J. R. R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend

J R R Tolkien The Making of a Legend Perfect for Tolkien enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes this delightful and accessible biography brings the enigma behind The Lord of the Rings franchise to lifeLong before the successful The Lord of

  • Title: J. R. R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend
  • Author: Colin Duriez
  • ISBN: 9780745955148
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Paperback
  • Perfect for Tolkien enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes, this delightful and accessible biography brings the enigma behind The Lord of the Rings franchise to lifeLong before the successful The Lord of the Rings films, J.R.R Tolkien s creations, imagination, and characters had already captured the hearts and minds of millions of readers But who was the man who dreamt up tPerfect for Tolkien enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes, this delightful and accessible biography brings the enigma behind The Lord of the Rings franchise to lifeLong before the successful The Lord of the Rings films, J.R.R Tolkien s creations, imagination, and characters had already captured the hearts and minds of millions of readers But who was the man who dreamt up the intricate languages and perfectly crafted world of Middle earth Tolkien had a difficult life for many years orphaned and poor, his guardian forbade him from communicating with the woman he had fallen in love with, and he also suffered through the horrors of World War I An intensely private and brilliant scholar, he spent than 50 years working on the languages, history, peoples, and geography of Middle earth, with a consistent mythology and body of legends inspired by a formidable knowledge of early northern European history and culture J.R.R Tolkien became a legend by creating an imaginary world that has enthralled and delighted generations.

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    1. Δεν είμαι φίλος των βιογραφιών αλλά για την περίπτωση αυτή (όπως και για ελάχιστες άλλες) έκανα μια εξαίρεση. Ευτυχώς η γραφή δεν είναι κουραστική και το επίπεδο της λεπτομέρειας δεν είναι τόσο εξαντλητικό ώστε να κουράζει. Πιστεύω πως όσοι γοητεύονται από τα έργα του καθηγ [...]

    2. Αγαπώ πολύ τις βιογραφίες και η συγκεκριμένη αποδείχθηκε εξαιρετικά ενδιαφέρουσα! Δείτε το video-review εδώ.

    3. I haven't read the Lord of the Rings. I do have a beautiful copy when I do get around to it. I do have the DVD's and went to all the movies. Peter Jackson has done an amazing job and we do have a Beautiful Country.I don't read a lot of Non Fiction but I do enjoy real stories. Especially about Authors to find out what their lives were like is so good. There are so many Authors out there and millions of readers maybe the could do B news (E News) so we can find out about their lives.I enjoyed this [...]

    4. They say, write what you know.But what if you happen to write about things like Orcs, Hobbits, and Elves? Do you really know this enough to write about it? In a way, yes, JRR Tolkien did write what he knew. Or, more like it, the way he saw the world. Overcoming tremendous odds, he gave us some of the best loved stories that still thrive today.When you read this book, you're getting an intimate peek inside a complex individual that was molded by his fair share of life, death, loss, and love. Be p [...]

    5. Zase jsem ti o trochu blíže Tolkiene.I když na Carpenterům životopis to nemá, pořád se jedná o kvalitně zpracovanou knihu o jednom z nejdůležitějších autorů vůbec. Obrazová část mohla být klidně rozsáhlejší, ale postačila i v takovém měřítku. Za mě určitě ano!

    6. As the saying goes, “Rome was not built in a day.” Wars were fought and won, infrastructure was built and fortified, and the culture of the ancient West flourished as a result. Similarly, the Middle-Earth of Tolkien’s imagination did not spring up ex nihilo from his imagination but is the culmination of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien’s life work. Various elements of Middle Earth had their genesis in his life experience and academic pursuits of Tolkien. In Tolkien: The Making of a Legend, note [...]

    7. Although, I have been a fan of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings for years, I knew very little about the author behind these magical works. More has been written about J.R.R. Tolkien than by him. He has been studied by scholars and critics for generations. Tolkien is enigmatic and complex, as is his work. For those reasons and a myriad of others, I was so pleased to be introduced to this Tolkien biography by Colin Duriez. In the forward, Doriez writes, “Though my book is not intended for sc [...]

    8. Of Tolkien Duriez says, “Myth and story was embodied in language” (p. 143) and myth and story restore “a true meaning of ordinary and humble things that make up human life” (p. 176). That sums up his life and writing in my estimation. I’ve read Humphrey Carpenter’s biography which is the official biography of Tolkien and I’ve also read the Tolkien Letters. Duriez’s J. R. R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend is as much a must read for Tolkienphiles.I not only enjoyed refreshing my h [...]

    9. An honest and intimate account on J.R.R Tolkien’s life and his work, capturing in essence the man behind the myth This beautiful book delves back to the time long before the Peter Jackson film phenomenons of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ to when J.R.R Tolkien’s characters, imagination and creations captured the hearts of many readers. The intricately built world that he created, the people’s and languages are so spellbinding that Colin Duriez looks at the man behind his masterworks. The man [...]

    10. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, know as J. R. R. was born on 3 January 1892, in Southern Africa. He was the first son of Arthur and Mabel, and was joined by a brother Hilary on 17 February 1894.Both boys had a had sad beginning, loosing their Dad in 1896, and their Mom to Diabetes, there was no treatment. They became the wards of a priest, and soon lived with a woman who gave them room and boardat is it. How sad, and yet each point of his life shows the rich mind he possessed, and later shows up in b [...]

    11. Είχα σήμερα ρεπό και το διάβασα. Καλό βιβλίο με καλό ρυθμό αλλά κάτι μου έλειπε. Ακούμε πολύ από τα χρόνια του τολκιν όταν ήταν μικρός και πως μεγάλωσε. Αλλά μετά, τα χρόνια που έγγραψε τα σημαντικά έργα του, τα περνάμε πολύ γρήγορα. Κρίμα γιατί ήταν βιβλίο με ενδιαφέρον. Μου λ [...]

    12. Táto kniha pojednáva o živote J.R.R. Tolkiena. O jeho neľahkom detstve (sirota od dvanástich rokov), dospievaní a zakázanej láske k Edite, jeho neskoršej manželke, láske k jazykom a mytológií, zážitkom z vojen, jeho literárnej a vedeckej práci, i priateľstvách, či už s Lewisom, členmi The Inklings, alebo ešte študentského T. C. B. S V podstate sa dá povedať, že kniha je celkom vydareným počinom. Je primerane obsiahla i odborná. Autor pracuje s dôveryhodnými a ser [...]

    13. I greatly enjoyed reading my friend and scholar Colin Duriez’s book “J.R.R.Tolkien The Making of A Legend.”J.R.R.Tolkien is one of my literary hero’s along with C.S.Lewis. He sadly lost his mother and father at a young age, and suffered trauma from the hell of WWI. He was an incredible philologist,wrote an epic myth based off of the love had with his wife Edith Bratt Tolkien, gave the world a masterpiece work of mythical literature that took him 13 years to write, and was an incredible, [...]

    14. Creo que el título no le puede quedar mejor. Centrado más en los años de formación y madurez, vemos cómo Tolkien fue forjando su vida y su carrera profesional y cómo en segundo plano siempre se fue gestando el nacimiento de la tierra media y la mitología que terminaría en el Señor de los Anillos. Una gran lectura.

    15. Good little book with little gems of narrative and philosophy, especially when discussing Tolkien and his close friends in his T.C.B.S. (Tea Club / Borrovian Society), the Coalbiters and the Inklings (which included, among others, C.S. Lewis).

    16. Despite not being official biography of this amazing author, storyteller and professor, this book written by Colin Duriez is a very well crafted tribute to him. The Making Of a Legend is simply put a book for the very devoted fans. It's a very thorough research put into a story-like non-fiction piece and as thus, it really could bore you if you are not devoted. The book starts with Tolkien being born and thoroughly explains his childhood and especially his influnces during his studies, impact of [...]

    17. Title: J. R. R. Tolkien: The Making of a LegendAuthor: Colin Duriez Pages: 192Year: 2012Publisher: LionThis book is about the life of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, the man who created the world of Middle-earth and wrote books about this fantasized world that he imagined as a child. Tolkien was born January 3, 1889, to Arthur and Mabel Tolkien in South Africa. The imagination of Tolkien evolved with many eventful experiences that changed and shaped his life. When he was still young, John and his br [...]

    18. I find it fascinating to see how an author's life shaped his work and Duriez patiently draws out the many real life influences and events that - in different ways - surfaced in Tolkien's great works.There is his long courtship of his wife Edith including a 3 year enforced separation when his guardian forbade him to have any contact with her. There is more than one middle earth romance that has echoes of that hardship. With her singing in a forest clearing - Edith may have been an inspiration for [...]

    19. J.R.R. Tolkien has inspired generations with his movies The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit which are both now in movie theaters and for a long time in print. What is not often known about the movies and the books Tolkien wrote is the decades of hard work that went into writing and researching the material that would become The Lord of the Rings series. In his new and very insightful book J.R.R. Tolkien: The Making Of A Legend Colin Duriez takes us behind the curtain to see the man Tolkien with [...]

    20. In timely fashion, Kregel is releasing Colin Duriez’ book on J.R.R. Tolkien just time. With a resurgence from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies and now the release (of the first installment, anyway) of The Hobbit, Tolkien and all things Middle Earth have perhaps never been more popular. So what a great time to learn more about their creator/author.Duriez does a masterful job of not trying to write a biography as much as help the reader understand how this master of languages and myth [...]

    21. This was a surprisingly fascinating book. I have a clear picture of Tolkien as an elderly Oxford professor smoking a pipe near a hedge in front of a lovely cottage. I'm not sure where that image comes from, but I'm sure I've imagined meetings of the Inklings over a few pints reading each others prose, laughing and arguing. I was also aware that he was in Europe during World War I. What I didn't expect was a childhood moving from Africa to several locations in England without a father and then as [...]

    22. Summary:J. R. R. Tolkien was the author of fantasy fiction books that rang in a new type of sensory experience. From his creations of dwarves, elves, hobbit's, and descriptions of a place called Middle-earth. He created unique physical descriptions, as well as dialects and languages.J. R. R. Tolkien was a professor at Oxford, teaching Anglo-Saxon and English Language and Literature.He devoted his lifetime to reading and studying northern European peoples. This led to the creation of a language b [...]

    23. I've always been interested in how a book or a series of books like Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit come to be written. How does one take an idea (an inkling really) and turn it into a story that will catch the imaginations of millions over the years & around the world?What you'll find in this biography is a book spanning the long life of J.R.R. Tolkien and the experiences that he lived through that helped him form the events within the book. From growing up & being raised by the Cath [...]

    24. From the very first page of this book it is clear that the author, Colin Duriez, is an amazing source of knowledge regarding all things Tolkien. This book is filled with impressive depth of knowledge about Tolkien's life from a very young age, even mentioning memories Tolkien had from toddlerhood when he lived in Africa. Tolkien's entire life is laid out in great detail, including the loss of his parents at a young age and his subsequent education which lead him to friendships with influential p [...]

    25. I decided to review J. R. R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend because I was curious about Tolkien. I've never read any of his books: no Hobbits, no Lord of the Rings,none of it. I probably should: they're such classics, and his Lord of the Rings is supposed to share a lot of inspiration with Wagner's Ring Cycle of operas, which fascinate me. Anyway, when Kregel books offered J. R. R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend, I said yes.I enjoyed the book. It's a basic story of J. R. R. Tolkien's life. I l [...]

    26. If I was looking for a thorough biography of Tolkien, or a deeper psychological analysis of connections between how he constructed his fantasy worlds and his personal experience, I am sure there are other books I might turn to first--indeed, one of this book's strengths is how it summarizes and cites much that has been covered before. To be honest, I just happened upon this book, and as I have always admired both Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, and sometimes secretly romanticized what it would be like [...]

    27. This brief biography on English author and oxford scholar J.R.R. Tolkien provides an excellent glimpse into the life of the man who would almost single handedly invent the fantasy genre. From his early schooldays where he and some friends formed the Tea Club Barrovian Society(or T.C.B.S. for short) to his time as an oxford professor where he formed the inklings with notables like C.S. Lewis, much of his life is detailed. From the harrowing experiences Tolkien had firsthand in World War I where s [...]

    28. Since my husband is the bigger Lord of the Rings fan, I am going to give mostly his review here.My favorite books are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I have read them many times in my life. I have watched the movies (the extended director’s cut, even) and am eagerly awaiting the rest of The Hobbit movies. So, I was interested to learn more about the man behind one of my favorite worlds.This book gives insight in the past of Tolkein in an effort to let you know why he wrote his famous boo [...]

    29. Having never read a book by J.R.R. Tolkien, I found Colin Duriez’s book about Tolkien one of great enlightenment, set in a manner that was both intriguing and interesting. For those who have read Tolkien’s books, but know little about his background, this will be a satisfying read, understanding the mind behind the stories.The very personal aspects of Tolkien’s life will resonate with some, and bring wonderment at how he used his life to create the worlds in his books. His brilliant mind i [...]

    30. Colin Duriez does a fantastic job of writing in an engaging way. Not a dry, factual biography, he truly tells the story of Tolkien's life. Clearly, Duriez knows his subject. In fact, according to his biographical info, he appeared as a commentator on the Lord of the Rings DVDs. You can bet I'm putting those in again to find that commentary.This biography was fascinating. Most of what I knew about Tolkien came from reading about C. S. Lewis, so it has been particularly intriguing to learn a bit m [...]

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