J.R.R. Tolkien has become a well-known, a legend even, because of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and the movies depicting those two stories. His imaginative mind created an unforgettable world made more believable through its carefully crafted history and languages. It’s always interesting to look at the life of an author to try to understand where their brilliant ideas might have come from, and that is especially the case with Tolkien because of the scope of his work. In his book J.R.R. TOLKIEN: THE MAKING OF A LEGEND, Colin Duriez takes readers on a journey through the life of Tolkien to help us understand the mind of this scholar and literary genius.
It’s interesting to read how this man with humble beginnings became such a well-known figure in literature, creating stories that tap into the nature of humanity as well as the very real conflict between good and evil and hopes for redemption. Tolkien is unique in his formation of the languages for his work. One of the most interesting areas of his life for me was his deep friendship with C.S. Lewis because Lewis is one of my favorite thinkers of all time.
The book is a great biographical depiction of Tolkien’s life and captures some really meaningful moments from the man’s life. If you want to know more about Tolkien, this is the book to go to.
Review copy provided by Kregel Books