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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for the serious student of Tolkien, 24 Dec 2011
William D. Freeman "wdavidfreeman" (Southern California) - See all my reviews
This review is from: J.R.R. Tolkien's Double Worlds and Creative Process: Language and Life (Hardcover)
Professor Arne Zettersten of the University of Copenhagen had the privilege of getting to know J.R.R. Tolkien personally in the last dozen years of Tolkien's life. Like Tolkien, Zettersten specialized in the philological study of the English language as it developed in the Middle Ages. The two men had many face-to-face discussions and exchanged many letters which illustrated how Tolkien's love of language inspired his own essays in fiction.

While not a traditional biography, this book esentially provides Zettersten's insights through following the story arc of Tolkien's life. This book is not for the casaul reader or even someone new to Tolkien studies (who should indeed start with Humphrey Carpenter's classic biography). For those who are serious, though, about the study of Tolkien's life and work this book is an instant classic.
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