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Tolkien: A Biography by Michael White is a comprehensive, in-depth, and entertaining biography of one of the greatest and most influential fantasy authors of modern time, J.R.R. Tolkien....

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  • Gary
    2019-05-10 23:39

    Over 100 million copies of the Lord of the Rings and 60 million copies of the Hobbit have been sold around the world. Each of these books have been translated into 30 languages including Serbo-Croat, Icelandic, Hebrew and Russian.Tolkien's works were a major component of 1960's hippie culture, and hundreds of Tolkien societies have flourished all over the world. With the release of the smash hit Lord of the Rings movie series, a new wave of Tolkienmania has swept the world, and a welcome development too. With the blurring of moral values we have seen in recent years, we need an influence that makes the distinction between good and evil, that shows that the forces of evil threatening the free world, do not have to win.In this work, Michael White delves into hte life of the creator of Middle Earth, his birth in Bloemfontein, South Africa, the idyllic childhood in Sarehole, England ,and his mother's conversion to Catholic Church, and the tragic early death of his parents. Tolkien's Catholic faith would be a major part of his entire life.The book covers the development of Tolkien's thought and literary tastes, his romance with Edith Bratt, who was to be his wife for over 50 years, his action in the British Army during the First World War, and his academic career, his long years as an Oxford Don and Professor of Anglo-Saxon.It also covers the process behind the creation of Tolkien's most famous works, the Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion, and his lifelong creation, the world of Middle Earth and the Undying Lands.It also tells of his membership of the club the Inklings, which met for many years, in the pub, the Eagle and Child.The book tells much of Tolkien's character and of the acclaim and criticism of Tolkien's work, including the recent malicious libel against 'Tolkien the racist', 'Tolkien the sexist' and 'Tolkien the fascist' , by narrow minded politically correct bigots.Ultimately the massive following of Tolkien's works and the spin-offs they have inspired, speak for themselves.Long live the spirit of JRR Tolkien.

  • Francesco Scarlata
    2019-04-26 23:38

    Finisco di scrivere questa recensione e comincio “Il Signore degli Anelli”, promesso!Qualche giorno fa ero in libreria e mi sono fermato a curiosare davanti allo scaffale del fantasy. Alzo lo sguardo e vedo alcuni volumi di Tolkien. Li guardo, ne prendo uno e inizio a sfogliare... ma lo faccio con poca attenzione. E scorrendo le pagine vedo mappe, illustrazioni, scritte in lingua elfica.Mi ha sempre fatto un po’ paura Tolkien. Ho visto i film tratti dal suo capolavoro, sono rimasto incantato di fronte alla potenza dell’immaginazione, alla cura maniacale di tanti e complessi personaggi, alla ricchezza di un intreccio da cui straripano incessantemente fiumi di riflessioni.Ok, se ti è piaciuto al cinema, perché non provi a leggere i libri? Non lo so perché. Forse perché sono imponenti, sono... sono “troppo”. Però la figura di Tolkien mi incuriosisce, mi attrae. Cosa vedeva mentre scriveva? Da dove ha tratto ispirazione per arrivare a costruire una vicenda così maestosa e complessa?Beh, accanto al “Silmarillion” vedo appoggiata questa biografia. E la compro. E mi allontano dallo scaffale guardando con la coda dell’occhio l’unica copia rimasta esposta de “Il Signore degli Anelli”.Le biografie degli scrittori mi hanno sempre coinvolto, sono storie nelle storie e molte delle domande relative alle loro opere trovano risposta negli avvenimenti delle loro vite e perché no, anche nei gesti più piccoli della quotidianità.È una bella biografia, questa di Michael White. Ci fa entrare con entusiasmo e dovizia di particolari nello scrigno immenso di uno dei grandi della letteratura mondiale.Non ho scoperto cosa mangiasse l’autore a colazione, ma ho trovato la scintilla che mi ha spinto a tornare in libreria per prendere “Il Signore degli Anelli”!Ci sono aneddoti spiritosi, c’è il ritratto di un padre di famiglia che cerca di dare il meglio di sé come professore, come marito, come genitore, come amico. E c’è lo scrittore ancora nascosto che, dopo una faticosa giornata di lavoro, afferra metodicamente la penna durante la notte e comincia a inventare storie fantastiche e a creare mondi straordinari.“Improvvisamente, lo sguardo viene attratto dal tappeto vicino a una delle gambe della scrivania. [Tolkien] nota un buchetto nel tessuto e lo guarda a lungo, sognando a occhi aperti. Poi, torna sul foglio davanti a sé e comincia a scrivere: In un buco sottoterra viveva un hobbit...”La parola “hobbit” si trova adesso nell’Oxford English Dictionary.Ed è questo il punto. Questa la scintilla.Ciò che mi ha colpito è la questione del linguaggio come base della nuova mitologia che l’autore desidera creare e curare nei minimi dettagli, un lavoro di analisi e di strutturazione che lo ha impegnato sino alla fine dei suoi giorni.Guardi i film e quando senti gli elfi che parlano pensi che il loro linguaggio sia semplicemente una piacevole musica da ascoltare. Invece no. Ti avvicini all’autore e scopri che “il linguaggio delle fate”, come lo chiamava lui, è vero, è concreto, ha una sua morfologia, ha delle regole.Questo per me è straordinario. Il messaggio che Tolkien ci dà è che nelle parole le cose acquistano la loro realtà, le cose esistono. La realtà dell’universo tolkieniano è una realtà nuova e così nuovo deve essere il linguaggio.Il professore di Oxford era uno studioso di lingue antiche, insegnava l’anglosassone, amava l’islandese e il greco, e fu proprio la passione per queste materie che lo spinse ad elaborare le basi di un sistema linguistico che poi avrebbe dato origine alle lingue degli Elfi (il Quenya e il Sindarin sono le più importanti). Dalla costruzione del linguaggio si passa poi alla creazione della storia, proprio lasciando che la storia stessa scaturisca dal linguaggio. Da queste riflessioni partì la grande avventura della Terra-di-mezzo.Chi è un esperto tolkieniano sa già queste cose. Chi non lo è, come me, potrà rimanerne affascinato... Potrà alzare il braccio, prendere un libro e cominciare a leggere: “Tre Anelli ai Re degli Elfi sotto il cielo che risplende...”

  • Josep Marti
    2019-04-20 19:30

    Well researched book, although I hated the author's pseudo-psychoanalysis of Tolkien. No, Tolkien wasn't Catholic because some motherless trauma nor all the other claims the author makes. Sometimes people go to the restroom because they need to and not because their subconsciousness tells them to. Besides the Freudian inventions, there was one little problem: no, C.S Lewis didn't have an affair with the woman he lived with during his college years. Humprey Carpenter's research on this matter is much more complete and better overall. Regardless, it was a good book and had a decent bibliography that gave me more material to read.

  • Bülent Özgün
    2019-04-28 21:38

    Keyifle okunan bilgilendirici bir kitaptı. Yazarın üslubu ve seçtiği bilgileri birleştiriş biçimi güzeldi. Tolkien'in hayatına dair çok şey öğrendim. Çocukluğu, gençliği, eğitimi, ailesi, savaş yılları, akademisyen olarak yaşadığı zorluklar, evliliği, parasızlığı, sürekli taşınmak zorunda kalmaları, dostlukları (özellikle C. S. Lewis'le), yazma şevki, titizliği, hırsı ve daha bir çok konu genel hatlarıyla anlatılıyor. Zaten ilginç bir yaşam Tolkien'inki ama Michael White keyif veren ilginç anekdotlar da eklemiş.Lakin Yüzüklerin Efendisi hayranlarını doyuracak bir biyografi değil; Tolkien'e dair genel bir bilgi edinmek isteyenler içinse biçilmiş kaftan.Çevirisi usta işi: Dost Körpe.

  • Leslie
    2019-05-14 22:39

    A decent overview of the major events of Tolkien's life but nothing particularly insightful. Although it's billed as a critical life, there's nothing here resembling literary criticism. White's idea of a thoughtful response to the accusation that The Lord of the Rings is written for adolescent boys is to say, oh yeah? Well lots of girls read it, too, so there. Which rather misses the point. There are real answers to that accusation, but White doesn't provide them. The copyediting is terrible, and I wish someone would give White and his copyeditor (if the publisher hired one) a lesson in comma splices and the difference between uninterested and disinterested.

  • Tomislav Škrljac
    2019-04-29 22:27

    Vrlo dobar prikaz života jednog velikog pisca. Iako posjeduje očitu dozu pristranosti jednog obožavatelja, ne izbjegava nabrojati loše osobine osobe čiji život prezentira.Ipak, zadnjih dvadesetak godina života zaslužilo je opširniji osvrt.

  • Glenio Madruga
    2019-05-10 02:56

    Biografia rápida, para quem quer saber mais do autor sem se embrenhar em detalhes enfadonhos da vida que, até para J.R.R. Tolkien, existiram.

  • Didymus Bibliophilus
    2019-04-22 03:36

    First things first: I am new to the biography game. This is part of my attempt to break into the business. I actually picked up this book probably sometime in high school, but didn't get around to reading it until this summer. Which has probably worked out for the best.This was a bad biography. I am primarily comparing it to the bio of C. S. Lewis I read last summer by his friend George Sayer, which was a fantastic work. I really felt as if I had got into the mind of Lewis, and this was aided mostly by the numerous direct citations Sayer produced from Lewis himself and those who knew him. In this work Michael White offered the bare minimum of direct quotations from Tolkien and his acquaintances. While Sayer essentially presented his theories about Lewis' interior life and then supplied the evidence supporting it (and, when appropriate, alongside evidence against his theories), White simply makes boldface assertions about Tolkien's likes and dislikes (and, very very occasionally, his motivations). At no point am I sure whether I'm reading his own opinion, or certain fact, or biographical consensus. An easy example, which is not actually about Tolkien, is when White simply states that C. S. Lewis' relationship with his house-mate Mrs Moore was sexual and romantic, calling her his "mistress". Thankfully I had read Sayer's biography already and knew the arguments and evidence both for and against this hypothesis (for it is an hypothesis) and had already formed my own opinion based on the facts. White asserts this "fact" in passing. Having read no other biographies of Tolkien, I have no idea how many similar "facts" about the Professor he likewise asserts.If I may make a guess, I would say that White has no real religious affiliation, certainly he is not a Catholic, and probably not an Anglican. This occurs to me for two reasons. He claims (well, he states it as if it is true) that Tolkien's religious fervor found its origin in his childhood, when he witnessed his widowed and newly-converted Catholic mother become ostracized by her Anglican relations and in-laws. It is entirely possible that Tolkien's faith was greatly a reaction against this, but I highly doubt that the man himself would have thought as much, and, although I have finished the book, am still left quite curious as to what he did think (or whether his thoughts on the subject are even recorded!)The second reason is that, later in the book, when discussing the religious mileau of Tolkien's Middle-earth, White says that the Professor "imposed" various aspects of his Christian faith into his pagan universe. Again, I am left very suspicious as to whether or not Tolkien would agree with his biographer. White make brief mention of Tolkien's theory of mythology and Christianity and faery tale at the inception of his biography, but has apparently forgotten much of this subject by the time he reaches his analysis of the Lord of the Rings. It sounds just as bizarre to me to say that Tolkien "imposed" aspects of Christianity upon his pagan world as it would be to say that Saint Paul "imposed" his experiences of Jesus Christ onto the writings found in the Old Testament. Tolkien believed that the reality of the Triune God of Christianity shone through the pagan world just as much, or at least nearly as much, as it did through the Jewish world. Whether or not folk believed in Him, He still existed and exerted an influence, albeit an influence cloaked and hidden in the poetic or philosophical language of the time. So for elements of Christianity to be discernible in the pre-Christian world of Middle-earth should be no surprise (and certainly no imposition) given the knowledge that Tolkien believed that elements of Christianity were indeed discernible in the pre-Christian world of our Earth.Moving on to the only part of this book that I enjoyed, I will say that I actually enjoyed reading White write about the Lord of the Rings. This book clearly came from a place of deep, deep love and respect for the book. It would seem that the publication of the Lord of the Rings is an actual miracle, given all the trouble Tolkien had with publishers. It is very easy to compare Tolkien with his cinematic counterpart, George Lucas, who likewise is notoriously cantankerous and tinkered almost obsessively with his works long after their release.Tolkien is an intensely interesting figure. My interest is not lessened in the slightest given that I have cause to believe I would not enjoy spending time with him at all. I think the next biography I read will another Tolkien. I want to follow this rabbit hole as far as it goes.

  • Jim Syler
    2019-04-21 20:33

    If this book were to be summed up in one word, it would be: Shallow. That doesn't mean that it's bad, necessarily, just that it is certainly nothing like an in-depth treatment. It bounces between considering Tolkien's life, his personality, and his work, without giving a truly satisfactory account of any of these. This may be precisely what you want if you want a relatively brief and breezily-written overview of Tolkien, his life, and his work, but if you're looking for fodder for serious study, look elsewhere. The best bits, in my opinion, are first, the discussion of his relationship with C.S. Lewis, and second, the first half of the last chapter, where he reviews the negative reactions Tolkien's work has received over the years. But overall, I am disappointed in the work. I caught White in a couple of examples of shoddy scholarship (detailed below), and if I caught two, there are very likely more. In the Introduction, White implies that he will “[Question] Tolkien's inner drives [and try] to identify the man's personal demons.” He does this, I suppose, but it is in little bits interspersed among the larger context of Tolkien's life and work. White invokes Jung in the final words of the book; I think I would have vastly preferred an in-depth character study inside a framework of the chronology of his life and an overview of his work than a short work that gives all three aspects roughly equal time (including an obviously amateurish attempt at literary criticism). Who was this man? What sort of person could write such a masterpiece? White addresses these questions, true, but only in a scattered and disjointed way. I have Carpenter's more definitive biography on order; hopefully that will give me more of what I want. Final verdict: If you want a fairly brief and easy to read overview of Tolkien's life, work and character, this book might just do the trick. Also, if you have read other biographies and are interested in a less hagiographic (but still respectful) treatment, you may find this valuable. Otherwise I recommend you look elsewhere. ---I found two instances where White's scholarship leaves something to be desired. Here they are: P. 13: The author has failed to do his research. The tarantula that bit Tolkien, called a baboon spider in South Africa, has a bite that, while painful, is never fatal. It's unlikely that he was in real danger. http://www.scienceinafrica.com/old/in...P. 85: White claims that the oldest surviving works of fantasy are the “Lucianic Satires,” but his scholarship seems to again be lacking; that phrase seems to be reserved for satires by later authors in Lucian's (not Lucien, as White spells it) style. The work White is probably referring to is “True History,” which is often called the first science fiction novel, which makes White’s claim that it is the first work of fantasy as opposed to science fiction problematic.

  • Roxana
    2019-05-05 21:44

    Reading about Tolkien's life was absolutely amaizing and interesting. I learned a lot about the genius who invented a complete other world for his readers. Loosing his father and then his mother in a very young age, his life wasn't easy. He blame his mother death for the reyect that their family react when her mother decided to became Catholic, that feeling made him a Catholic believer to the point that he made his wife became Catholic in order to marry her. There is a lot to say about his life and about his ideas, but what I really loved was to learn that he used to write letters to his children for Christmas, writing as he was Santa Claus, he also invented stories for them and those are maybe the very origin from where The Hobbit came. His amaizing imaginagion, his love for the language and the scandinavian mitology created made it possible for him to créate the wonderful and complete Word where The hobbits and other habitants from Middle Earth lived. If you loved the Lord of the Ring and other's Tolkien creations you must read this book

  • Peter N.
    2019-05-06 22:41

    The last decade has seen an amazing resurgence in interest in J.R.R. Tolkien. His Lord of the Rings books and the Hobbit have been pushed back into the center of the publishing world by Hollywood and Peter Jackson. I love his books. My children love his books. But unlike C.S. Lewis, Tolkien’s life has been a relative mystery to me. I enjoyed reading this short biography. I am not sure how accurate it is because it is the only information I have read on Tolkien. It is not comprehensive. It covers his early life and then spends the majority of the rest of the book looking at Tolkien’s life through the prism of how he wrote his books and the various struggles with publishing, etc. The author spends little time on his teaching and work as a professor. He spends some time on his relationship with Edith, but not much time on his relationship with his children. Still the book seems like a good introduction to Tolkien’s life, especially his creation of Middle-Earth. I enjoyed the section on C.S. Lewis as well. Despite them being linked in the Christian mind they were worlds apart in many ways.

  • K.H.
    2019-05-01 01:31

    Nothing new whatsoever at all here compared to Carpenter's biography - which still stands as probably the best book about Tolkien yet written. This book was obviously commissioned to coincide with the release of the films and the author does little to make this anything more than an overview of Tolkien's life with no real emotion or opinion. The most impressive thing about it, at least the version I read, was the cover. Fans interested in learning about the man who created Middle-Earth would do best to stick with the aforementioned biography by Humphrey Carpenter, the two books by Tom Shippey (especially The Road to Middle-Earth) and then a good going over of the The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. This book is an unnecessary addition to an already saturated selection of Tolkien related books seemingly aimed at fans of the films rather than people interested in the man behind the books. (Although, in the author's defense, he did point out very rightly that many would be offended by what Jackson would eventually put on the screen.) Simply put, read Carpenter's biography and leave this alone.

  • John Nebauer
    2019-04-20 19:50

    A good biography overall, though not superior to Humphrey Carpenter's earlier work. White is not an uncritical admirer, but he does attempt to deal with the main criticisms leveled at Tolkien's work. He might have read some of Ursula le Guin's essays in 'The Language of the Night'on why Lord of the Rings is not just 'for adolescent boys'.The work is marred by some poor editing (uninterested and disinterested are not interchangeable). There are also a number of factual errors that, though not central to the story, are nevertheless irritating. Germany did not invade Czechoslovakia five days after Chamberlain signed the Munich Agreement on Sept 29, 1938. Benes resigned as Czech president (knowing that the days of the Czechoslovak republic were numbered). The German invasion of Bohemia did not take place until March the following year. Nevertheless a well done biography. Also god to see a discussion of the Peter jackon film adaptation.

  • Harker US Library
    2019-05-04 19:45

    Michael White inserts his own interpretations of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings as he describes the life of their famed creator, J. R. R. Tolkien. From the death of his parents, to his distressing experiences on the battlefields of the First World War, to his tumultuous relationship with fellow author C. S. Lewis, Tolkien and his life are documented and analyzed in full in this biography. I found the explanation of Tolkien’s writing process, which he called “sub-creation,” particularly fascinating. Unfortunately, the author makes frequent references to his own opinions of certain events in Tolkien’s life, making the entire book seem slightly more subjective than one would expect of a work of nonfiction. Aspiring writers who wish to understand how Tolkien “sub-created” an entire new world may enjoy this biography, but devoted Middle-Earth enthusiasts who want to learn more about the fantasy realm itself may feel slightly disappointed. – Andrew R. ‘17

  • Shaleen
    2019-05-04 03:49

    I was most interested in his relationship with C.S. Lewis and this book was very enlightening. I never knew why it took him so long to finish the Lord of the Rings, but the more I found out about his personality, the more it made sense.

  • Jess Tait
    2019-04-28 23:31

    Really interesting, now I want to re-read all his books for the gazillionth time.

  • Nick
    2019-05-01 23:27

    This was a decent intro to Tolkien's life but it left me wanting more. Nice if you want a fly-by but not a deep immersion.

  • Fernanda
    2019-05-08 20:42

    Em certo sentido essa biografia foi ideal pra mim pela profundidade. Não é sempre que eu quero ler 800 páginas sobre alguma figura então 300 me pareceram o suficiente. Às vezes ela é um tanto superficial; por exemplo, eu não entendi bem por que a mãe do Tolkien virou católica ou como foi o processo de escrita/concepção de outros trabalhos considerados menores dele (mesmo que não tenham sido publicados em vida). Por outro lado, foi panorâmica o suficiente pra eu entender um pouco da personalidade dele, como foi conseguir publicar suas obras, a vida acadêmica e afetiva.A edição que eu li é bem porca, tanto pela tradução quanto pela revisão (em um momento eles alternam A Sociedade do Anel com A Confraria do Anel!). Também tenho restrições em relação ao autor. Tenho a sensação que independente da tradução, ele não escreve lá muito bem. Depois tem vários comentários totalmente passáveis, especialmente os puramente subjetivos num nível que ninguém se importa (uma igreja "horrível" foi descrita, assim como o estado emocional do Tolkien era "patético" quando se apaixonou). Isso sem contar umas análises duvidosas. Uma das piores coisas em biografias em geral pra mim é quando o biógrafo quer justificar algum aspecto da vida ou da obra do biografado; quando tenta desconstruir críticas de forma forçada; quando diminui observações de outros porque não se encaixam. Ou seja, a voz do autor me irritou algumas vezes.É bem verdade que em outras o White foi profissional o suficiente pra contextualizar uma citação ou reconhecer erros do próprio Tolkien, mas isso é o mínimo que eu espero de uma biografia decente. Então o balanço que eu faço é que essa em questão é mediana. Pude saciar minha curiosidade de uma forma geral, mas a leitura foi incômoda em vários pontos.

  • Krysta
    2019-05-16 03:30

    Because the book isn't well cited, much of what the author writes seems like speculation. How do we know how Edith was feeling if there are no quotes from friends, diaries, or letters? Does the author just think she ought to feel patronized? And how does he know that Mrs. Moore was C. S. Lewis's lover when most scholars agree there's little evidence either way? Does he just think that's more interesting when drawing a contrast between Lewis and Tolkien? There's also a lot of unconvincing pyschoanalysis. The author, for instance, is convinced Tolkien became a "fanatical Christian" (as he calls him towards the end of the book) only because his mother died when he was young. A slight disdain for religion is subsequently found throughout the rest of the book. Because, I suppose, it's not real. It's merely an adolescent hang-up.Finally, the author accuses Tolkien of being uncomfortable writing about women, suggests the LotR is subpar because of a lack of sex, and continually insists that Tolkien worships women because he was old-fashioned and read a lot of medieval literature (even though Tolkien writes in a letter to his son that women should never be put on pedestals and should be considered "companions in shipwreck.") These moments mar what could have been an interesting look at Tolkien's life, including his eccentricities when it comes to driving cars or writing to his publishers. We are, I believe, supposed to be glad that we finally have the "real" Tolkien here, not the idol other biographers have given us. Yet, in the end, I can't tell if it's real or not because not much is sourced and the author's opinion so often intrudes upon the facts.

  • Arthur Marchetto
    2019-05-01 19:47

    As (sub)criações de J.R.R. Tolkien Segundo Tolkien, a invenção do adjetivo foi poderosíssima: “nenhum feitiço ou mágica do Belo Reino é mais potente [que os adjetivos]”, disse ele em seu livro Sobre Histórias de Fadas. Assim, Tolkien continua, “podemos pôr um verde mortal no rosto de um homem e produzir horror, podemos fazer reluzir a rara e terrível lua azul, ou podemos fazer com que os bosques irrompam em folhas de prata e os carneiros tenham pelagem de ouro, e pôr o fogo quente no ventre do réptil frio. Mas numa ‘fantasia’, tal como a chamamos, surge uma nova forma: o Belo Reino vem à tona, o Homem se torna subcriador”.Para Tolkien, a Fantasia é uma das maiores formas de expressão da arte e um direito humano: como católico, ele acreditava que nós subcriamos por direito pois fomos, nós mesmos, feitos. “Não somente feitos, mas feitos à imagem e semelhança de um criador”. Provavelmente todo escritor que faz um mundo secundário, uma fantasia, todo subcriador, deseja em certa medida ser um criador de verdade, ou espera estar se baseando na realidade: espera que a qualidade peculiar desse mundo secundário (senão todos os detalhes) seja derivada da Realidade, ou flua para ela — J.R.R. Tolkien Toda a “criação” feita por mãos humanas é nomeada como secundária ou subcriativa, mas sem tons pejorativos. É uma faísca divina. Para Tolkien, algumas classificações separariam a subcriação da representação ou interpretação simbólica de belezas e terrores do mundo, que seriam os mitos. Neste, estariam as alegorias da natureza, como mudanças elementais e os processos naturais. Naquele, teriamos contos populares, histórias de fadas e os contos infantis. Entre os dois, as sagas, os épicos e as lendas heroicas humanizariam as alegorias, atribuindo os feitos naturais à heróis humanos, mais poderosos e ancestrais. Para Tolkien, a divisão é infundada.Tolkien usa Thor de exemplo e pergunta: como saber “o que veio primeiro, as alegorias naturais sobre um trovão personalizado nas montanhas, partindo rochas e árvores, ou narrativas sobre um fazendeiro de barba ruiva, irascível e não muito esperto, de força além da medida comum, uma pessoa (em tudo menos na estatura) muito semelhante aos fazendeiros do Norte, os baendr, por quem Thor era especialmente adorado”? Para ele, o ideal é supor que as narrativas apareceram ao mesmo tempo.Leia mais.

  • Andressa Soares
    2019-05-07 03:34

    Não é uma biografia extremamente completa, principalmente para fãs que já conhecem muito sobre o escritor, não há muita novidade aqui, nem material de pesquisa aprofundado. (Neste sentido seria melhor procurar a biografia escrita por Humprey Carpenter) Porém, foi uma leitura agradável.

  • Jan
    2019-04-29 20:48

    Well written and informative. I didn't realize how long he worked on the "The Lord of the Rings." Nor did I realize many of the aspects of his life. Glad I had the opportunity to read this book.

  • Guilherme Silva
    2019-05-10 22:33

    Sou um grande fã do Tolkien e de toda a sua obra, portanto este livro sobre a história do autor e o processo criativo dos livros foi um adicional excelente a esse encantador universo que é a Terra Média. O livro é muito bem acabado e os detalhes da capa e das imagens são ótimos. Ver esta faceta de Tolkien como uma pessoa complicada e teimosa e como o processo de produção dos seus livros foi bem complexo e extremamente demorado, devido principalmente a teimosia e ao perfeccionismo do autor, foi muito interessante e só aumentou ainda mais o fascínio que eu já tinha por este gênio da literatura.

  • Marcos Felipe
    2019-05-18 23:37

    Incrível! Além de ser uma ótima biografia sobre um escritor esplêndido, dá um ótimo panorama histórico e filosófico sobre a época que o Tolkien viveu e escreveu.Com certeza tem de ser relido!

  • Felipe Guerrero
    2019-05-17 22:45

    Muy bien profesor, siento que ahora lo conozco un poco mas y me siento mas cercano a su obra, fue un gran viaje para usted y toda una aventura, no es ningún misterio el por que se sentía como un hobbit, usted era un hobbit.Me gustó mucho este libro y es la segunda biografía que leo en mi vida, la primera fue la de Leonardo Da Vinci, y la verdad es que la manera en que está escrita es muy amena, no es nada tediosa ni aburrida, pero aparte de eso pues es solo una biografía.Al terminar de leerla me siento un poco triste, ya que nos enteramos de que Tolkien quiso hacer una gran cantidad de cambios tanto a El Hobbit como a El Señor de los Anillos... incluso se le ocurrió reescribir por completo El Hobbit, pero no lo hizo por obvias razones, nunca sabremos que era lo que realmente quiso hacer el profesor, ni tampoco si a él le habría gustado el resultado final de El Silmarillion, aunque quizá el mismo nunca lo abría terminado realmente.Lo que mas me llamo la atención es el como los críticos literarios atacaron (no hay otra forma de decirlo) el trabajo del profesor, se ensañaron en verdad con el escrito de Tolkien, pero yo supongo que los movía mas el interés por ir contra corriente y destacar de esta manera que otra cosa.J. R. R. Tolkien, profesor, gracias por la obra que nos dejó.

  • Kxv
    2019-05-02 22:52

    "Seguramente leyó". "Es probable que conociera a". "Lo más seguro es que". En demasiadas partes de este libro destaca más el recurso a la suposición que el dato contrastado, puro y duro. Un gran problema para una biografía que pretende (al menos a eso aspira su autor) convertirse en la principal guía para conocer y comprender a JRR Tolkien. Digamos que es un buen resumen de la bio de Tolkien. Entra en todos los aspectos que debería cubrir una buena semblanza, pero la superficialidad de la aproximación deja un sabor agridulce en la boca. Catolicismo, guerra, ecología, modernidad... todo queda apuntado, si bien mi sensación es que es un libro que bien podría escribirse sólo consultando Google. Falta investigación, sorpresa y novedad. Una pequeña mano de pintura para ilustrar una obra y un personaje, al menos, tan vasto como su obra cumbre: El Señor de los Anillos.

  • Kimberly
    2019-05-16 22:51

    This is a fantastic biography of Tolkien and his career. It gave me many other books to look at. It covers his education and the many years of writing and revising of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This gives the man somewhat of a god-like status, although one also must realize the amount of agony and patience he had in writing such a fatastic set of books. Reading though some of the literature that inspired him also helps bring connections to events of the time, as well as the classical style of epic he was pulling from. I would highly recommend.

  • Maxym Karpovets
    2019-05-19 22:57

    Загалом, книжки доволі непогана, але вже надто багато різного занудства. Наприклад, дуже роздріблена історія із Едіт, що явно перетворює читання про одного із найважливіших письменників на щось дико прозаїчне. З іншого боку, завдання Уайта показати банальний бік життя письменника - із побутом, різними дрібничками, але показати правдиво, без перебільшень. До того ж, стиль автора достатньо цікавий. Однак мені хотілося б більше аналізу власне соціокультурного! Підозрюю, що Майкл Уайт не ставив соьбі за мету розібрати творчість Толкієна на структурні октаедри, а лише позначити певні логічні етапи. Навіть у цьому разі книжку можна рекомендувати для читання.

  • Matko Knezic
    2019-04-22 00:50

    I don't know if the translators got confused and made a mistake but in my edition i found a horrible mistake on page 86 where he states that Thangorodrim was Melkor's fortress. Although created by Melkor, Thangorodrim is not a fortress, but a group of three volcanic mountains. At the foot of the mountains lies the actual fortress Angband. Another error, on the same page, states Beleriand is an elvish city. One can't even begin to express the loathsome feeling while reading said statement.The book as a whole is shallow and uninsightful. A mere scroll through the main parts of his life story.

  • Andrea Hickman Walker
    2019-05-10 02:39

    This is not the worst biography of Tolkien I've ever read. It's not very good either. There were some interesting points (particularly the jealousy and possessiveness displayed by Tolkien towards his friends and Lewis in particular), some jarring mistakes (Bilbo and Frodo are actually two completely different characters, in case you were wondering) and some rehashing of the same old themes that are covered in every biography (allegory! Catholicism! Edith = Luthien!). I'm not sorry I read it, but I would never recommend it.