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J.R.R. Tolkien, o Senhor da Fantasia reconta a vida de Tolkien, autor de clássicos como a trilogia O Senhor dos Anéis e O Hobbit, e considerado um dos maiores autores de fantasia de todos os tempos. A biografia acompanha a vida e a trajetória do escritor, começando por sua infância na África do Sul, seguida do retorno da família para a Inglaterra. Os Tolkien estabeleceram- ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published May 25th 2013 by DarkSide Books (first published 2001)
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Gary
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Over 100 million copies of the Lord of the Rings and 60 million copies of the Hobbit have been sold around the world. Each of these books have been translated into 30 languages including Serbo-Croat, Icelandic, Hebrew and Russian.
Tolkien's works were a major component of 1960's hippie culture, and hundreds of Tolkien societies have flourished all over the world. With the release of the smash hit Lord of the Rings movie series, a new wave of Tolkienmania has swept the world, and a welcome develop
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Francesco Scarlata
Finisco di scrivere questa recensione e comincio “Il Signore degli Anelli”, promesso!Qualche giorno fa ero in libreria e mi sono fermato a curiosare davanti allo scaffale del fantasy. Alzo lo sguardo e vedo alcuni volumi di Tolkien. Li guardo, ne prendo uno e inizio a sfogliare... ma lo faccio con poca attenzione. E scorrendo le pagine vedo mappe, illustrazioni, scritte in lingua elfica.
Mi ha sempre fatto un po’ paura Tolkien. Ho visto i film tratti dal suo capolavoro, sono rimasto incantato di
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Josep Marti
Well researched book, although I hated the author's pseudo-psychoanalysis of Tolkien. No, Tolkien wasn't Catholic because some motherless trauma nor all the other claims the author makes. Sometimes people go to the restroom because they need to and not because their subconsciousness tells them to. Besides the Freudian inventions, there was one little problem: no, C.S Lewis didn't have an affair with the woman he lived with during his college years. Humprey Carpenter's research on this matter is ...more
Bülent Özgün
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keyifle okunan bilgilendirici bir kitaptı. Yazarın üslubu ve seçtiği bilgileri birleştiriş biçimi güzeldi. Tolkien'in hayatına dair çok şey öğrendim.

Çocukluğu, gençliği, eğitimi, ailesi, savaş yılları, akademisyen olarak yaşadığı zorluklar, evliliği, parasızlığı, sürekli taşınmak zorunda kalmaları, dostlukları (özellikle C. S. Lewis'le), yazma şevki, titizliği, hırsı ve daha bir çok konu genel hatlarıyla anlatılıyor. Zaten ilginç bir yaşam Tolkien'inki ama Michael White keyif veren ilginç anekd
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Leslie
A decent overview of the major events of Tolkien's life but nothing particularly insightful. Although it's billed as a critical life, there's nothing here resembling literary criticism. White's idea of a thoughtful response to the accusation that The Lord of the Rings is written for adolescent boys is to say, oh yeah? Well lots of girls read it, too, so there. Which rather misses the point. There are real answers to that accusation, but White doesn't provide them. The copyediting is terrible, an ...more
Tomislav Škrljac
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vrlo dobar prikaz života jednog velikog pisca. Iako posjeduje očitu dozu pristranosti jednog obožavatelja, ne izbjegava nabrojati loše osobine osobe čiji život prezentira.
Ipak, zadnjih dvadesetak godina života zaslužilo je opširniji osvrt.
Glenio Madruga
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Biografia rápida, para quem quer saber mais do autor sem se embrenhar em detalhes enfadonhos da vida que, até para J.R.R. Tolkien, existiram.
Thom Willis
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, 2015
First things first: I am new to the biography game. This is part of my attempt to break into the business. I actually picked up this book probably sometime in high school, but didn't get around to reading it until this summer. Which has probably worked out for the best.

This was a bad biography. I am primarily comparing it to the bio of C. S. Lewis I read last summer by his friend George Sayer, which was a fantastic work. I really felt as if I had got into the mind of Lewis, and this was aided mo
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Jim Syler
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-earth
If this book were to be summed up in one word, it would be: Shallow.

That doesn't mean that it's bad, necessarily, just that it is certainly nothing like an in-depth treatment. It bounces between considering Tolkien's life, his personality, and his work, without giving a truly satisfactory account of any of these.

This may be precisely what you want if you want a relatively brief and breezily-written overview of Tolkien, his life, and his work, but if you're looking for fodder for serious study,
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Roxana
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading about Tolkien's life was absolutely amaizing and interesting. I learned a lot about the genius who invented a complete other world for his readers.
Loosing his father and then his mother in a very young age, his life wasn't easy. He blame his mother death for the reyect that their family react when her mother decided to became Catholic, that feeling made him a Catholic believer to the point that he made his wife became Catholic in order to marry her.
There is a lot to say about his life
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Peter N.
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last decade has seen an amazing resurgence in interest in J.R.R. Tolkien. His Lord of the Rings books and the Hobbit have been pushed back into the center of the publishing world by Hollywood and Peter Jackson. I love his books. My children love his books. But unlike C.S. Lewis, Tolkien’s life has been a relative mystery to me. I enjoyed reading this short biography. I am not sure how accurate it is because it is the only information I have read on Tolkien. It is not comprehensive. It covers ...more
K.H.
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, tolkien
Nothing new whatsoever at all here compared to Carpenter's biography - which still stands as probably the best book about Tolkien yet written. This book was obviously commissioned to coincide with the release of the films and the author does little to make this anything more than an overview of Tolkien's life with no real emotion or opinion. The most impressive thing about it, at least the version I read, was the cover.

Fans interested in learning about the man who created Middle-Earth would do
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John Nebauer
A good biography overall, though not superior to Humphrey Carpenter's earlier work. White is not an uncritical admirer, but he does attempt to deal with the main criticisms leveled at Tolkien's work. He might have read some of Ursula le Guin's essays in 'The Language of the Night'on why Lord of the Rings is not just 'for adolescent boys'.

The work is marred by some poor editing (uninterested and disinterested are not interchangeable). There are also a number of factual errors that, though not cen
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Harker US Library
Michael White inserts his own interpretations of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings as he describes the life of their famed creator, J. R. R. Tolkien. From the death of his parents, to his distressing experiences on the battlefields of the First World War, to his tumultuous relationship with fellow author C. S. Lewis, Tolkien and his life are documented and analyzed in full in this biography. I found the explanation of Tolkien’s writing process, which he called “sub-creation,” particularly fas ...more
Shaleen
Dec 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was most interested in his relationship with C.S. Lewis and this book was very enlightening. I never knew why it took him so long to finish the Lord of the Rings, but the more I found out about his personality, the more it made sense.
Jess Tait
Really interesting, now I want to re-read all his books for the gazillionth time.
Nick
Dec 20, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
This was a decent intro to Tolkien's life but it left me wanting more. Nice if you want a fly-by but not a deep immersion.
Fernanda
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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Krysta
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because the book isn't well cited, much of what the author writes seems like speculation. How do we know how Edith was feeling if there are no quotes from friends, diaries, or letters? Does the author just think she ought to feel patronized? And how does he know that Mrs. Moore was C. S. Lewis's lover when most scholars agree there's little evidence either way? Does he just think that's more interesting when drawing a contrast between Lewis and Tolkien?

There's also a lot of unconvincing pyschoa
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Carla Coelho
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A imaginação e capacidade de trabalho subjacentes a O senhor dos anéis sempre me encantaram. Por isso, há muito que queria conhecer a vida do seu criador, J.R.R.Tolkien. Este livro de Michael White é um trabalho completo e rigoroso que nos dá a conhecer o homem por de trás das aventuras dos hobbits e outras figuras maravilhosas que povoam a Terra Média. Passa pela sua infância infeliz, pela sua história de amor com Edith, pianista frustrada que com ele criou uma família, onde Tolkien se revelou ...more
Arthur Marchetto
As (sub)criações de J.R.R. Tolkien

Segundo Tolkien, a invenção do adjetivo foi poderosíssima: “nenhum feitiço ou mágica do Belo Reino é mais potente [que os adjetivos]”, disse ele em seu livro Sobre Histórias de Fadas. Assim, Tolkien continua, “podemos pôr um verde mortal no rosto de um homem e produzir horror, podemos fazer reluzir a rara e terrível lua azul, ou podemos fazer com que os bosques irrompam em folhas de prata e os carneiros tenham pelagem de ouro, e pôr o fogo quente no ventre do
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Andressa Soares
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Não é uma biografia extremamente completa, principalmente para fãs que já conhecem muito sobre o escritor, não há muita novidade aqui, nem material de pesquisa aprofundado. (Neste sentido seria melhor procurar a biografia escrita por Humprey Carpenter) Porém, foi uma leitura agradável.
Jan
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written and informative. I didn't realize how long he worked on the "The Lord of the Rings." Nor did I realize many of the aspects of his life. Glad I had the opportunity to read this book.
Lungi
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant account of the mind and man behind Middle Earth!
Stephen Tubbs
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, lit, wpl
It is not always flattering of Tolkien which is an indicator for me that the author has searched for the truth.
Guilherme Silva
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sou um grande fã do Tolkien e de toda a sua obra, portanto este livro sobre a história do autor e o processo criativo dos livros foi um adicional excelente a esse encantador universo que é a Terra Média. O livro é muito bem acabado e os detalhes da capa e das imagens são ótimos. Ver esta faceta de Tolkien como uma pessoa complicada e teimosa e como o processo de produção dos seus livros foi bem complexo e extremamente demorado, devido principalmente a teimosia e ao perfeccionismo do autor, foi m ...more
Marcos Felipe
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incrível! Além de ser uma ótima biografia sobre um escritor esplêndido, dá um ótimo panorama histórico e filosófico sobre a época que o Tolkien viveu e escreveu.
Com certeza tem de ser relido!
Felipe Guerrero
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muy bien profesor, siento que ahora lo conozco un poco mas y me siento mas cercano a su obra, fue un gran viaje para usted y toda una aventura, no es ningún misterio el por que se sentía como un hobbit, usted era un hobbit.

Me gustó mucho este libro y es la segunda biografía que leo en mi vida, la primera fue la de Leonardo Da Vinci, y la verdad es que la manera en que está escrita es muy amena, no es nada tediosa ni aburrida, pero aparte de eso pues es solo una biografía.

Al terminar de leerla me
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Kxv
"Seguramente leyó". "Es probable que conociera a". "Lo más seguro es que". En demasiadas partes de este libro destaca más el recurso a la suposición que el dato contrastado, puro y duro. Un gran problema para una biografía que pretende (al menos a eso aspira su autor) convertirse en la principal guía para conocer y comprender a JRR Tolkien. Digamos que es un buen resumen de la bio de Tolkien. Entra en todos los aspectos que debería cubrir una buena semblanza, pero la superficialidad de la aproxi ...more
Kimberly
Nov 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic biography of Tolkien and his career. It gave me many other books to look at. It covers his education and the many years of writing and revising of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This gives the man somewhat of a god-like status, although one also must realize the amount of agony and patience he had in writing such a fatastic set of books. Reading though some of the literature that inspired him also helps bring connections to events of the time, as well as the classical style o ...more
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Michael White is a British writer based in Sydney, Australia. He has been a science editor of British GQ, a columnist for the Sunday Express in London and, 'in a previous incarnation', he was a member of the band the Thompson Twins (1982).