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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 29 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
- Audible.com Release Date: April 28, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0056ZV0A8
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Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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After reading this, I feel I have a much greater understanding of Tolkien and his works and interests. I knew, of course, that he had fought in WWI and that it had a profound impact on his life (losing most of his friends) and viewpoint. I was not aware that it was during this time that he was doing a great deal of work developing his original languages, Quenya and Sindarin, not to mention his myths which form the background of Middle-Earth.
It's been many years since I read _The Silmarillion_ and I've only read bits and pieces of the other posthumous works, so I was pleased by how readable this book was to a non-scholar.
Clearly, the greatest contribution of this work is the impact of the loss of half of the TCBS upon Tolkien - and the fact that these were the other two land-serving WWI officers of the small group, besides Tolkien himself. Tolkien was a member of several well-knit academic/social all-male groups, including the TCBS and much later the Inklings. When he entered such groupings after WWI, he did so after this poignant TCBS experience. That had to have affected his Inklings, and other friend-group, experiences. After the dissolution of the TCBS, he may have felt that he carried w/ him an obligation to literarily produce not for one only, but for the absent two TCBS members as well. And it may have also made him more reserved and hesitant in his friendships.