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The Making of a Legend

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J. R. R. Tolkien

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This essential addition to your Tolkein bookshelf takes you on a journey of discovery through the life of a literary master-craftsman, and exlpores the connection between his faith and the world he created for 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of The Rings'. J.R.R. Tolkien has a reputation in the world of both Christian and commerecial literature as the undisputed champion of the fantasy genre through his creation of the world of world of Middle Earth. This book to commemorate a significant anniversary is a milestone reassessment of how everything falls into place when you understand the man himself through this fascinating new biography.

Reasons to buy or give 'J.R.R Tolkien: Making of a Legend'

•   Fascinating life story of the creator of 'Lord of the Rings' and the world of 'Middle Earth'
•   Essential reading for Tolkien fans - especially Christian readers of his work
•   Learn how his life events and fatih influenced his writing
•   Answer the most puzzling questions of the connection between his beliefs and his work
•   Gain a deeper understanding of the elements of faith that shine through his stories
•   Engage more meaningfully with nonChristians about the films and books and faith
•   Give a gift to Tolkein fans and open a door to conversation about life and faith

More about J.R.R Tolkien: Making of a Legend

Even before ‘The Lord of the Rings Trilogy’ movies, directed by Peter Jackson, the books have been read over and over by millions of avid fans. Colin Duriez, the Tolkien expert, has documented every influence and inspiration that contributed to the making of the legend. Inside the book you will read all you want to know about the author, in particular:

•    his troubled childhood,
•    his friendships,
•    his scholarly life,
•    his faith,
•    his many inspirations,
•    his forbidden love,
•    his love for European History,
•    his experience in the First World War

Staying respectful throughout, this unique biography will open your eyes to a life that has inspired generations.  A must-get present for any Tolkien fan, this highly recommended book is the key to unlocking the wonders of Middle Earth.

Drawing on many years of fruitful scholarship, Colin Duriez has become the literary companion to Tolkien’s life and works. Having commentated on numerous shows, including BBC’s ‘The World of Fantasy’ and on the extended edition of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ DVD, he has proved his worth as Tolkien's biographer. He is also the author of ‘The Inkling Handbook’, ‘J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: The Story of their Friendship’ and ‘Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings’. 

J. R. R. Tolkien by Colin Duriez was published by Lion Hudson in October 2012 and is our 13749th best seller. The ISBN for J. R. R. Tolkien is 9780745955148.

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Long before the successful "The Lord of the Rings" films, J.R.R. Tolkien's creations, imagination, and characters had captured the attention of millions of readers. But who was the man who dreamt up the intricate languages and perfectly crafted world of Middle-earth?

Tolkien had a difficult life for many years. Orphaned and poor, his guardian forbade him to communicate with the woman he had fallen in love with, and then he went through the horrors of the First World War. An intensely private and brilliant scholar, he spent over fifty years working on the languages, history, people and geography of Middle-earth. With a consistent mythology and body of legends inspired by a formidable knowledge of early northern European history and culture, J. R. R. Tolkien became a legend by creating an imaginary world that has enthralled and delighted generations.

This delightful and accessible biography brings him to life. Colin Duriez has appeared as a commentator on DVDs of Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings", and BBC television's "The Worlds of Fantasy". He is also the author of "The Inklings Handbook" (with the late David Porter), "J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S.Lewis: The Story of Their Friendship", and "Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings", and has contributed to definitive reference works, "The Tolkien Encyclopedia" and a number of other tomes relating to Tolkien.

Colin Duriez has appeared as a commentator on extended DVD's of Peter Jackson's 'The Lord of the Rings', BBC television's 'The World of Fantasy'. He is also the author of 'The Inklings Handbook' (with the late David Porter), 'J. R. R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: The Story of their Friendship', and 'Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings', and has contributed to definitive reference works, 'The Tolkien Encyclopedia' and a number of other tomes relating to J.R.R. Tolkien.

In Brief: Eden Video Transcript

'The life and work of J.R.R. Tolkien has inspired readers, followers, and fans since the middle of the last century. Avid interest in the brilliant mind of a literary genius, whose legacy has proved lasting, has led to a number of biographies being compiled. The first of these biographies was compiled in the 1970s, but since then much more of Tolkien's life and work has been revealed. Colin Duriez is a Tolkien enthusiast who has studied the author's life in much detail, now presented in this comprehensive new work 'J. R. R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend'.

EDEN ARTICLE: J.R.R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend - A Book Profile

Ever wanted insight into the mind and person behind ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and the history of ‘Middle Earth’? In this biography Colin Duriez shares his expertise, giving a detail account of the life of J.R.R. Tolkien. Reading through 240 pages of biographical material requires focus, but it’s a thrilling tale of a life that was really quite unique. Tolkien’s story of African beginnings, English sufferings, trench misery and scholarly brilliance is sure to inform and enthrall. I recommend that you read this biography of J.R.R. Tolkien, because the enthusiasm and wit of the biographer is present on every page.

EDEN ARTICLE: Colin Duriez - An Author Profile

Colin Duriez is an experienced and well-respected commentator on works of fantasy. Born in 1947, Colin's interest in Tolkien came about when he bought a copy of ‘The Hobbit’ as a child, having recognised the author’s name as a friend of another favourite of his: C.S. Lewis. Fascinated immediately by the runes and maps contained in ‘The Hobbit’ Colin would begin writing seriously about his interest in fantasy genre publications during his undergraduate years.

After leaving school, Colin studied for two years at the University of Istanbul, before completing his degree (in English and Philosophy) at the University of Ulster. During his twenty year early career, Colin’s writing was largely put on hold as he made a career in journalism and editing in London. However, his enthusiast’s interest did not die as, during this time, he continued to gain understanding about the ‘Inklings’ group, of which Tolkien and Lewis were part.

In 1983, Duriez migrated to Leicester to continue editing, now with publishers IVP. At this time he started to publish his works on the Inklings. However, it is since 2000 that Duriez’s career as a writer has really taken off - in the last 12 years he has published over thirty books! Such prolific authorship is a result of Colin starting his own writing business ‘InWriting’ and his move to Keswick, in the Lake District. These moves have allowed him to focus almost exclusively on writing, with some occasional tutoring at Lancaster University.

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Details for J. R. R. Tolkien

Page last updated 12th July 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherLion Hudson (October 2012)
Number of Pages240
Thickness21 mm
Height198 mm
Width130 mm
Product Code4037491
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