John Garth

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Tolkien and the Great War: ...

3.70 avg rating — 6,281 ratings — published 2003 — 20 editions
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Tolkien at Exeter College: ...

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the grand tour john garth

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Boy Scouts on the Trail

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The Ring Goes On: Proceedin...

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Tolkien. La luce e l'ombra

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J.R.R. Tolkien: Fantázia és...

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Tolkien and the Great War by John Garth
"I read Tolkien and the Great War as part of a group read with the Tolkien group on Goodreads, and I'm so glad I did. I've read a lot of books about Tolkien, and this is one of the very best. Garth delves into the biographical details of Tolkien's..." Read more of this review »
Tolkien and the Great War by John Garth
"I actually really enjoyed this book. Other books about Tolkien seem to skip over the time he spent in WWI. They talk briefly about it and then move on.
This book was based all around the time he spent in the army and it's effect on his writing. It..." Read more of this review »
Tolkien and the Great War by John Garth
"This is a necessary book - worth reading not just for the inside dope on Tolkien's mythology (which frankly I'm not that interested in, but the book was compelling anyway). This book is also a thoughtful, sensitive, well-written consideration of t..." Read more of this review »
Tolkien and the Great War by John Garth
"DOES ANYONE REALIZE HOW CLOSE WE WERE TO LOSING TOLKIEN?!?!?? Can you imagine a world without his Hobbits, his elves, his orcs?
The man is a genius, not just a literary genius, but an absolute linguistic pedant. I finished this book simply fascina..." Read more of this review »
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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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