Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth - eBook
Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth - eBook  -     By: John Garth
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 9780544263727
ISBN-13: 9780544263727

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How the First World War influenced the author of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy: "Very much the best book about J.R.R. Tolkien that has yet been written." —A. N. Wilson
 As Europe plunged into World War I, J. R. R. Tolkien was a student at Oxford and part of a cohort of literary-minded friends who had wide-ranging conversations in their Tea Club and Barrovian Society. After finishing his degree, Tolkien experienced the horrors of the Great War as a signal officer in the Battle of the Somme, where two of those school friends died. All the while, he was hard at work on an original mythology that would become the basis of his literary masterpiece, the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
 
In this biographical study, drawn in part from Tolkien’s personal wartime papers, John Garth traces the development of the author’s work during this critical period. He shows how the deaths of two comrades compelled Tolkien to pursue the dream they had shared, and argues that the young man used his imagination not to escape from reality—but to transform the cataclysm of his generation. While Tolkien’s contemporaries surrendered to disillusionment, he kept enchantment alive, reshaping an entire literary tradition into a form that resonates to this day.
 
"Garth’s fine study should have a major audience among serious students of Tolkien." —Publishers Weekly
 
"A highly intelligent book . . . Garth displays impressive skills both as researcher and writer." —Max Hastings, author of The Secret War
 
"Somewhere, I think, Tolkien is nodding in appreciation." —San Jose Mercury News
 
"A labour of love in which journalist Garth combines a newsman’s nose for a good story with a scholar’s scrupulous attention to detail . . . Brilliantly argued." —Daily Mail (UK)
 
"Gripping from start to finish and offers important new insights." —Library Journal
 
"Insight into how a writer turned academia into art, how deeply friendship supports and wounds us, and how the death and disillusionment that characterized World War I inspired Tolkien’s lush saga." —Detroit Free Press

Author Bio

John Garth, winner of the 2004 Mythopoeic Society Scholarship Award, studied English at Oxford University and has since worked as a newspaper journalist in London. Garth’s long-standing taste for the works of Tolkien, combined with his interest in the First World War, fueled the five years of research that went into Tolkien and the Great War, for which he drew extensively on previously unpublished personal papers, as well as Tolkien’s service record and other unique military documents.

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