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Accessible yet nonetheless engages deeply with its subject,
This review is from: J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century (Paperback)
Tom Shippey has thought deeply about Tolkien's motivation in his fantasy writings and has a philologists's insight into the topic. Accessibly written though it is, this book demands some serious thinking on the part of the reader to extract the full benefit of the author's scholarship. One dimension of Tolkien's inspiration that is surprisingly little investigated here is his Catholicism but even so there's meat enough for the serious Tolkien afficianado.