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This is a scholarly book which sets out to pinpoint with accuracy where Tolkien actually went during these very formative years which he spent in East Yorkshire while recovering from "trench fever" (acquired on the Somme). The primary locations include well known Hull locations including the army hospital on Cottingham Road; then on to Hornsea, Roos, Thirtle Bridge, Withernsea, Kilnsea etc. Discover where and when Tolkien developed the Elvish language as well as the Gnomish language (Goldogrin), as well as some of the probable influences on his throught. Read of Edith's dancing in a woodland glade at Roos and how "The Silmarillian" came to be. That, and tons more information on this crucial formative stage in Tolkien's life.
5.0 out of 5 starsPerfect book for die-hard JRRT lovers!
3 July 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
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This short book by Phil Mathison is not another LotR study. The topic of this study is very narrow - and that is good! The book title ("Tolkien in East Yorkshire 1917-1918") reflects the topic well and the author inquires into it pretty deep (taking into account lack of information of that period of JRRT's life). I can recommend this book only to die-hard JRRT fans, and only after other books (first of all "Biography" by H. Carpenter, "The Road to Middle-Earth" by T.A.Shippey, "Tolkien and the Great War" by J. Garth and may be "Tolkien and the Peril of War" by R.S.Blackham). "Tolkien in East Yorkshire" is not a bad book, it's just very narrow-focused short book.