J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century

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  1. Lady_of_Shalott

    Lady_of_Shalott Weaving the Magic Web

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    Has anyone else read this book? It's a really great break-down of everything that Tolkien wrote, where some of his ideas might have come from (i.e. old Norse myths, etc.) and why his contemporaries dismissed his books as silly children's fantasy. I thought it was great.
     
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    I hadn't heard of this book. Can you tell me more about it?
     
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    LS, that sounds like a fascinating book. Did you find it in the under Tolkein's name in the bookstore, or someone elses?
     
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    It was written by Tom Shippey, a man who knew Tolkien personally. He has great insight. VERY in depth. And a lot of it focuses on why Tolkien was voted author of the 20th century. It should be avaliable at just about any bookstore. You should check it out. It really is a fascinating book. :D
     
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    Thanks. I will look for it. Can never get enough books by/about Tolkien :D
     
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    Great. After you read it let me know what you thought. It's really a book that could be disucssed. Lots of topics to bring up... :D
     
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    I certainly will. But it may be awhile. I have a stack of something like 100 books I want to read. Too bad I can't read my books at work and still get paid.
     
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    Ya, I know what you mean. Good luck getting them all read. :D