A very readable companion, this Brief Guide includes everything J.R.R. Tolkien: a brief biography, a critical view of Tolkien and what the literati think of him, his profession as a linguist, how Beowulf and other works influenced him, how he invented the nomenclatures and languages for Middle-earth, and much more.
Tolkien was a bookisk, pipe-smoking, bike-riding Oxford don-most at home with his “Inkling” friends such as C. S. Lewis-but his Lord of the Rings trilogy-reached a vast new audience through the 1960s countercultural movement, even if Tolkien himself wasn’t entirely happy about this. Now Peter Jackson’s blockbuster films, most recently The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, continue to introduce Middle Earth to a new army of fans. This wide-ranging and very readable guide to Tolkien’s life and work examines the impetus to fantasy of the author’s experiences in the First World War, the influence of his professional career as a philologist on his intricately imagined fantasy world, the challenges in filming Tolkien’s vision, and his hugely significant legacy to the writers who came after him. This Book Has Not Been Authorized, Prepared, Approved, Licensed, or Endorsed by the J. R. R. Tolkien Estate Ltd, or by Any of the Publishing Companies Associated with the Literary Works Written by J. R. R. Tolkien. Book jacket