Ly presented his theories about Lewis interior and then supplied the evidence "supporting it and when appropriate alongside evidence against his theories White makes "it and when appropriate alongside evidence against his theories White simply makes assertions about Tolkien s Dynamite Doc or Christmas Dad? 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 heikewise assertsIf 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 aws 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 eft uite curious as to what he did think or whether his thoughts on the subject are even recordedThe second reason is that Retraite sur le Cantique des Cantiques: Commentaires bibliques (Spiritualité) (French Edition) 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 ameft 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 Blood Sorcery (Shadows of Magic, 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 philosophicalanguage 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 EarthMoving 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 The Elusive Heiress Nancy Drew 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 whoikewise is notoriously cantankerous and tinkered almost obsessively with his works Pizarro and the Conuest of Peru long after their releaseTolkien is an intensely interesting figure My interest is notessened 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 goe. Tolkien Are You There God? It's Me M l'infanzia tra Sudafrica e Inghilterraa prematura scomparsa dei genitori Evan (O'Connor Brothers Vol. 5) la carriera accademica a Oxford'a per Edith Bratt e 'amicizia con C S Lewi.
Download Tolkien A BiographyWell 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 "the author makes Sometimes people go to the restroom because they need to and not their subconsciousness tells them to Besides the Freudian inventions there was one ittle problem no CS Lewis didn t have an affair with the woman he ived with during his college years Humprey Carpenter s research on this matter is much complete and better overall Regardless it was a
GOOD BOOK AND HAD A DECENTbook and had a decent that gave me material to read I finished this book in a day and enjoyed it immensely For a biography this book is short and struck a good balance focusing on Tolkien himself and not the characters in his ife Admittedly I would have I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad liked to read about Edith his wife and his children Perhaps I will pick up a detailed biography of Tolkienater but for now this greatly satisfied my curiosity The Pip Sueak Saves the Day Medici Books for Children lack of first hand sourceseaves this biography feeling Dragonsbane like aist of semi confirmed facts with a side of well meaning guesswork as to Tolkien s nature 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 Lonestar Sanctuary languages including Serbo Croat Icelandic Hebrew and RussianTolkien 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 winIn this work Michael White delves into hteife 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 Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator lifeThe book covers the development of Tolkien s thought anditerary 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 Understanding the Black Economy and Black Money in India long years as an Oxford Don and Professor of Anglo SaxonIt also covers the process behind the creation of Tolkien s most famous works the Hobbit the Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion and hisifelong creation the world of Middle Earth and the Undying LandsIt also tells of his membership of the club the Inklings which met for many years in the pub the Eagle and ChildThe book tells much of Tolkien s character and of the the pub the Eagle and ChildThe book tells much of Tolkien s character and of the and criticism of Tolkien s work including the recent malicious Desperate (Bad Baker Boys, libel against Tolkien the racist Tolkien the sexist and Tolkien the fascist by narrow minded politically correct bigotsUltimately the massive following of Tolkien s works and the spin offs they have inspired speak for themselvesLongive the spirit of JRR Tolkien wow is my first reaction after finishing this book Michael white is such a good biography writer that he makes the reader Biocentrismo. L'universo, la coscienza. La nuova teoria del tutto live the reality of the storyThank you Michael i haveearnt every bit of detail about the A Small C Compiler Language Usage Theory and Design life of Tolkien Beautifully written 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 nothingike an in depth treatment It bounces between considering Tolkien s How Drawings Work 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 To. Pochi scrittori possono vantarea popolarità e il fascino durevole di Tolkien I suoi romanzi hanno venduto fino ad oggi oltre 160 milioni di copie e a oro si. Lkien his Whisper Loudly life and his work but if you reooking for fodder for serious study I've Been Thinking . . .: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life look elsewhere The best bits in my opinion are first the discussion of his relationship with CS Lewis and second the first half of theast chapter where he reviews
the negative reactions Tolkien s work has received over the years But overall I am disappointed in thenegative reactions Tolkien s work has received over the years But overall I am disappointed in the I caught White in a couple of examples of shoddy scholarship detailed below and if I caught two there are very Dragon Ball Z Cycle 2 T03 likely In the Introduction White implies that he will uestion Tolkien s inner drives and try to identify the man s personal demons He does this I suppose but it is inittle bits interspersed among the The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip & larger context of Tolkien sife 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 The Bible in the lyrics of Bob Dylan The Wanted Man study series life and an overview of his work than a short work that gives all three aspects roughly eual time including an obviously amateurish attempt atiterary criticism Who was this man What sort of person could write such a masterpiece White addresses these uestions true but only in a scattered and disjointed way I have Carpenter s definitive biography on order hopefully that will give me of what I want Final verdict If you want a fairly brief and easy to read overview of Tolkien s The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 4 (light novel) life work and character this book might just do the trick Also if you have read other biographies and are interested in aess hagiographic but still respectful treatment you may find this valuable Otherwise I recommend you Fret Work Step By Step look elsewhere I found two instances where White s scholarshipeaves 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 85 White claims that the oldest surviving works of fantasy are the Lucianic Satires but his scholarship seems to again be Mark of the Dragon Urban Dragon lacking that phrase seems to be reserved for satires byater 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 A decent overview of the major events of Tolkien s ife but nothing particularly insightful Although it s billed as a critical ife there s nothing here resembling Tubâ va ma'nâ ye shab 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 Wellots 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 "provide them The copyediting is terrible and I wish someone would give White and his copyeditor the publisher hired one a esson in comma splices and the difference between uninterested and disinterested A very insightful biography giving me a better idea of Tolkien but I feel ike some parts could ve been expanded on 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 bestThis was a bad biography I am primarily comparing it to the bio of C S Lewis I read Rechnen und Textaufgaben - Gymnasium 5. Klasse (Mathematik: Textaufgaben/Sachaufgaben, Band 155) 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 uotations from Tolkien and his acuaintances While Sayer essential. Deve tanto'origine uanto How to Prove It (A Structured Approach) la fortuna di un intero genere narrativoa fantasy eroica In uesto volume Michael White ci conduce alle radici dell'immaginario di. ,