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Shown Left: J. R. R. Tolkien Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to His Life, Writings, and World of Middle...
Author: Colin Duriez
Paperback, 320pp.
Baker Books
November 1992
ISBN: 0801030145
J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and more, created an entire fantasy world complete with its own history, languages, geography, literature, and hundreds of fascinating characters. This helpful guide, arranged in dictionary format, gives you quick and easy access to key characters, events, and places in Tolkien's writings. J. R. R. Tolkien Handbook also contains details about Tolkien's friends and colleagues, writers and thinkers who influenced his work, summaries of his beliefs and how they are revealed in his writing, and a handy list of Tolkien's works. Asterisks within articles allow you to follow themes that interest you most and discover how Tolkien's life and writing interwove.


Tolkien Man Who Created Lord of the Rings J.R.R Tolkien: Man Who Created Lord of the Rings
Author: Michael Coren
Paperback, 144pp.
ISBN: 0439342503
Scholastic, Inc.
November 2001
Michael Coren offers a thought-provoking and entertaining story of a fascinating life of J.R.R. Tolkien. Readers will learn about author's childhood in South Africa, his youth and adulthood in Great Britain, his experience in World War 1, and his professorship at Oxford University, where Tolkien had thought he had reached a pinnacle in his career. Little did he know that was just a beginning, for it was there that Tolkien began to write THE HOBBIT, the story that started it all.

J.R.R. Tolkien J.R.R. Tolkien
Mark Horne
August 2011
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Paperback, 176pp
Christian Encounters Series
ISBN-13: 9781595551061
ISBN: 1595551069
J.R.R. Tolkien famously penned The Hobbit and the 3-volume novel The Lord of the Rings. Known as "the father of modern fantasy literature," his writings have inspired many other works of fantasy and have had a lasting effect on the entire genre. In this Christian Encounters biography, learn how Tolkien's faith was an intrinsic element of his creative imagination, one that played out in the pages of his writings and his life.

J.R.R. Tolkien J.R.R. Tolkien
Author: Humphrey Carpenter
Paperback, 288pp.
ISBN: 0618057021
Houghton Mifflin
June 2000
An authorized biography of creator of Middle-earth. In decades since his death in September 1973, millions have read THE HOBBIT, LORD OF THE RINGS, and THE SILMARILLION and become fascinated about this very private man behind the books. Born in South Africa in January 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was orphaned in childhood and brought up in near-poverty. He served in World War 1, surviving Battle of the Somme, where he lost many of his closest friends. After the war he returned to academic life, achieving high repute as a scholar and university teacher, eventually becoming Merton Professor of English at Oxford where he was a close friend of C.S. Lewis and other writers collectively known as The Inklings. Then suddenly his life changed dramatically. One day while grading essay papers he found himself writing 'In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit' -- and worldwide renown awaited him. Humphrey Carpenter was given unrestricted access to all Tolkien's papers, and interviewed his friends and family. From these sources he follows a long and painful process of creation that produced LORD OF THE RINGS and THE SILMARILLION and offers a wealth of information about the life and work of this twentieth century's most cherished author.

Road to Middle-Earth: How JRR Tolkien created a new Mythology Road to Middle-Earth: How JRR Tolkien created a new Mythology
Tom Shippey
June 2003
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Paperback , 416pp
ISBN-13: 9780618257607
ISBN: 0618257608
Edition Description: Revised and Expanded Edition
Middle-Earth did not spring fully formed from the head of J. R. R. Tolkien in the 1950s, says Shippey (humanities, St. Louis U., Missouri), but precipitated from the British scholar's broad knowledge of literature, language, and mythology. However, he spends as much time tracing elements of the trilogy through Tolkien's earlier works as identifying them in outside sources.

Master of Fantasy J. R. R. Tolkien: Master of Fantasy
Author: David Collins
Paperback, 112pp.
ISBN: 0822596180
Lerner Publishing Group, The
March 1993
Prepare to visit another world, filled with fantastic characters, elaborate settings, exciting events. What magic Tolkien works with words and phrases; what images he creates! In this biography the author takes you on a journey through hallways of a master of fantasy.

Christian Mythmakers Christian Mythmakers: C. S. Lewis, Madeleine L'Engle, J. R. R. Tolkien, George MacDonald, G. K. Chesterton & others
Author: Rolland Hein
Foreword by Clyde Kilby
Paperback, 1st ed., 289pp.
Cornerstone Press Chicago
October 1998
ISBN: 0940895315
Catching hold of a transparent world means in reality catching hold of myth. Literature of such great writers as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Madeliene L'Engle, George MacDonald, Charles Williams, G.K. Chesterton, John Bunyan, and others is examined in this introductory volume to Christian mythopoeia, Strong emphasis is placed on identifying symbols and emblems within such mythic works as Lewis' Space Trilogy, L'Engle's Wrinkle in Time, and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Includes index, bibliography, and preface by Clyde Kilby.

Tolkien: A Biography Tolkien: A Biography
Michael White
Pub. Date: March 2005
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Format: Paperback , 304pp
ISBN-13: 9780451212429
ISBN: 0451212428
A comprehensive, authoritative, in depth and entertaining biography of one of the greatest and most influential fantasy authors in modern time, J.R.R. Tolkien. In this informed an entertaining account, renowned biographer Michael White delves into the little-known life of one of the most treasured and enduring authors of our time, J.R.R. Tolkien. In absorbing and revealing detail, White describes Tolkien's life from his childhood years and the tragic early death of his parents; his burgeoning romance with Edith Brett; fighting on the front lines in WWII; his many years as an Oxford academic, where the idea of the Hobbit struck him while marking a term paper; to his friendship with C.S. Lewis and the founding of the group "The Inklings"; and why The Lord of the Rings became the most influential book in the late sixties counter-culture, one of the most respected and most-read trilogies ever written, and the center of a major film phenomenon. With 16 pages of black and white photos.

Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth
John Garth
June 2005
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Paperback , 416pp
$15.00 US
ISBN-13: 9780618574810
ISBN: 0618574816
Although Tolkien denied that the war had anything to do with his popular Lord of the Rings novels, journalist Garth examines the author's experiences as a young officer during the war, both at the Battle of the Somme and then sidelined due to trench fever, arguing that the mark of the war is all over his work. Tolkien's growth as a writer is examined through the war and through letters to school friends, many of whom were not to survive the conflict.

J. R. R. Tolkien J. R. R. Tolkien 
Author: Harold Bloom
Hardcover, 300pp.
Chelsea House Publishers
April 2000
ISBN: 0791056600

J. R. R. Tolkien J. R. R. Tolkien
Harold Bloom
July 2008
Chelsea House Publishers
Hardcover, 192pp
Series: Bloom's Modern Critical Views
$45.00 US
New Edition
ISBN-13: 9781604131468
ISBN: 1604131462
The revered author of the fantasy works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings also had a distinguished career as a professor at Oxford University and as a scholar specializing in Anglo-Saxon literature. This new edition is enhanced by a chronology, bibliography, notes on the contributors, and an introductory essay by noted literary scholar Harold Bloom.

J. R. R. Tolkien J. R. R. Tolkien
Author: Charles Moseley
Paperback, 96pp.
Trans-Atlantic Publications, Incorporated
September 1997
ISBN: 0746307497
Tolkien was a specialist in a research field. He did not, at least initially, write for a mass audience. Yet for many in the 1960s his books, particularly Lord of the Rings, became a political badge and an interpretative text. Widely translated, his fiction won accolades both of parody and of its own learned journal; and 'Tolkien' - or how he was read - demonstrably affected modern fantasy. This book explores how his work came to be so diversely received. Charles Moseley's critical discussion examines Tolkien's view of fiction as 'sub-creation', exploring his analysis of mythopoeia and of status of art and literature in relation to his own practice. He argues that in critical concerns of Tolkien and his circle lie keys to important issues in his fiction. His use of linguistic game and literary pastiche is explored without obscuring his emotional commitment to making of myths that expressed some of his deepest fears about a world he experienced

Tolkien Tolkien
Lin Carter
February 2008
Wildside Press
Format: Hardcover , 204pp
ISBN-13: 9781434498083
ISBN: 1434498085
Lin Carter's joyous 1969 exploration of Tolkien's classic trilogy and the glorious tradition from which it grew.

Tolkien Tolkien
Lambert M. Surhone (Editor), Mariam T. Tennoe (Editor), Susan F. Henssonow (Editor)
Pub. Date: September 2010
$63.00 US
Publisher: Betascript Publishing
Format: Paperback , 172pp
ISBN-13: 9786132003096
ISBN: 6132003096

Tolkien Family Tolkien Family
Lambert M. Surhone (Editor), Mariam T. Tennoe (Editor), Susan F. Henssonow (Editor)
Pub. Date: November 2010
Publisher: Betascript Publishing
Format: Paperback , 144pp
$62.00 US
ISBN-13: 9783639993813
ISBN: 3639993810
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Tolkien family is an English family whose best known member is J. R. R. Tolkien, Oxford academic and author of the fantasy books The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE (3 January 1892 - 2 September 1973) was an English philologist, writer and professor of Oxford University. He was a devout Roman Catholic. Much of Tolkien's published fiction is a connected body of tales, fictional histories, invented languages, and literary essays about an imagined world called Arda. Tolkien applied the word legendarium to the totality of these writings. Most of the "legendarium" was edited and posthumously published by his son Christopher.

British Writers, Supplement II: Kingsley Amis to J. R. R. Tolkien, Suppl. II
Hardcover, 672pp.
Macmillan Library Reference
June 1998
Offers substantial profiles of 26 contemporary British writers who came of age following WWII. Articles of 12,000-15,000 words long examine an author's important works in context of his or her life. Writers profiled include those born in Britain as well as those born elsewhere whose work relates to British literary culture. Includes a chronology from 1901 to 1997, listing political, scientific, and social milestones along with publications of major literary works Contains a cumulative index for volumes 1-4 and for supplements 1-4. For general readers

Tolkien Celebration Collected Writings on a Literary Legacy Tolkien: A Celebration: Collected Writings on a Literary Legacy
By: Joseph Pearce (Editor)
Paperback, 210pp.
ISBN: 0898708664
Ignatius Press
June 2001

Tolkien Celebration Collected Writings on a Literary Legacy Tolkien: A Celebration: Collected Writings on a Literary Legacy
By: Joseph Pearce
Paperback, 104pp.
ISBN: 0006281206
September 1999

Tolkien: Man and Myth Tolkien: Man and Myth
Author: Joseph Pearce
Paperback, 257pp.
ISBN: 0898708257
December 2001

Inklings of Oxford The Inklings of Oxford: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Their Friends
Harry Lee Poe (Author), James Ray Veneman (Photographer)
Paperback, 176 pages
June 16, 2009
$25.00 US
ISBN-10: 9780310285038
ISBN-13: 978-0310285038
The lavish photography of this book will introduce you to the fascinating world of the Inklings, matching their words to the places where these friends discussed--and argued over--theology, philosophy, ancient Norse myth, and Old Icelandic, while writing stories that were to become classics of the faith. The Inklings of Oxford will deepen your knowledge of and appreciation for this unique set of personalities

Inklings Handbook Inklings Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Lives, Thought and Writings of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield and Their Friends
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Women Among the Inklings Women Among the Inklings : Gender, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams (Contributions in Women's Studies, No. 191)
Author(s): Fredrick, Candice; McBride, Sam
ISBN: 0313312451

From Tolkien to Oz
Author: William McGuire
Hardcover, 96pp.
Unicorn Pub House Inc
August 1987
ISBN: 0881010197

J. R. R. Tolkien: Hobbit Chronicler
Author: Russel Shorto
Hardcover, 48pp.
Kipling Press
September 1988
Recommend Age Range: 12 and up
ISBN: 0943718074

J.R.R. Tolkien J.R.R. Tolkien
Katie De Koster (Editor)
Hardcover, 176pp.
Gale Group
January 2000
ISBN: 0737702451
Following a lengthy biographical introduction, 15 essays gathered from a variety of sources delve into works of J.R.R. Tolkien, explaining some themes, as well as exploring Tolkien's style and sources. Essays range from those praising Tolkien's ability to combine adult themes and children's style, to those criticizing him for failing to unite common objects with universal themes. Others reject charges of racism against Tolkien or analyze his use of myth and heroism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Art of the Myth-Maker J. R. R. Tolkien: The Art of the Myth-Maker
Author(s): David Stevens & Carol D. Stevens
Paperback, 178pp.
January 1993
ISBN: 1557422370

Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography
Author(s): Wayne Hammond & Douglas Anderson
Hardcover, 448pp.
Oak Knoll Press
January 1993
ISBN: 0938768425

Tolkien and the Silmarillion Tolkien and the Silmarillion
Author: Clyde Kilby

Tolkien: Man and his Myth J.R.R. Tolkien: Man and his Myth
Del Ray Books

Tolkien Handbook J. R. R. Tolkien Handbook

Tolkien: Writers for the 70's J. R. R. Tolkien: Writers for the 70's

Tolkien Starmont Readers Guide J. R. R. Tolkien: Starmont Readers Guide 54
Authors: David and Carol Stevens
1st Edition
CFM Books

Tolkien the Medievalist Tolkien the Medievalist (Routledge Research in Medieval Religion and Culture, 3)
1st edition
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN: 0415289440

Question of Time J. R. R. Tolkien's Road to Faerie A Question of Time: J. R. R. Tolkien's Road to Faerie
Author: Verlyn Flieger

J.R.R. Tolkien : The Shores of Middle-Earth
No Synopsis Available.

Proceedings of the J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference, 1992
Proceedings of Conference Held at Keble College, Oxford, England, 17Th-24th August)

Readings on J. R. R. Tolkien (The Greenhaven Press Literary Companion to British Authors)
No Synopsis Available.

J.R.R. Tolkien: Life and Legend
Paperback, 90pp.
Bodleian Library
December 1992