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Discover the remarkable life of J. R. R. Tolkien... Free BONUS Inside! J. R. R. Tolkien, an orphan in love with words, spent most of his life as an unassuming Professor of Literature at Oxford studying and teaching old languages. During his time there, he created his very own languages and a mythological world, Middle-earth. Middle-earth was inhabited by Hobbits, Dwarve Discover the remarkable life of J. R. R. Tolkien... Free BONUS Inside! J. R. R. Tolkien, an orphan in love with words, spent most of his life as an unassuming Professor of Literature at Oxford studying and teaching old languages. During his time there, he created his very own languages and a mythological world, Middle-earth. Middle-earth was inhabited by Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves, and other fascinating creatures. It was a world that became almost more real to Tolkien than the one he lived in. Tolkien’s two masterpieces, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, have set the standard in mythological literature. Translated into more than 70 languages, the books and their battles of good and evil are as relevant today as they were when Tolkien first wrote them. Discover a plethora of topics such as From South Africa to the English Countryside Tolkien’s Forbidden Love Tolkien during World War I Years at Oxford The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Late Life and Death And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on J. R. R. Tolkien, simply scroll up and click the "Buy now" button for instant access!


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Discover the remarkable life of J. R. R. Tolkien... Free BONUS Inside! J. R. R. Tolkien, an orphan in love with words, spent most of his life as an unassuming Professor of Literature at Oxford studying and teaching old languages. During his time there, he created his very own languages and a mythological world, Middle-earth. Middle-earth was inhabited by Hobbits, Dwarve Discover the remarkable life of J. R. R. Tolkien... Free BONUS Inside! J. R. R. Tolkien, an orphan in love with words, spent most of his life as an unassuming Professor of Literature at Oxford studying and teaching old languages. During his time there, he created his very own languages and a mythological world, Middle-earth. Middle-earth was inhabited by Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves, and other fascinating creatures. It was a world that became almost more real to Tolkien than the one he lived in. Tolkien’s two masterpieces, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, have set the standard in mythological literature. Translated into more than 70 languages, the books and their battles of good and evil are as relevant today as they were when Tolkien first wrote them. Discover a plethora of topics such as From South Africa to the English Countryside Tolkien’s Forbidden Love Tolkien during World War I Years at Oxford The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Late Life and Death And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on J. R. R. Tolkien, simply scroll up and click the "Buy now" button for instant access!

30 review for J. R. R. Tolkien: A Life from Beginning to End (Biographies of British Authors Book 4)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Apollo Hesiod

    J.R.R. Tolkien One of my all-time favorite authors. This is a must read for any Tolkien fan. I didn't know that much about his life, so this book was very interesting. J.R.R. Tolkien One of my all-time favorite authors. This is a must read for any Tolkien fan. I didn't know that much about his life, so this book was very interesting.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Martin, is a grandpa

    Good book Learned much about J.R. R.Tolkien. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the Lord of the Rings series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Tudor

    good

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Enlightening! What a joy to read of the life this man lived. In actuality, his thinking is not unlike many today. He proved faithful to his writing. I am glad the author made his story readable.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tom Rowe

    Shorter than the Wikipedia article and much better written. This is pretty much a bare facts summary of Tolkien's life. I read this after seeing the movie Tolkien because I wanted to see which parts were true and which parts were movie making. Hourly History presented his life in a concise manner that gave me just what I needed. I think I would consult further Hourly Histories in the future. I may even read a full blown bio of Tolkien in the future. Shorter than the Wikipedia article and much better written. This is pretty much a bare facts summary of Tolkien's life. I read this after seeing the movie Tolkien because I wanted to see which parts were true and which parts were movie making. Hourly History presented his life in a concise manner that gave me just what I needed. I think I would consult further Hourly Histories in the future. I may even read a full blown bio of Tolkien in the future.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Jares

    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien singlehandedly created the epic mythology genre. J R R's father, Arthur died when he was a toddler; Arthur's two sons were born in South Africa. His mother moved both boys to England, and they struggled. J R R always loved languages, adventure stories, and fairytales. The boy's mother, Mabel, became interested in Catholicism. When she converted, her Methodist family stopped providing financial help. Mabel was soon diagnosed with diabetes, sank into a diabetic coma, and d John Ronald Reuel Tolkien singlehandedly created the epic mythology genre. J R R's father, Arthur died when he was a toddler; Arthur's two sons were born in South Africa. His mother moved both boys to England, and they struggled. J R R always loved languages, adventure stories, and fairytales. The boy's mother, Mabel, became interested in Catholicism. When she converted, her Methodist family stopped providing financial help. Mabel was soon diagnosed with diabetes, sank into a diabetic coma, and died. Father Francis from the Oratory looked out for the boys and helped them find a residence with their Aunt Beatrice Suffield. However, the boys spent most of their time with Father Francis and the Oratory. Tolkien's real strength was his understanding of linguistics. He loved the history of words. By adolescence, he used Spanish as the basis of his new language -- Naffarin. J R R soon became fluent in Latin, Greek, and Gothic (or Old English). Tolkien earned a scholarship to Oxford. Although he had fallen in love with a fellow orphan, Edith Bratt, Father Francis forbade them from communicating until Tolkien turned 21. Edith was an accomplished pianist. When J R R could finally communicate with Edith, he found out she was engaged to another. World War I interfered with life in England, and J R R was relieved that he could stay at Oxford and train in codes and message transmissions. After he graduated, he married Edith just before he was sent to the front. However, he got trench fever and spent the rest of the war and additional years in the hospital because of his health issues. Eventually, Tolkien began teaching at Oxford. While there, he struck up a lifelong friendship with C S Lewis. Lewis wrote THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA. Both men were more interested in fantasy and were each other's first readers and critics. Science fiction was in its infancy, and Tolkien started writing time travel stories, while Lewis began space travel tales. It took Tolkien seventeen years to complete THE LORD OF THE RINGS, while Lewis spent seven years on the seven-part NARNIA. This book goes into an explanation of Tolkien's books and their worldwide acclaim. His books have been translated into most modern languages and have never been out of print. The author states that Tolkien's works were models that the HARRY POTTER  and GAME OF THRONES books followed.  I've been curious about Tolkien for years, and this brief story satisfied my interest in the man and his works. The book showed where Tolkien gleaned his thoughts about the Middle-earth and his war of good and evil in his books. A very satisfying read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    While I have long known about "The Hobbit" and the Lord in the Rings trilogy, I knew very little about John Ronald Reuel Tolkien himself. This short biography gave the circumstances of Tolkien's birth, his early years, his Catholic upbringing, his marriage, his years as a student, his time during World War I, his years as a teacher, his fascination with languages. There were many interesting details about Tolkien's life, such as he had a long friendship with author C.S. Lewis, and Tolkien was kn While I have long known about "The Hobbit" and the Lord in the Rings trilogy, I knew very little about John Ronald Reuel Tolkien himself. This short biography gave the circumstances of Tolkien's birth, his early years, his Catholic upbringing, his marriage, his years as a student, his time during World War I, his years as a teacher, his fascination with languages. There were many interesting details about Tolkien's life, such as he had a long friendship with author C.S. Lewis, and Tolkien was known for doing much more rewriting than writing (it took him 17 years to complete the Lord of the Rings.) I did find a number of typos throughout the book, however. For instance, it says Tolkien was born in 1982 then goes on to say he died in 1973. If you can ignore the typos, it is an interesting biography and worth the read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Brown

    A concise yet revealing biographical summary You may know the Hobbit and the Ring trilogy in depth but the author himself tends to be forgotten. Much of what I thought to be so was wrong. For instance, Tolkein was not South African, though the family did live there for a while, and he did not write the book while a soldier in World War I. He was in fact a very complex person, enmeshed in his fantasy world yet sociable in his University setting while kindly but oblivious to his wife. It is unfortu A concise yet revealing biographical summary You may know the Hobbit and the Ring trilogy in depth but the author himself tends to be forgotten. Much of what I thought to be so was wrong. For instance, Tolkein was not South African, though the family did live there for a while, and he did not write the book while a soldier in World War I. He was in fact a very complex person, enmeshed in his fantasy world yet sociable in his University setting while kindly but oblivious to his wife. It is unfortunate that the constrained space in this series prevents more depth; the latter half of his life after he found success is skimmed in a few lines (but maybe with comfortable living there was little of note to relate).

  9. 4 out of 5

    James Crawford

    Tolkien is, of course, most noted for his writings on the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series. I didn't know much about his life, though, and this book helped fill in those gaps. He was born in South Africa of a poor family. He moved to England, joined a group called the Inklings, was an Oxford professor and died in 1973. The book goes into his various writings and covers other information about his life. Worth reading. Tolkien is, of course, most noted for his writings on the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series. I didn't know much about his life, though, and this book helped fill in those gaps. He was born in South Africa of a poor family. He moved to England, joined a group called the Inklings, was an Oxford professor and died in 1973. The book goes into his various writings and covers other information about his life. Worth reading.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jane Lawrence

    Good short quick read Enjoy this form of biography. Its fast and to the point,which is good if a,person just wants to know the basic facts,as I did. I'm reading Lord of the rings,and wanted to know more about J.R.R. this filled the need. Check into these ,40 page books.its worth it. Well.back to Frodo. If you haven't read lord of the rings take a try you will be surprised . Good short quick read Enjoy this form of biography. Its fast and to the point,which is good if a,person just wants to know the basic facts,as I did. I'm reading Lord of the rings,and wanted to know more about J.R.R. this filled the need. Check into these ,40 page books.its worth it. Well.back to Frodo. If you haven't read lord of the rings take a try you will be surprised .

  11. 4 out of 5

    David Parker

    A token of his love I read the Lord of the Rings in 1971 while in the Army stationed in Berlin Germany. We talked about how it work well as a movie. It was first an animated film would take another twenty years before it became a film. I loved getting to know the author who first made love fantasy and want to devour an epic work.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Parker

    Short bio of Tolkien This is a quick bare bones version of the life of one of the great writers of our time: HRR Tolkien. I fell in love with his writing when I first discovered his books over 40years ago. This little book gives a short but adequate description of Tolkiens life, from birth to death.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vincent

    This is an hour history read and I found it interesting - there was a lot I didn't know about this fellow and t was interesting - I knew he had been friendly with Snow - did not know they had broken over Tolkien's lack of sufficient tolerance for those with other views. And Tolkien was a man of his times it seems - wife to stay home and tend the kiddies etc while he went with his buddies. It does however attribute some of the aspects of his writing to his experiences in WWI. This is an hour history read and I found it interesting - there was a lot I didn't know about this fellow and t was interesting - I knew he had been friendly with Snow - did not know they had broken over Tolkien's lack of sufficient tolerance for those with other views. And Tolkien was a man of his times it seems - wife to stay home and tend the kiddies etc while he went with his buddies. It does however attribute some of the aspects of his writing to his experiences in WWI.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ashwin

    Another interesting historical figure JRR TOLKIEN. Another interesting book by hourly history. JRR TOLKIEN was indeed a great writer. Having created these characters from the Hobbit and Lord of the rings. Truly a genius.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rubin Carpenter

    Tolkien This Biography of J.R.R. Tolkien is filled with the places, experiences, and events of his life that brought his inspiration of the Hobbit and Lord of the rings with some details of the Author's personality that makes for a well rounded read well done Hourly History Tolkien This Biography of J.R.R. Tolkien is filled with the places, experiences, and events of his life that brought his inspiration of the Hobbit and Lord of the rings with some details of the Author's personality that makes for a well rounded read well done Hourly History

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michael A. Simmons, Sr.

    An excellent snapshot A book to be enjoyed by anyone who is even mildly curious about Tolkien. After this snapshot you will likely be tempted to delve deeper into his life.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Review This book was so interesting. I always loved the story of the hobbits but didn't know much about Tolkien.It was very interesting to see how the stories developed. Review This book was so interesting. I always loved the story of the hobbits but didn't know much about Tolkien.It was very interesting to see how the stories developed.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Timothy

    I love the Hourly History series and highly recommend it. If you want to know more about the topic you can explore Amazon or your library online.

  19. 5 out of 5

    D. Thrush

    This is a nice concise 47-page bio of J.R.R. Tolkien who wrote The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. I didn’t know anything about him. Despite some typos, it was interesting and informative.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Gleckler Clark

    Most informative. Knew nothing about Tolkien other than he wrote “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings”.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mike Briley

    An interesting glimpse of the background of a man who imagined a whole alternative universe

  22. 5 out of 5

    R Curran

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maranda

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dia Nagele

  26. 5 out of 5

    Charles Yoder

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

  28. 5 out of 5

    Slugwash

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael Rains

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sue Newham

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