Monday, July 18, 2011

JRR Tolkien book review.

I was recently afforded an opportunity to review a newly published book by Mark Horne, J.R.R. Tolkien. This biography is part of the Christian Encounters series, in which the individual is highlighted for the important times or phases of their lives through interactions with others and the Christian Church. Horne to provides a front row seat Tolkien's life as it unfolds from a small child in Africa to his youth in Great Britain.


Many people are familiar with the literary works of Tolkien: The Hobbit and the three-volume novel The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien's faith in the Lord is evident in his written works and this biography explains in detail how imagination and faith gave fold to his novels and life experiences.


The reading of this biography is simple and is a good base introduction to Tolkien's life. It is short and does not take long to read, but is a good overview of his life and works. Horne is forward in expressing that Tolkien longed to write the type of stories that would stand with people and become a type of fluid literature, lasting through ages and generations. Horne does well to discuss how Tolkien wrote in a manner that reflected the beauty and grace of the Lord and resonated the same with the readers. It is evident in the works of Tolkien where encouragement is received from friends such as C.S. Lewis to bring his imagination and ideas to fruition. Tolkien's downfall is a constant strive for perfection, which caused him to hesitate to bring any of his writings or ideas to publication without the encouragement and push of others.


While we are exposed as readers to the writing genius of Tolkien, we also are exposed to the more light-hearted man he was in life. Stories of Tolkien's youth and engagement in what some would consider to be reckless or lawless pursuits are made known. The reader, in this short publication, is brought to a front row seat int he events of Tolkien's life, from childhood and youthful exploits to written wonders.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from BookSneeze as part of their Blogger Review Program. 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: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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