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J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2004

    As informative as it can get

    I'm not sure what the last reviewer meant when s/he said 'Is LOTR racist?'. I personally think it's not up to Mr. Carpenter to bring such a question up in a BIOGRAPHY of JRR Tolkien.<p> Besides that point, I find it thoroughly fascinating and enjoyable from the start to the finish. For one, Mr. Carpenter has provided many detailed information on Tolkien's life; two, he included quotes, excerpts from letters, and bits from Tolkien's diary to 'give proof' about what he wrote is precisely true. I don't think anyone else can write a more complete biography of JRR Tolkien than Mr. Carpenter. I suppose the only drawback of it was the fact that he didn't specifically tell us exactly why and how Tolkien could come up with such wonderful stories. But then again, like he said at the end, these questions are 'certainly unanswerable in a book of this sort.'

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    Posted September 29, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    Religion of the World of Xtoski (bonous)

    Avara was born in a moonlit grove, the forbidden demigod child of a mortal and Zorgagroz. The child learned to lie alone, the world hunted her. One to bring this child back to Xtosk would have a huge prize. She bore back wings ane the ability to turn into a dragon. She had cosmic eyes and her name meant 'Spirit'. She wore boots of the Aqua-tree, the Celestial socks, and a black robe over all. She had the pendant of the RainbowSnake. Her life was spent running from her mother, her father, her step-father, and anyone else. She hid herself, never to show her face. She resembled a pygme dragon, as big as a chariot. She also has the Lunar gloves.

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  • Posted February 24, 2014

    There are other biographies of Tolkien, but none are so close to

    There are other biographies of Tolkien, but none are so close to the author himself or so detailed in the spirit of his work. This is the classic, and should be required reading for anyone interested in one of the greatest authors of the 20th century.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2003

    Carpenter Inspires

    I read this fine biography when I was a senior in high school. By that time, I had already become fiercely devoted to Tolkien's works. Tolkien's life, however, was as inspirational to me as his stories. Ten years later, I was a student at Oxford myself, studying literature. I had the pleasure of meeting Humphrey Carpenter there, who was giving a lecture on Lewis Carroll. I couldn't thank Professor Tolkien, but I was able to thank Mr. Carpenter for helping to change my life.

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