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Tolkien A Biography

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Over 100 million copies of the Lord of the Rings and 60 million copies of the Hobbit have been sold around the world Each of these books have been translated into 30 languages including Serbo Croat Icelandic Hebrew and RussianTolkien s works were a major component of 1960 s hippie culture and hundreds of Tolkien societies have flourished all over the world With the Beer Law: What Brewers Need to Know release of the smash hit Lord of the Rings movie series a new wave of Tolkienmania has swept the world and a welcome development too With the blurring of moral values we have seen inecent years we need an influence that makes the distinction between good and evil that shows that the forces of evil threatening the free world do not have to winIn this work Michael White delves into hte life of the creator of Middle Earth his birth in Bloemfontein South Africa the idyllic childhood in Sarehole England and his mother s conversion to Catholic Church and the tragic early death of his parents Tolkien s Catholic faith would be a major part of his entire lifeThe book covers the development of Tolkien s thought and literary tastes his GIS and Fr�uleins: The German-American Encounter in 1950s West Germany romance with Edith Bratt who was to be his wife for over 50 years his action in the British Army during the First World War and his academic career his long years as an Oxford Don and Professor of Anglo SaxonIt also covers the process behind the creation of Tolkien s most famous works the Hobbit the Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion and his lifelong creation the world of Middle Earth and the Undying LandsIt also tells of his membership of the club the Inklings which met for many years in the pub the Eagle and ChildThe book tells much of Tolkien s character and of the acclaim and criticism of Tolkien s work including theecent malicious libel against Tolkien the acist Tolkien the sexist and Tolkien the fascist by narrow minded politically correct bigotsUltimately the massive following Of Tolkien S Works Tolkien s works the spin offs they have inspired speak for themselvesLong live the spirit of JRR Tolkien A decent overview of the major events of Tolkien s life but nothing particularly insightful Although it s billed As A Critical Life a critical life s nothing here esembling literary criticism White s idea of a thoughtful Big Bad Detective Agency response to the accusation that The Lord of the Rings is written for adolescent boys is to say oh yeah Well lots of girlsead it too so there Which The Placer rather misses the point There areeal answers to that accusation but White doesn t provide them The copyediting is terrible and I wish someone woul. Pochi scrittori possono vantare la popolarità e il fascino durevole di Tolkien I suoi omanzi hanno venduto fino ad oggi oltre 160 milioni di copie e a loro si. D give White and his copyeditor if the publisher hired one a lesson in comma splices and the difference between uninterested and disinterested I finished this book in a day and enjoyed it immensely For a biography this book is short and
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a good focusing on tolkien himself and not the focusing on Tolkien himself and not the in his life Admittedly I would have liked to ead about Edith his wife and his children Perhaps I will pick up a detailed biography of Tolkien later but for now this greatly satisfied my curiosity Beautifully written First things first I am new to the biography game This is part of my attempt to break into the biography game This is part of my attempt to break into business I actually picked up this book probably sometime in high school but didn t get around to The Tattooist of Auschwitz (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, reading it until this summer Which has probably worked out for the bestThis was a bad biography I am primarily comparing it to the bio of C S Lewis Iead last summer by his friend George Sayer which was a fantastic work I Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness really felt as if I had got into the mind of Lewis and this was aided mostly by the numerous direct citations Sayer produced from Lewis himself and those who knew him In this work Michael White offered the bare minimum of direct uotations from Tolkien and his acuaintances While Sayer essentially presented his theories about Lewis interior life and then supplied the evidence supporting it and when appropriate alongside evidence against his theories White simply makes boldface assertions about Tolkien s likes and dislikes and very very occasionally his motivations At no point am I sure whether I meading his own opinion or certain fact or biographical consensus An easy example which is not actually about Tolkien is when White simply states that C S Lewis elationship with his house mate Mrs Moore was sexual and omantic calling her his mistress Thankfully I had ead Sayer s biography already and knew the arguments and evidence both for and against this hypothesis for it is an hypothesis and had already formed my own opinion based on the facts White asserts this fact in passing Having ead no other biographies of Tolkien I have no idea how many similar facts about the Professor he likewise assertsIf I may make a guess I would say that White has no eal eligious affiliation certainly he is not a Catholic and probably not an Anglican This occurs to me for two Der Bilderwächter reasons He claims well he states it as if it is true that Tolkien seligious fervor found its origin in his childhood when he witnessed his widowed and newly converted Catholic mother become ostracized by. Deve tanto l'origine uanto la fortuna di un intero genere narrativo la fantasy eroica In uesto volume Michael White ci conduce alle adici dell'immaginario di.
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Her Anglican Schätze Aus Dem Musée Picasso, Paris relations and in laws It is entirely possible that Tolkien s faith was greatly aeaction against this but I highly doubt that the man himself would have thought as much and although I have finished the book am still left uite curious as to what he did think or whether his thoughts on the subject are even Letters to Rollins recordedThe secondeason is that later in the book when discussing the eligious mileau of Tolkien s Middle earth White says that the Professor imposed various aspects of his Christian faith into his pagan universe Again I am left very suspicious as to whether imposed various aspects of his Christian faith into his pagan universe Again I am left very suspicious as to whether not Tolkien would agree with his biographer White make brief mention of Tolkien s theory of mythology and Christianity and faery tale at the inception of his biography but has apparently forgotten much of this subject by the time he eaches his analysis of the Lord of the Rings It sounds just as bizarre to me to say that Tolkien imposed aspects of Christianity upon his pagan world as it would be to say that Saint Paul imposed his experiences of Jesus Christ onto the writings found in the Old Testament Tolkien believed that the eality of the Triune God of Christianity shone through the pagan world just as much or at least nearly as much as it did through the Jewish world Whether or not folk believed in Him He still existed and exerted an influence albeit an influence cloaked and hidden in the poetic or philosophical language of the time So for ELEMENTS OF CHRISTIANITY TO BE DISCERNIBLE IN THE PRE of Christianity to be discernible in the pre world of Middle earth should be no surprise and certainly no imposition given the knowledge that Tolkien believed that elements of Christianity were indeed discernible in the pre Christian world of our EarthMoving on to the only part of this book that I enjoyed I will say that I actually enjoyed eading White write about the Lord of the Rings This book clearly came from a place of deep deep love and espect for the book It would seem that the publication of the Lord of the Rings is an actual miracle given all the trouble Tolkien had with publishers It is very easy to compare Tolkien with his cinematic counterpart George Lucas who likewise is notoriously cantankerous and tinkered almost obsessively with his works long after their eleaseTolkien is an intensely interesting figure My interest is not lessened in the slightest given that I have cause to believe I would not enjoy spending time with him at all I think the next biography I Unverified: A Novel read will another Tolkien I want to follow thisabbit hole as far as it goes. Tolkien l'infanzia tra Sudafrica e Inghilterra la prematura scomparsa dei genitori la carriera accademica a Oxford l'a per Edith Bratt e l'amicizia con C S Lewi. .