“J.R.R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend” by Colin Duriez

J. R. R. Tolkien:  The Man Behind the Books!

JRRPerfect for Tolkien enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes, this delightful and accessible biography brings the enigma behind The Lord of the Rings franchise to life.

Long before the successful The Lord of the Rings films, J.R.R. Tolkien’s creations, imagination, and characters had already captured the hearts and minds of millions of readers. But who was the man who dreamt up the intricate languages and perfectly crafted world of Middle-earth? Tolkien had a difficult life for many years—orphaned and poor, his guardian forbade him from communicating with the woman he had fallen in love with, and he also suffered through the horrors of World War I. An intensely private and brilliant scholar, he spent more than 50 years working on the languages, history, peoples, and geography of Middle-earth, with a consistent mythology and body of legends inspired by a formidable knowledge of early northern European history and culture. J.R.R. Tolkien became a legend by creating an imaginary world that has enthralled and delighted generations.


About the Author:

Colin_DuriezColin Duriez has appeared as a commentator on extended DVDs of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings, and BBC television’s The Worlds of Fantasy. He is also the author of The Inklings Handbook (with the late David Porter), J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Story of Their Friendship, and Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings, and has contributed to definitive reference works, The Tolkien Encyclopedia and a number of other tomes relating to J.R.R. Tolkien.


My Review:

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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