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Tolkien and the Great War by John Garth
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it was amazing
bookshelves: tolkien, biography

A deeply moving book, well-written, detailed, it cogently draws out the threads of the influence of Tolkien's wartime experiences on his writings. Garth ends with showing how the landscapes, tone and themes of The Lord of the Rings are firmly based on WWI. Highly recommended if you are interested in the roots of Tolkien's fiction and is a welcome addition to his authorised biography by Humphrey Carpenter.
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Reading Progress

April 8, 2009 – Shelved
April 12, 2009 – Shelved as: tolkien
April 12, 2009 – Shelved as: biography
April 30, 2011 – Started Reading
April 30, 2011 –
page 33
8.29%
May 10, 2011 –
page 104
26.13%
May 12, 2011 –
page 161
40.45% "Listening to John Garth read about the July 1916 Battle of the Somme, when one feels that one knows Tolkien and the rest of the TCBS, was incredibly moving. Garth includes details of their experiences in barracks, the trenches and the offensive, gathered from personal letters and other wartime papers, that bring the narrative alive that other history books do not manage to do."
May 22, 2011 –
page 398
100.0% "A deeply moving book, well-written, detailed, it cogently draws out the threads of the influence of Tolkien's wartime experiences on his writings. Garth ends with showing how the landscapes, tone and themes of The Lord of the Rings are firmly based on WWI. Highly recommended if you are interested in the roots of Tolkien's fiction and is a welcome addition to his authorised biography by Humphrey Carpenter."
May 22, 2011 – Finished Reading

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