Tolkien: How an Obscure Oxford Professor Wrote The Hobbit and Became the Most Beloved Author of the Century - eBook
Tolkien: How an Obscure Oxford Professor Wrote The Hobbit and Became the Most Beloved Author of the Century - eBook  -     By: Devin Brown
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781426796715
ISBN-13: 9781426796715

Publisher's Description

J.R.R. Tolkien transformed his love for arcane linguistic studies into a fantastic world of Middle Earth, a world of filled with characters that readers the world over have loved and learned from for generations.

Devin Brown focuses on the story behind how Tolkien became one of the best-known writers in the history of literature, a tale as fascinating and as inspiring as any of the fictional ones he would go on to write. Weaving in the major aspects of the author’s life, career, and faith, Brown shares how Tolkien’s beloved works came to be written.

With a third follow-up film and the book’s release the same month, there’s a large interest in the faith values for these works. This book addresses that deep hunger to know what fuels the world and worldview of The Hobbit’s celebrated author, Tolkien.

Author Bio

Devin Brown is a Lilly Scholar and a Professor of English at Asbury University where he teaches a class on Lewis and Tolkien. He is the author of The Christian World of the Hobbit and Hobbit Lessons, both published by Abingdon Press. He has spoken at Lewis and Tolkien conferences in the UK and the U.S. Devin has published numerous essays on Lewis and Tolkien, including those written for CSLewis.com, ChristianityToday.com, SamaritansPurse.org, and BeliefNet.com. Devin earned a PhD at the University of South Carolina and currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

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  1. Elizabeth
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    Elizabeth
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    I was eagerly reading through this book about J.R.R. Tolkien when I reached page 92. The book was so informative and interesting and if I had stopped reading before the mentioned page, I would have given my recommendation whole heartedly. Page 92 surprised me because the writer included a cuss word in dialogue. As a Tolkien fan I am surprised that this Christian writer would have used such a word in his dialogue. I am also disappointed in Devin Brown for using this word in his writing and his has greatly discouraged me from reading any more of his books.
  2. Angela Suzanne
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Haven't read any of Tolkien's works yet really enjoyed this book
    December 4, 2014
    Angela Suzanne
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    To start this review, I will confess that I have actually never read any of Tolkiens work and Ive only seen one of The Lord of the Rings movies. It may seem strange to some as to why someone who has never read any of Tolkiens work would read a biography on how his work came to be. Ive heard a lot about him and am familiar with his work despite not ever reading it. As a writer myself and knowing how beloved his work is, I wanted to know more about how his books came to be.

    I found it fascinating to read how different events and places in his childhood influenced his books. I found it especially interesting because his books are fantasy but they came out of his reality. I also liked that The Hobbit started as a story he told his children. Reading about the back story of his books in this book, I kind of want to read them.

    My only criticism is that at times I got a little confused of the timeline of the various events in Tolkiens life because the author of this book would mention something that happened many years later than the event he was currently talking about and then he would bounce back.

    I think people who enjoy Tolkiens books will enjoy this book. I think it will also be an enjoyable read for those who like to see the inspiration behind the writing of books.
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