J. R. R. Tolkien: Master of Imaginary Worlds

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J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most popular authors in modern-day publishing. Since it was first published in 1937, Tolkien's The Hobbit has stayed in print continuously and has sold more than 40 million copies. Tolkien followed The Hobbit with his The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which boosted the genre of fantasy literature to new heights of popularity. Most recently, New Line Cinema's three-part The Lord of the Rings series of films, directed by Peter Jackson, have earned a tremendous amount of both critical and ...
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Overview

J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most popular authors in modern-day publishing. Since it was first published in 1937, Tolkien's The Hobbit has stayed in print continuously and has sold more than 40 million copies. Tolkien followed The Hobbit with his The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which boosted the genre of fantasy literature to new heights of popularity. Most recently, New Line Cinema's three-part The Lord of the Rings series of films, directed by Peter Jackson, have earned a tremendous amount of both critical and popular acclaim. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was a scholar of the English language and mythology. His interest in languages led him to develop his own language based loosely on Finnish and Welsh. Eventually, Tolkien began to create a mythology around this original language, which evolved into his now-famous books. In this new title in the "Authors Teens Love" series, Edward Willett examines Tolkien's amazing life and career.

Examines the personal life and literary career of the author of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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The success of the motion picture mega hit Lord of the Rings has sparked an interest in all things Tolkien. Teens familiar only with the movie or who have read the Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit are offered a fascinating glimpse into the life of the man behind these masterpieces. Willett's chronology of Tolkien's' life looks deeply into the events of his life and the influence they had on his writing. After leaving Africa, his birthplace, Ronald (as he was called) and his brother and mother settled in a small pastoral village that shaped his image of the shire. It was his fascination with language, particularly Finnish and Germanic dialects, that prompted him to invent his own languages and this in turn prompted the wring of the fantastic legends. Willett describes a life far from dull as he relates Tolkien's orphaned childhood, WWI battlefield service, a courtship forbidden my his guardian (it resulted in a 55-year marriage), his work on the Oxford English Dictionary, and his teaching at Oxford. Readers may be surprised to learn that Tolkien was a great procrastinator and his seventeen-year odyssey writing Lord of the Rings can be attributed to his lax nature more than anything else. This book examines the body of Tolkien's work and should provoke those familiar only with the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings to sample some of his other writing. This is not the definitive biography, but certainly a solid introduction for his teen devotees. Photos are for the most part stills from the motion picture with a few late-in-life pictures of the man himself. The book included well-documented source notes, a timeline, and a complete list of his major works. Ofparticular interest may be the appended "In His Own Words" with Tolkien's thoughts on his writings and their impact on a reader. This book is a volume in the series "Authors Teens Love." 2004, Enslow, Ages 14 to 18.
—Beverley Fahey
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Gr 6-9-Both of these books look fairly scholarly in that they are all black and white and shades of gray. The few photos are captioned, often dark, and merely decorative. Shaded sidebar quotes or information boxes most often repeat what is on or near the page on which they appear. Mass opens every chapter with a quote, many from Bradbury himself. Both books have a section titled "In His Own Words" that contains additional quotes from the featured writer. Tolkien's words are grouped by theme. Bradbury's responses came from an interview conducted by Mass. The author includes details about Bradbury's life that influenced his writing and notes his numerous awards and honors. In Tolkien, readers learn about the writer's accomplishments as well as his family. Both of these serviceable titles contain enough facts for report writers.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766022461
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Series: Authors Teens Love Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

1. "In a Hole in the Ground There Lived a Hobbit" 5
2. Out of Africa 10
3. School Days--and Tragedy 19
4. Ronald and Edith 28
5. Marriage and War 34
6. The Stories Begin 48
7. The Lord of the Rings Takes Shape 58
8. Frodo Lives! 77
9. Tolkien Lives! 91
In His Own Words 98
Timeline 104
Major Works 108
Selected Additional Works 109
Words to Know 111
Chapter Notes 113
Further Reading 123
Internet Addresses 124
Index 125
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