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J. R. R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    Having never read a book by J.R.R. Tolkien, I found Colin Durie

    Having never read a book by J.R.R. Tolkien, I found Colin Duriez’s book about Tolkien one of great enlightenment, set in a manner that was both intriguing and interesting. For those who have read Tolkien’s books, but know little about his background, this will be a satisfying read, understanding the mind behind the stories.

    The very personal aspects of Tolkien’s life will resonate with some, and bring wonderment at how he used his life to create the worlds in his books. His brilliant mind intrigued me personally as to how he interpreted his everyday life and language, and projected it into his stories. Family was of great importance to him, though at times it seems he was away a lot. His romantic side was satisfying as well, waiting as he did to marry his first love.

    Times were difficult, but he made the most of everything thrown his way. He pursued his dream until he happened. Getting to know the J.R.R. Tolkien was inspirational for me.

    This book was provided by Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was received.

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  • Posted January 8, 2013

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    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, know as J. R. R. was born on 3 Januar

    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, know as J. R. R. was born on 3 January 1892, in Southern Africa. He was the first son of Arthur and Mabel, and was joined by a brother Hilary on 17 February 1894.
    Both boys had a had sad beginning, loosing their Dad in 1896, and their Mom to Diabetes, there was no treatment. They became the wards of a priest, and soon lived with a woman who gave them room and board...that is it. How sad, and yet each point of his life shows the rich mind he possessed, and later shows up in bits and pieces in his writings.
    Love the reference to Hobbit, that came from his travels to Interlaken in Switzerland. What a mind he had, and was able to share with the World. He had in his lifetime become friends with C. S. Lewis, a former Atheist who came to know the Lord many think because of Tolkien.
    He fell in love with Edith as a child, and later pursues her as a young man. I personally enjoyed this story, and bringing this man to life in my mind. He started out with such a harsh life, but the talent of this man is legendary.
    Enjoy!

    I received this book from Kregel, and was not required to give a positive review.

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