In this engaging biography, Michael Coren paints a colourful, loving portrait of the man behind The Lord of the Rings.
Born in South Africa, Tolkien moved back to England at an early age because of his declining health.
After the death of his father, Tolkien’s mother, Mabel, worked hard to make ends meet and her discovery of the church of the Birmingham Oratory changed their lives.
With the help of Father Francis Xavier Morgan, Tolkien was moved to a good Grammar School due to his excellent academic capabilities.
Father Francis was to become the father-figure Tolkien didn’t have which would prove even more important when his mother died in his teens.
Tolkien married his childhood sweetheart, Edith, and she became his best friend and supported him through his endeavours and later, his fame.
Tolkien’s first poem was written at the start of the world war in 1914.
Illness brought his military career to an end making it possible for him to focus on his academic career and family.
By sheer chance, The Hobbit , a children’s story, came to the attention of publishers …
A sequel was requested … and The Lord of the Rings was born.
This biography of the world renowned author of high-fantasy stretches the twelve years it took for Tolkien to complete his masterpiece and reflects on the intricacies of his life.
Used. Good condition. Some wear and tear. Minor shelf wear to the bottom of the book. Minor shelf wear to the corners and side of the book. Price marked in pencil.