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If you want to learn about Tolkien as a author and the basics of his life it is a good book to add to a collection. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rebecca Graham
I was prompted to read his book after watching the appendices from the five-disc sets to the three Hobbit movies and the five-disc sets to the three Lord Of The Rings movies. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Pen Name
Loved every page, but admit it is definitely for the Tolkien lover. Shippey is especially well-suited to write a Tolkien biography, having served in the same academic positions as... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Joseph Mitchell
Love to read a well-written book on a topic that the author clearly is devoted to. Doesn't hurt that I have been a LOTR fan since I first read it as a girl of 14. Read morePublished 12 months ago by cprkwy8
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 13 months 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 14 months ago by ''
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 19 months ago by Tuckerby