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This book gave me a much greater understanding of Tolkien as an author in the 20th century context. Shippey also talks a lot about Tolkien's other stories and poems. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peter
This book is really an exceptionally well-written view of JRR Tolkien. As a dedicated Tolkien fan, I read just about everything by and about him, and Shippey's insightful angle of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by ''
A very insightful look at the creator one of the most extensive and incredible literary worlds in history. From humble and troubled beginnings to a Don of Anglo-Saxon. Read morePublished 5 months ago by F. Lombardo
Good book, well organized (only 4/5 for the summary, that could have been more detailed).
The author tries to describe Tolkien from his works. Hard sometimes, but worthwhile!
If you are looking for a Tolkien biography or the behind-the-scenes, dramatic story of how ‘Lord of the Rings’ got written, you won’t find it here. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tuckerby
This is an excellent book on Tolkien and his work, only bettered by Shippey's more in-depth look in The Road to Middle-Earth. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kindle Customer
I really enjoyed this book - it is often easy for such books to get bogged down in the discussion of their subject, but for the most part Shippey avoids this, if only because he... Read morePublished 19 months ago by bookworm
I have followed Tom Shippey's work on Tolkien for years, and I feel that JRRT: Author of the Century is, for me, his best, as much as I like The Journey to Middle-earth. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Don Riggs
This book functions as a key to helping the reader understand Tolkien's purposes and meanings in his major writings. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jason G