Friday, January 11, 2013

J. R. R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend by Colin Duriez

Genre- Christian/Biography

Published by- Lion Hudson

Copyrighted- 2012

Number of pages- 240

Age Group- Adult, but it works for other age groups as well.  It could be read to young readers.

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $16.95, ISBN 978-0-7459-5514-8

J.R.R. Tolkien was orphaned at a young age and was banned by his guardian to communicate with his first love.  He spent time in World War One and spent over 50 years building Middle-earth.  He developed the languages, history, peoples, and geography and created a legend that is shown in his many books.  He was friends with C.S. Lewis, married his first love, and taught at different colleges in England.

This book shows the reader what it took for him to grow into the legend we know today.

Excerpt from the book!

About the Author-

Colin Duriez is a commentator on The Lord of the Rings DVDs and on the BBC show The Worlds of Fantasy.  He has written other books about Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

My thoughts-

I have always enjoyed reading The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  I have never spent any time learning more about Tolkien’s life, so I was excited when I learned about there was a biography about him available for review.

When I opened the package I was so curious that I had to glance through the book and automatically begin reading.  His life captivated me so much that I was hard pressed to set the book down.  I knew I had to, because the family needed me!

I learned a lot about Tolkien.  One of the most interesting things I learned was how he was friends with C.S. Lewis.  I never knew that.  Colin Duriez did a wonderful job and I really enjoyed the pictures he added and the complete biography.

I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it.  It would make a good present for anyone who enjoys Tolkien.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received J.R.R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend by Colin Duriez for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour. All links were current when posted. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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