John Garth

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Tolkien and the Great War: ...

3.72 avg rating — 6,586 ratings — published 2003 — 26 editions
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The Worlds of J. R. R. Tolk...

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Tolkien at Exeter College: ...

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Tolkien. La luce e l'ombra

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Tolkien's Worlds by John  Garth
"This is an absolutely gorgeous book. Even though Quarto Publishing Group was kind enough to gift an ebook copy through NetGalley, I will definitely be purchasing this as a physical copy in the future. I just don’t think ebook does this book the justi" Read more of this review »
Tolkien and the Great War by John  Garth
"Brilliant, well researched, insightful - and, at times, inspiring

Author John Garth provides a meticulous and methodical analysis of what happened to Tolkien and his friends in the years just prior to and during Work War I, showing in a clear, deeply " Read more of this review »
Tolkien and the Great War by John  Garth
"Excellent. Although I come from a class of reader who actively avoids the biographies of beloved authors, nevertheless I feel that this book has enriched my understanding of Tolkien for the better. I feel like I was given a rare glimpse into a group " Read more of this review »
Tolkien and the Great War by John  Garth
"A very good examination of Prof. Tolkien’s time up to and in the Great War and how it impacted his philology and writing endeavors. Would recommend."
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“To put the last point another way, writers such as Graves, Sassoon, and Owen saw the Great War as the disease, but Tolkien saw it as merely the symptom.”
John Garth, Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth

“Tolkien came to regard the tale of Beren and Tinuviel as 'the first example of the motive (to become dominant in Hobbits) that the great policies of world history, "the wheels of the world", are often turned not by the Lords and Governors, even gods, but by the seemingly unknown and weak'. Such a worldview is inherent in the fairy-tale (and Christian) idea of the happy ending in which the dispossessed are restored to joy; but perhaps Tolkien was also struck by the way it had been borne out in the Great War, when ordinary people stepped out of ordinary lives to carry the fate of nations.”
John Garth, Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth

“has a knee-jerk tendency to avoid extremes as implausible, but ‘fantasy’ actively embraces them. It magnifies and clarifies the human condition.”
John Garth, Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth

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