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|Chapter 1||A personal journey||21|
|Chapter 2||Beginnings and endings||35|
|Chapter 3||The temple of Nodens at Lydney Park, Gloucestershire||49|
|Chapter 4||The Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall||75|
|Chapter 5||Oxford, Sarehole, Moseley, Birmingham||95|
|Chapter 6||The Ribble Valley, Lancashire||117|
|Chapter 7||Cheddar Gorge, Somerset; Brill, Buckinghamshire||139|
|Chapter 8||The Berkshire Downs||153|
|Chapter 9||Rollright, Oxfordshire/Warwickshire||179|
|Chapter 10||Fonthill, Wiltshire||189|
Posted June 15, 2004
An excellent guide to Tolkien's life and to his profound feeling for English history and myth as revealed in the English landscape. As you read the book you get a strong sense of the different places in England that Tolkien knew and loved and also of how he drew on that love to inspire his work. Recommended for anyone interested in finding out more about Tolkien.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 12, 2004
A must read for anyone who loves Lord of the Rings. Tony Lyons explores the places that Tolkien visited during his lifetime and their possible inspirational links to his writings. He makes frequent reference to his earlier unpublished works that I found fascinating. Although Tolkien opposed a direct translation of life's experiences and places into Middle Earth, we can see a love for his country was near the heart of his books. There have been many scholarly titles on Tolkien and Middle Earth. This should rank among the very best.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.