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Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth

Paperback. Pub Date :2011-04-28 Pages: 416 Language: English Publisher: HarperCollins Acclaimed as 'the best book about Tolkien'. this award-winning biography explores JRRTolkien's wartime experiences and their impact on his life and his writing of The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings.To be caught in youth by 1914 was no less hideous an experience than in 1939 ... by 1918 all but one of my close friends were dead.So JRRTolkien responded to critics who saw The Lord of the Rings as a reaction to the Second World War.Tolkien and the Great War tells for the first time the full story of how he embarked on the creation of Middle-earth in his youth as the world around him was plunged into catastrophe.This biography reveals the horror and heroism that he experienced as a signals officer in the Battle of the Somme and introduces the circle of friends who spurred his mythology to life...

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