Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth
"A highly intelligent book ... Garth displays impressive skills both as researcher and writer." -- Max Hastings
"It is a strange story that Garth tells, but he tells it clearly and compellingly." -- Tom Shippey
"Somewhere, I think, Tolkien is nodding in appreciation." -- Charles Matthews, ...more
_Tolkien and the Great War_ is an obviously well-researched book that goes into explicit (at times I must admit tedious) detail on J. R. R. Tolkien’s involvement in World War I and its possible impact on his then-current and later writings. We begin by observing Tolkien’s earliest close friendships formed at
The man is a genius, not just a literary genius, but an absolute linguistic pedant. I finished this book simply fascinated and now I want to learn Norse, Welsh, Latin, and Greek. Not only have I gained a better understanding of the warfront during WWI, but I also appreciate the gifts Tolkien gave to us more than ever. I will cherish this book. A perfect audio read becau ...more
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This book was based all around the time he spent in the army and it's effect on his writing. It seemed very logical for his war experiences to be portrayed in his writing some way, so I agree with the author. Also I was happy that they went not only into detail about Tolkien's war experience, but also Rob Gilson's, G.B. Smith's and Christopher Wi ...more
— J.R.R. Tolkien, forward to The Lord of the Rings
World War I represented everything Tolkien hated: the destruction of nature, the deadly application of technology, the abuse and corrupt ...more
An excellent read for this Tolkien fan! Thanks again for recommending and gifting it to me, Mary! :) <3
This being non-fiction, and me not reading non-f ...more
2018: Answering the unbidden call to read this again (perhaps it was a necessary way to ...more
I'll be honest: I find Tolkien's writing to be difficult at times, and this book felt like it was written by Tolkien's literary brother. I read the book in fits and starts because it often felt like I was reading a textbook.
Despite this, I enjoyed the book thoroughly. I found it to be a thorough and informative look at Tolkien and the experiences that molded him and his mythology. And for history buffs, it offered a glimps ...more
We are often told that war ma ...more
This book is not what I really expected. I thought I was going to read War Stories of J.R.R. Tolkien and how that became a factor in shaping Middle-Earth. It was more of a combination of Literary History, Military History and Biography, focusing more on Literary.
John Garth explains the pieces of literature that in ...more
This was recommended to me by Dave Llewellyn-Dodds, one of the small community of regular commenters on Brenton Dickieson’s blog, A Pilgrim in Narnia. It is an excellent and well written analysis of how Tolkien’s experiences just prior to, and during, the First World War, fed into his creative process. It does not try to claim that there is any direct allegory (as any serious fan of Tolkien knows, he hated allegory) but rather explores how his vision of Middle-Earth was deepened and expanded by...more
The author takes us through Tolkien's life, exploring in great detail his relationship with his three friends of the "TCBS." I felt at times this discussion dragged on and chased a ...more
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, Quen ...more
When I first read it three years ago, I’m sure I didn’t even absorb half of all the excellent content. In the ensuing years I’ve accrued a lot more knowledge about Tolkien’s life and works from other sources, enabling the content of Garth’s book to shine out even more clearly.
Garth’s description of the TCBS members, their ideas, and their experiences in the Great War is moving a ...more
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