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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 3 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 4 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 6 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 7 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 12 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 18 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 23 months ago by bookworm