Andreth (a human) discuss about Iluvatar's 'gift' to Man (Death) and its consequences on the two races' way of thinking, hoping and living; the Valar's thoughts about death and faithfullness (about the death of… Read more
J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography by Humphrey Carpenter
J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography by Humphrey Carpenter
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great!, 17 Sep 2003
I haven't read all Tolkien byographies out there, but I have read some, and I think this is the best by far. Not only is it precise and somewhat more 'unbiased' than others (it's clear that the author deeply appreciates Tolkien and his works, but unlike others, he didn't turn the biography into a giant praise to JRRT's genius), but it's also entertaining and easy to read, something which can't be said of many biographies. If you want to know more about JRRT as a person and a scholar, and not just as the LotR author, you really should read this.