on 2 January 2002
This audio CD is something that will appeal to fans and non-fans alike. Well constructed with excerpts from the Beeb's dramatisation of Tolkien's masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, it also contains interviews with people that he grew up with and worked with as well as with the man himself. Well researched, very informative and beautifully compiled, this is a biography in just under two hours, contained on two CD's, and at a very reasonable price.
If you want to find out what inspired Tolkien to write The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and his reasoning behind The Silmarillion, then this is a a good place start. There may be more of a Hobbit about you than you realise! If you own a copy of the Beeb's 'Lord of the Rings' then this makes a excellent suplemental piece. If you have never read any of Tolkien's works this might just inspire you to do so.