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The book begins in pre war England with J.R.R. Tolkien and his small cluster of friends.
So to sum up my total reaction - While liked this book and I greatly admire him and his work, I will never be tempted to try to read any other of his books.
This excellently researched book gives a look into Tolkien's war experience and provides a lot of insight into the environment which spawned his mythology.
John Garth’s account of Tolkien’s wartime experiences makes for one of the best books about Tolkien, and the Inklings in general, yet written. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jonathan-Paul Hooper
This is a beautiful book. The best Tolkienian reading for this year 2014.Published 1 month ago by José Hernández
Brilliant intellectual and literary study of the formative period in the life of one of the most beloved authors of the second half of the twentieth century.Published 2 months ago by Vincent the Collector
Good research on Tolkein's youth and his ordeal in the Great War. Provides insight into Tolkein's ideas.Published 3 months ago by David Gill
The books postscript was more interesting than the rest of the book, The author took too long getting to his point & when he finally got to the W.W. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lynette Newby
Very well worth reading, a serious effort to see how WWI shaped Tolkien and his writings. The focus is tight, the information relevant. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Don Quickoats
The short version is that this is a biography of JRR Tolkien during his time just prior to and during WWI, and how his time in the trenches affected his mythology. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mandi M. Lynch
This book is mainly for people really digging into Tolkien studies. Indeed, he was a rare author that warrants such study. Read morePublished 21 months ago by OtherWorlds&Wisdom
Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth" by John Garth is not a full-scale biography of Tolkien, it is rather an examination of his experiences during World War... Read morePublished on July 9, 2012 by Jeanette Finan