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-Quicklet on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit
-J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography
Here are brief excerpts from each below. Buy them together and save over 40% off the combined price!
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From Quicklet on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit:
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in South Africa on January 3, 1892, but he had his true homecoming when his mother brought him back to the English countryside. While in South Africa, Tolkien was once temporarily kidnapped by an African who wanted to show off a white baby to his friends. After the dry lands and heat of Africa, Tolkien compared the calm, pleasant Sarehole to a “Christmas tree.”
Tolkien’s father died when he was three, and his mother brought him and his brother home to Sarehole. There, Tolkien received an education in the beauty of the land and the beauty of words. He attributed his love of philology to his mother, and the love of the earth to Sarehold, which he called a “lost paradise.”
Tolkien received a B.A. in 1915 at Oxford, served in WWI, and then returned to Oxford for an M.A. He became a Professor of English Language at Leeds University and Oxford, where a former student said that he displayed some hobbit-like qualities.
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From J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography:
World War One broke out in 1914, while Tolkien was still at Oxford. He completed his degree in 1915, and then he enlisted in the British army as a Second Lieutenant. While in the military, Tolkien continued to develop his writing style as well as his fanciful languages. After four months of war, Tolkien contracted a serious infection that forced him to return home to England.
Tolkien's harrowing experiences on the battlefield during World War One also seem to have had a profound influence on his greatest writings. Tolkien experienced what was known at that time as "shell shock," a period of depression and erratic behavior that was due to the emotional and psychological stresses of war.
Scholar Janet Brennan Croft writes of Tolkien's experience with and understanding of conflict, "Such experiences and events led Tolkien to a complex attitude toward war and military leadership, the themes of which find their way into his most important writings. His fiction, criticism, and letters demonstrate a range of attitudes that would change over the course of his life. In the end, his philosophy on human nature and evil, and the inevitability of conflict, would appear to be pragmatic and rational, if regretful and pessimistic. Still, we are able to uncover a strain of hopefulness, as befitted his Catholicism, about the ultimate fate of the human soul."