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Tolkien and the Great War by John Garth
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Mar 19, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction

Even if you're not a fan of Tolkien, this is a facinating biography of Edwardian England. The biography follows Tolkien and his three best friends, all incredibly talented and literate in a way that only this generation really was, having met at public school at the height of Britain's classical public school system. The biography charts the origins of both his fiction and his scholarship (Tolkien held one of the most prestigious chairs at Oxford and his scholarship on medieval language is still read by graduate students) but it is also an incredibly touching portrait of four friends and the suffering that was inflicted on men of a certain historical moment by one of history's most senseless wars. This biography will give you a very good sense of both this man and this moment as well as giving you a new angle from which to see his fiction. I am not usually an avid reader of biography, but I couldn't put this down.
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