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    The original authorised biography, and the only one written by an author who actually met J. R. R. Tolkien.

    In the 25 years since Tolkien’s death in September 1973, millions have read The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion and become fascinated about the very private man behind the books.

    Born in Bloemfontein in January 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was orphaned in childhood, brought up in near poverty and almost thwarted in adolescent romance. He served in the First World War, surviving the Battle of the Somme, where he lost some of his closest friends, and returned to academic life, achieving high repute as a scholar and university teacher, eventually becoming Merton Professor of English at Oxford.

    Then suddenly his life changed dramatically. One day while marking essay papers he found himself writing 'In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit' - and worldwide renown awaited him.

    Humphrey Carpenter was given unrestricted access to all Tolkien’s papers and interviewed his friends and family. From these sources he follows the long and painful process of creation that produced The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion and offers a wealth of information about the life and work of the 20th century's most cherished author.

    ©2018 Humphrey Carpenter (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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    • Asgeir Beinteinsson
    • 13/09/2019

    The Hobbiter

    This biography is far the best I have read of Tolkiens life because it is full of speculation, like the author is with you and having Tea. It does shed light on the relationship between the man and his creation. It is charming, warm and so true. I Thank the author and narrator for bringing Tolkien to life.

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    • Aleksander Paul
    • 04/06/2020

    Biografie eines einzigartigen Mannes

    Jeder der Tolkien gelesen hat kann bereits erahnen, dass die Lebensgeschichte dieses einzigartigen Autoren nicht weniger interessant sein kann. In der Tat berichtet Carpenter sehr detailliert über die wichtigsten Etappen, Beziehungen und anderem Nennenswerten aus dem Leben Tolkiens. Diesem "einfachen" Mann, der von seiner Faszination zu Sprachen und seiner Überzeugung als gläubiger Katholik Meisterwerke für die Ewigkeit schuf, wurde hier ein durchaus gelungenes Werk gewidmet. Lesens-/hörenswert bis zum letzten Satz.