Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Review: Tolkien (How an Obscure Oxford Professor Wrote the Hobbit...) by Devin Brown

Read from October 29 to 31, 2014.

(I received a copy of this from Abingdon Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

As a fan of Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings, I was extremely excited to read this book. At only 192 pages (the last few only contain trivia), it doesn't go into too much detail, but it was surprisingly informative, nonetheless.

The author briefly touches on Tolkien's childhood and time at Oxford, and spends a little time discussing his friendship with C. S. Lewis, as well as focusing on how The Hobbit came to be.

It was an interesting and quick read, and I learned a few things about the Professor that I was surprised I didn't already know. Though not an in-depth biography, this is a good introduction to Tolkien's life, and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about him.

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