@CBee I'm late in posting, but this lovely bit of book mail arrived two days ago! Thank you so much for sending it to me 😊 I'm excited to read it! 📚💚
#JubilantJuly #readathon wonderful, classic biography of Tolkien.Orphaned , with the kindness of relatives & benefactors, he got a good education. WW1 intervened, he survived while the war took many of his generation.He might have just settled in to being a professor of languages & mythology, but the tales he told his children & his great imagination led him to write of Hobbits & Rings , nature & elves , a cherished series for the ages. @Andrew65
Nor was he content merely to read about dragons. When he was about seven he began to compose his own story about a dragon. “I remember nothing about it except a philological fact,” he recalled. “My mother said nothing about the dragon, but pointed out that one could not say ‘a green great dragon‘, but had to say as ‘great green dragon‘. I wondered why and still do.”
Good question Mr. Tolkien. I‘ve wondered the same.
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Don‘t #CountMeOut of this group, but I am not a Tolkien fan. I read The Hobbit years ago, and it was such a struggle. Lord of the Rings holds no fascination for me. I‘m glad there is a huge fan base, but he‘s just not for me. 🤷🏻♀️ #SoaringScores
Image of Tolkien from Wikipedia
On the intro of Faramir: ‘A new character has come on the scene (I am sure I did not invent him, I did not even want him, though I like him, but there he came walking into the woods of Ithilien): Faramir, the brother of Boromir‘
Sorry for so many quotes. I‘ve reached the part of his biography I find fascinating. He had many dry spells writing LOTR but the pressure was on when his youngest son went to war, so he often wrote him about the story.
On writing Lord of the Rings: “‘I wanted people simply to get inside this story and take it (in a sense) as actual history.‘”
On WWII: “I have in this War a burning private grudge against that ruddy little ignoramus Adolf Hitler for ruining, perverting, misapplying, and making for ever accursed, that noble northern spirit, a supreme contribution to Europe, which I have ever loved, and tried to present in its true light.”
Tolkien and driving: “When accelerating headlong across a busy main road in Oxford in order to get into a side-street, he would ignore all other vehicles and cry ‘Charge ‘em and they scatter!‘–and scatter they did.” 🤣🤣
The tagged book just took a turn to a style I find most irritating. The first third of the book describes Tolkien‘s life with awesome references to events in his life that work their way into Tolkien‘s stories. But then the author ventures into an imaginary day the author admits is pure conjecture and subsequently starts irritatingly analyzing Tolkien by his appearance in photos and now his manner of speaking. No wonder Tolkien hated biographies!
Tolkien‘s first story about a dragon. Can anyone explain why it isn‘t “a green great dragon”, but had to be “a great green dragon”?
Tolkien‘s favorite childhood book, tagged in the comments below.
“But most of all he found delight in the Fairy Books of Andrew Lang, especially the Red Fairy Book, for tucked away in its closing pages was the best story he had ever read. This was the tale of Sigurd who slew the dragon Fafnir: a strange and powerful tale set in the nameless North.”
He disliked Hans Anderson‘s fairy tales and Treasure Island proffering “Red Indian” stories.
This is one of the best written biographies I have ever encountered. It is well paced, doesn‘t present too many details, and gives scope without speculation. I only wish the recent film lived up to its source materials. While visually beautiful, it was a disjointed in its telling, altered the timeline of Tolkien‘s life, and left key elements of his life completely out. So, while I really wanted to like it, in the end it fell a bit short.
Thanks to a couple Litsians, I found out about and bought the Tolkien Biography, and thus led to the History of the Hobbit !! 💚 was sad because I *thought* I was close to the end of my Journey Through Middle Earth with it being a couple chapters away from finishing the Silmarillion.... IT IS NOT SO!! #LeaveItToLitsy #ThanksLitsy
Look! Look! This IS my ticket for the 'Tolkien Maker of Middle Earth' exibition! 😱😍😍😍😍😍
Still a month away, and l'm already going crazy.
Say, anybody in Oxford on 25th August? Or in London on 26th?
Getting a little teary eyed over lunch finishing this biography. Carpenter writes Tolkien's life with fondness and a good balance between his academic and literary work and his everyday life. It's not the most analytical but gives a nice sense of Tolkien as man, academic and writer
Almost ashamed to admit I've never read this, but it's true. 😳 We have a copy in our house now, so I've really no excuse and have at last embarked. 🚢 Just in chapter 1, but I'm already so glad I've started! 🌳✨
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