Biographies

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Susan Ang, The Master of the Rings

Inside the World of JRR Tolkien

Wizard Books, 2002. 1st edition. Paperback. Illustrated by Enrique Melatoni. Explores the life of J.R.R. Tolkien and his imaginary world of Middle-earth, discussing the themes uniting The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy and providing a detailed guide to characters, events, places, and historical background. Reprint., Explores the life of J.R.R. Tolkien and his imaginary world, Middle Earth, including themes uniting "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" and a guide to characters and places.*

Robert S. Blackham, Tolkien's Oxford

History Press, 2008. 1st edition. Paperback. Illustrated. Guide to the places and buildings in and around Oxford, connected to Tolkien, as a student, a professor and a writer. Signed and inscribed by the author on the first flyleaf.*

Robert S. Blackham, Tolkien and the Peril of War

The History Press, 2011. 1st editon. Illustrated with photo's. Paperback.

J.R.R. Tolkien's experiences of the Battle of the Somme forever imprinted on his mind, and became a dramatic source of inspiration for The Lord of the Rings. This absorbing book charts Tolkien's life from 1914 to 1918, using old postcards, maps and photographs to paint a picture of the places and times that relate to one of the leading authors of the twentieth century. Tolkien joined the army in 1915 and trained in Bedford and Brocton Camp on Cannock Chase while his wife lived in the village of Great Haywood, close to the camp. A number of the places in and around Great Haywood were destined to appear in his later works. In 1916 Tolkien learnt of the death of two of his school friends in the bloody Battle of the Somme. He contracted Trench Fever in late October 1916 and returned to Birmingham, his hometown, by hospital ship and train. The final part of the book covers his time in England, an era in which he was blighted by illness.*

Robert S. Blackham, The Pitkin Guide to Tolkien

Pitkin, 2011. 1st edition. Paperback. Illustrated with many photographs.

The Pitkin Guide to Tolkien evokes the life and works of the great writer by exploring those places where he lived, worked, socialised and visited, in particular in and around Oxford - during which time he wrote the fantasy sagas The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. These books were destined to change the face of English literature in the 20th century and in the 21st century remain ever-popular classics, and subsequent films have introduced a new generation to the works of this author. *

Robert S. Blackham, The JRR Tolkien Miscellany

The History Press, 2012. 1st edition. Hardback. Illustrated with photographs.
Entertaining and unusual facts, trivia and quotes about Tolkien s life and works. Covers the characters, films, books and life of the great author. Looks at the places that inspired his fictional world of Middle-earth and the problems that fame caused him in the 1960s. Author is foremost Tolkien expert This miscellany explores the fascinating and enigmatic world of J.R.R. Tolkien, examining his place in literary history, his books and his iconic characters. The reader can explore facts and trivia from Tolkien s life and works, including his early life in southern Africa and Birmingham, Tolkien on the silver screen, his role in the two world wars and his friendship with C.S. Lewis, as well as the places that inspired his fictional world of Middle-earth. Both light-hearted and highly informative, this miscellany offers an insight for new and old Tolkien fans into one of the great writers of the twentieth century.*

Perry C. Bramlett, I Am in Fact a Hobbit

An Introduction to the Life and Work of J.R.R. Tolkien

Mercer, 2003. 1st edition. Hardback.*

Perry C. Bramlett, I Am in Fact a Hobbit (paperback)

An Introduction to the Life and Work of J.R.R. Tolkien

Mercer, 2003. 1st edition. Paperback.*

Humphrey Carpenter, Tolkien: A Biography. Unwin Paperbacks, 1978

Uwnin Paperbacks, 1978. 1st edition thus. Paperback Illustated with photo's. Photograph of Tolkien on the cover. Antiquarian: very good condition.*

Humphrey Carpenter, J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography. HoughtonMifflin, 2000

Paperback. Illustrated with photo's.*

Humphrey Carpenter, J.R.R. Tolkien: En biografi (Swedish)

Awe, 1989. Hardback (no dustjacket issued)

Humphrey Carpenter, J.R.R. Tolkien: une biographie

Christian Bourgois, 1980. 1st edition. Paperback. French translation of Tolkien's biography. Antiquarian: very good condition.*

Humphrey Carpenter, The Inklings: C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien and friends (1981)

Unwin Paperbacks, 1981. 1st edition thus. Paperback. "A triumph of skill and tact.... not one dull or slack sentence". Illustrated with photographs. Antiquarian: very good condition (cover has a plastic covering).*

Humphrey Carpenter, The Inklings: C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien and friends (1997)

HarperCollins, 1997. Paperback. "A triumph of skill and tact.... not one dull or slack sentence".

Humphrey Carpenter, Benjamin Britten: A Biography

Scribners, 1992

1st edition. Hardback. Biography of this famous British composer. Antiquarian: fine condition.

David R. Collins, J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of Fantasy.

Minneapolis, 1992

Paperback. Written for high school students, with an amuzing cover (Tolkien reading to two orcs). Illustrated in b&w by William Heagy and many photo's, some here published for the first time.

Michael Coren, J.R.R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord of the Rings (hardback, Canada)

Stoddart, 2001. True 1st edition. Hardback. Illustrated.*

Michael Coren, J.R.R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord of the Rings (hardback)

Boxtree, 2001

Boxtree, 2001. 1st edition. Hardback. Illustrated.*

Michael Coren, J.R.R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord of the Rings (paperback)

Boxtree, 2002. 1st edition thus. Paperback. Illustrated.*

Michael Coren, J.R.R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord of the Rings (Canadian paperback)

Stoddart, 2002. 1st edition thus. Paperback. Illustrated.*

Michael Coren, Tolkien: Le créateur du Seigneur des Anneaux

French translation of the above biography

HMH, 2001. 1st edition. Paperback. Illustrated.*

John Curtis, Oxford. Jarrold, 2000

Oblong photobook on Oxford, with many Tolkien connections (such as Exeter and Merton College). He is mentioned by a picture of the pub "The Eagle and Child". 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued)

Colin Duriez, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. The Gift of Friendship

Hidden Springs, 2003

1st edition. Paperback. "This dual literary biography reveals how two major fantasists shaped each other's work."*

Colin Duriez, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. The Story of Their Friendship

Sutton, 2003

1st edition. Hardback. The British edition of the American original. "This dual literary biography reveals how two major fantasists shaped each other's work."*

Colin Duriez, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. The Story of Their Friendship

Sutton, 2005

1st edition thus. Paperback. The Britse edition of the American original. "This dual literary biography reveals how two major fantasists shaped each other's work."

Colin Duriez, The Oxford Inklings

Lewis, Tolkien and Their Circle

Lion, 2015. 1st edition. Paperback. "unpacks the Inklings' origins, relationships, and the nature of their collaboration."*

Raymond Edwards, Tolkien

Hale, 2014. Hardback. Illustrated with photo's.

J.R.R. Tolkien has arguably had a greater influence on contemporary culture and reading habits than any other twentieth century writer. Successful film versions of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have only increased interest in his work. What sort of man was he, who so profoundly changed the sort of things we read and write? When The Lord of the Rings was published, Tolkien was in his early sixties; until then, he had led the outwardly unremarkable life of an Oxford don. Yet beneath the surface conventionality, his astonishing imaginative life, nourished by the rich sources of his professional interests, grew luxuriantly. This is the first Tolkien biography since Humphrey Carpenter's authorized life of 1977 to deal with the wealth of posthumously published material; it sets Tolkien's imaginative writing firmly in the context of his academic life, shows the great personal and professional difficulties he overcame to complete The Lord of the Rings and charts his ultimately unsuccessful efforts to complete the great cycle of legends that appeared, after his death, as The Silmarillion. It also deals with Tolkien's role in the precipitous decline of his academic discipline, philology, as a university subject; and shows how, in one sense, his imaginative achievement is itself a triumphant vindication of his academic career.*

Elansea, JRR Tolkien: Codemaker, Spy-master, Hero

An Unauthorised Biography

Elansea, 2015. 1st edition. Paperback. A study into Tolkien's involvement with the secret service. Signed by both authors, Alex Lewis and Elizabeth Currie.*

John Garth, Tolkien and the Great War. The Threshold of Middle-earth

signed

HarperCollins, 2004. 2nd edition Paperback. Illustrated with photo's. Focusses on Tolkien's life as a soldier in the First World War. Signed by Garth on the title page.*

John Garth, Tolkien at Exeter College

How an Oxford undergraduate created Middle-earth

Oxford, 2014. 1st editon. Stapled wrappers. Great study, filled with new material on Tolkien's student years. Profusely illustrated with photo's. Signed by the author.*

Martin Gilbert, The Somme

Heroism and Horror in the First World War

Henry Holt, 2006. 1st edition. Hardback. "For the general reader who wants to know both what happened and how it felt for the men who did the fighting". With many references to Tolkien.*

Roger Lancelyn Green en Walter Hooper, C.S. Lewis. A Biography.

HarperCollins, 2002

1st edition thus. Hardback. In this biography of Tolkien's friend a lot of attention is paid to him as well.

The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis. Volume 1

Family Letters, 1905-1931

Harper, 2004. 1st edition. Hardback. Edited by Walter Hooper. Many references to Tolkien.*

The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis. Volume 2

Books, Broadcasts, and the War. 1931-1949

Harper, 2004. 1st edition. Hardback. Edited by Walter Hooper. Many references to Tolkien.*

Daniel Grotta-Kurska, The Biography of J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle-earth

Running Press, 1978. Second edition. Library binding with front and rear covers of the trade paperback appliquéd to the boards. Cover by the Brothers Hildebrandt (Tolkien talking to a dwarf). Antiquarian: fine condition.

Daniel Grotta-Kurska, J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle-earth. 1976

A Biography

Running Press, 1976. 1st edition. Paperback. Cover by Charles Samtora (Hobbits getting out of Tolkien's head). Antiquarian: very good condition (spine faded).*

Daniel Grotta-Kurska, J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle-earth. 1992

A Biography

Running Press, 1992. 1st edition thus. Hardback. Iilustrations by the Brothers Hildebrandt. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

Daniel Grotta-Kurska, The Biography of J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle-earth

Running Press, 1978

Pocket. Cover by Hildebrandt (Tolkien talking to a dwarf). Antiquarian: very good condition.*

Daniel Grotta-Kurska, The Biography of J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle-earth

Running Press, 2002

Paperback. Cover by the brothers Hildebrandt.*

Neil Heims, J.R.R. Tolkien

Great Writers

"This engaging biography explores the very real world of Tolkien's England and the story behind one of the most imaginative literary minds of the twentieth century." With a foreword by Colin Duriez. Philadelphia, 2004. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). *

Okkie de Jager a.o., Tracing the origins of JRR Tolkien in Bloemfontein

Article on Tolkien's childhood in Bloemfontein, South Africa, with many photographs of Bloemfontein taken at the time, as well as autographs of his dad, Arthur. In: The Post Office Stone. The Official Journal of the Postmark and Postal History Society of Southern Africa. Volume 37, number 1, July 2007.*