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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.*

Clyde S. Kilby, Tolkien & The Silmarillion (paperback)

A glimpse at the man and his world of myth

Lion, 1977. 1st edition. Hardback. Kilby worked shortly with Tolkien on The Silmarillion. In this book, published before The Silmarillion, he writes of his meeting Tolkien and the legendarium Tolkien is working on. Antiquarian: very good condition.*

Grevel Lindop, Charles Williams: The Third Inkling

Oxford University Press, 2015. 1st edition. Hardback. Illustrated with photo's. This is the first full biography of Charles Williams (1886-1945), an extraordinary and controversial figure who was a central member of the Inklings―the group of Oxford writers that included C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Charles Williams―novelist, poet, theologian, magician and guru―was the strangest, most multi-talented, and most controversial member of the group. 

He was a pioneering fantasy writer, who still has a cult following. C.S. Lewis thought his poems on King Arthur and the Holy Grail were among the best poetry of the twentieth century for 'the soaring and gorgeous novelty of their technique, and their profound wisdom'. But Williams was full of contradictions. An influential theologian, Williams was also deeply involved in the occult, experimenting extensively with magic, practising erotically-tinged rituals, and acquiring a following of devoted disciples. *

Doris Lynch, J.R.R. Tolkien: Creator of Languages and Legends

Scholastic, 2003. A biography of Tolkien's life with many illustrations. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued).*

Mathew Lyons, There and Back Again. In the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien

Londen, 2004

1st edition. Pocket. A trek along the landscapes and building that may have influenced Tolkien.*

Caroline McAlister, John Ronald's Dragons

The Story of JRR Tolkien

New York, 2017. 1st edition. Hardback. Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler. The story of Tolkien's love affair with dragons.*

Catherine McIlwaine (ed.), Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth

Available in June. You can pre-order

Oxford, 2018. 1st edition. Hardback.*

This richly illustrated book explores the huge creative endeavour behind Tolkien’s enduring popularity. Lavishly illustrated with over 300 images of his manuscripts, drawings, maps and letters, the book traces the creative process behind his most famous literary works – The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion and reproduces personal photographs and private papers (some of which have never been seen before in print).

Tolkien drew on his deep knowledge of medieval literature and language to inform his literary imagination. Six introductory essays cover some of the main themes in Tolkien’s life and work including the influence of northern languages and legends on the creation of his own legendarium; his concept of ‘Faërie’ as a literary construct; the central importance of his invented languages in his fantasy writing; his visual imagination and its emergence in his artwork; and the encouragement he derived from the literary group known as the Inklings.

This book brings together the largest collection of original Tolkien material ever assembled in a single volume. Drawing on the archives of the Tolkien collections at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, and Marquette University, Milwaukee, as well as private collections, this exquisitely produced catalogue draws together the worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien – scholarly, literary, creative and domestic – offering a rich and detailed understanding and appreciation of this extraordinary author.

Catherine McIlwaine (ed.), Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth

Available in June. You can pre-order

Oxford, 2018. 1st edition. Paperback.*

This richly illustrated book explores the huge creative endeavour behind Tolkien’s enduring popularity. Lavishly illustrated with over 300 images of his manuscripts, drawings, maps and letters, the book traces the creative process behind his most famous literary works – The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion and reproduces personal photographs and private papers (some of which have never been seen before in print).

Tolkien drew on his deep knowledge of medieval literature and language to inform his literary imagination. Six introductory essays cover some of the main themes in Tolkien’s life and work including the influence of northern languages and legends on the creation of his own legendarium; his concept of ‘Faërie’ as a literary construct; the central importance of his invented languages in his fantasy writing; his visual imagination and its emergence in his artwork; and the encouragement he derived from the literary group known as the Inklings.

This book brings together the largest collection of original Tolkien material ever assembled in a single volume. Drawing on the archives of the Tolkien collections at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, and Marquette University, Milwaukee, as well as private collections, this exquisitely produced catalogue draws together the worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien – scholarly, literary, creative and domestic – offering a rich and detailed understanding and appreciation of this extraordinary author.

Catherine McIlwaine (ed.), Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth. Collectors Edition

Available in June. You can pre-order

Oxford, 2018. 1st edition. Hardback. Signed. Limited to 500 numbered copies.*

The collector’s edition of Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth is a unique keepsake of the Bodleian Library’s landmark exhibition on the life and work of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Bound in cloth and hand-finished, the cover reproduces a vignette of the main exhibition image of Bilbo's arrival at huts of the Raft-elves, exquisitely recreated using a silkscreen process. The book is printed with special endpapers reproducing Tolkien’s drawing of Mirkwood.

The collector’s edition contains five unique facsimiles of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work printed on fine Italian paper, including Tolkien’s painting of the dustjacket for The Hobbit, complete with his marginal notes and the original publisher’s comments; two sides of a manuscript page from the Lord of the Rings, one with the drawing of Shelob’s Lair; the Tower of Orthanc, drawn on the back of a student’s exam paper on Chaucer (never before printed showing both sides); the 1936 Father Christmas Letter and Envelope bearing North Pole stamp (one of a series created over twenty-three years for his children), complete with a Christmas Card depicting Polar Bear’s bath which overspills, wetting the children’s gifts on the floor below; and the newly discovered map drawn by Christopher Tolkien, with J.R.R. Tolkien's annotations, from which Pauline Baynes painted her Poster map of Middle-earth.

The facsimiles are all produced to a very high standard, faithfully reproducing every detail of the originals kept in an underground safe in the Bodleian Library. They are presented in a custom-made envelope, bearing the author’s initials, matching the box and the outer carton, which also bear Tolkien’s initials. A six-page leaflet describes and interprets each facsimile item.

Each of the seven authors contributing to catalogue has signed the hand-numbered limitation page, guaranteeing authenticity and making this a truly unique edition for collectors. The edition is strictly limited to 500 copies and is expected to be in high demand.

This richly illustrated book explores the huge creative endeavour behind Tolkien’s enduring popularity. Lavishly illustrated with over 300 images of his manuscripts, drawings, maps and letters, the book traces the creative process behind his most famous literary works – The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion and reproduces personal photographs and private papers (some of which have never been seen before in print).

Tolkien drew on his deep knowledge of medieval literature and language to inform his literary imagination. Six introductory essays cover some of the main themes in Tolkien’s life and work including the influence of northern languages and legends on the creation of his own legendarium; his concept of ‘Faërie’ as a literary construct; the central importance of his invented languages in his fantasy writing; his visual imagination and its emergence in his artwork; and the encouragement he derived from the literary group known as the Inklings.

This book brings together the largest collection of original Tolkien material ever assembled in a single volume. Drawing on the archives of the Tolkien collections at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, and Marquette University, Milwaukee, as well as private collections, this exquisitely produced catalogue draws together the worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien – scholarly, literary, creative and domestic – offering a rich and detailed understanding and appreciation of this extraordinary author.

Andrew Morton and John Hayes, Tolkien's Gedling

The Birth of a Legend

Brewin Books, 2008. 1st edition. Paperback. Illustrated.

In late September 1914, J.R.R. Tolkien, his life in crisis, visited his Aunt Jane's Phoenix Farm in Gedling near Nottingham. The poem he wrote there on September 24th, "The Voyage of Earendel the Evening Star", was the spark that ignited the whole of his later mythology.Focussing on this single event, Andrew Morton and John Hayes set out to discover more about Phoenix Farm, Jane Neave and the poem. "Tolkien's Gedling", which contains over thirty previously unpublished photographs, explores the social changes in Gedling that gave birth to the Phoenix Farm project. It also contains much original material for the Tolkien enthusiast, including the fullest account so far of his influential Aunt Jane, whom many have taken to be the model for his famous wizard, Gandalf. *

Andrew Morton and John Hayes, Tolkien's Gedling - signed

The Birth of a Legend

Brewin Books, 2008. 1st edition. Paperback. Illustrated.

In late September 1914, J.R.R. Tolkien, his life in crisis, visited his Aunt Jane's Phoenix Farm in Gedling near Nottingham. The poem he wrote there on September 24th, "The Voyage of Earendel the Evening Star", was the spark that ignited the whole of his later mythology.Focussing on this single event, Andrew Morton and John Hayes set out to discover more about Phoenix Farm, Jane Neave and the poem. "Tolkien's Gedling", which contains over thirty previously unpublished photographs, explores the social changes in Gedling that gave birth to the Phoenix Farm project. It also contains much original material for the Tolkien enthusiast, including the fullest account so far of his influential Aunt Jane, whom many have taken to be the model for his famous wizard, Gandalf.

Signed and dated by Andrew Morton on the first fly leaf.*

Andrew Morton, Tolkien's Bag-End

Threshold to Adventure

Brewin Books, 2009. 1st edition. Paperback. Illustrated.

"sets out to uncover the significance of the Worchestershire manor house that famously gave its name to the home of Bilbo and Frodo.*

Anne E. Neimark, J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth Maker

Harcourt Brace, 1996

Hardback. Illustrated. Written for children.

Vic Parker, Writers Uncovered: JRR Tolkien

Heinemann, 2006. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). A biography of Tolkien, aimed at children. With many photographs.

Joseph Pearce, Tolkien: Man and Myth (hardback)

A Literary Life

HarperCollins, 1998. 1st edition. Hardback. On a cover a picutre of Tolkien in his study. "This major new study of his character and his work reveals the facts and confronts the myths. It explores the background to the man and the culture in which he wrote." Antiquairan: fine condition (spine dustjacket slightly faded).*

Joseph Pearce, Tolkien: Man and Myth (paperback)

A Literary Life

HarperCollins, 1999. Paperback. On a cover a picutre of Tolkien in his study. "This major new study of his character and his work reveals the facts and confronts the myths. It explores the background to the man and the culture in which he wrote."*

Pam Pollack, Who Was JRR Tolkien?

New York, 2015 1st edition. Paperback. Illustrated in b&w by Jonathan Moore. A biography of Tolkien, aimed at children.*

John & Priscilla Tolkien, The Tolkien Family Album

HarperCollinsn, 1992. 1st edition. Hardback. Private photo's and memories, compiled by Tolkien's daughter and eldest son. Antiquarian: very good condition (dustjacket slightly wrinkled at the edges).*

Priscilla Tolkien: "J.R.R. Tolkien and Edith Tolkien's Stay in Staffordshire 1916, 1917 and 1918"

Bergen, 1997

In Angerthas in English 3. Journal of Arthedain - The Tolkien Society of Norway. Stapled wrappers. Illustrated.

Michael White, Tolkien: A Biography

London, 2002

1st edition. Hardback. British edition of the American original.*

Michael White, Tolkien: A Biography (paperback)

London, 2002. 1st edition. Paperback. Picture of Tolkien on the cover.*

Michael White, Critical Lives: The Life and Work of J.R.R. Tolkien

Alpha Books, 2002

1st edition. Paperback. Picture of Tolkien on the cover.

Roger White (ed.), C.S. Lewis & His Circle

Essays and Memoirs from the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society

Oxford University Press, 2015. 1st edition. Hardback.

For thirty years, the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society has met weekly in the medieval colleges of the University of Oxford. During that time, it has hosted as speakers nearly all those still living who were associated with the Inklings―the Oxford literary circle led by C.S. Lewis―, as well as authors and thinkers of a prominence that nears Lewis's own. 

C.S. Lewis and His Circle offers the reader a chance to join this unique group. Roger White has worked with Society past-presidents Brendan and Judith Wolfe to select the best unpublished talks, which are here made available to the public for the first time. They exemplify the best of traditional academic essays, thoughtful memoirs, and informal reminiscences about C.S. Lewis and his circle. The reader will re-imagine Lewis's Cosmic Trilogy with former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams; read philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe's final word on Lewis's arguments for Christianity; hear the Reverend Peter Bide's memories of marrying Lewis and Joy Davidman in an Oxford hospital; and learn about Lewis's Narnia Chronicles from his former secretary. 

Representing the finest of both personal and scholarly engagement with C.S. Lewis and the Inklings, the talks collected here set a new tone for engagement with this iconic Oxford literary circle―a tone close to Lewis's own Oxford-bred sharpness and wryness, seasoned with good humor and genuine affection for C.S. Lewis and his circle.*

Bart Willemen, The Lord of Tolkien

Het innerlijke vuur van de schrijver van The Hobbit en The Lord of the Rings

Averbode, 2013. 1st edition. Paperback. Study in Dutch on Tolkien and his faith.*

Zaleski, The Fellowship

The Literary Lives of the Inklings: Tolkien, Lewis, Barfield, Williams

New York, 2015. 1st edition. Hardback. Illustrated with photo's.

C.S. Lewis is the twentieth century's most widely read Christian writer and J.R.R. Tolkien its most beloved mythmaker. For three decades, they and their closest associates formed a literary club known as the lnklings, which met weekly in Lewis's Oxford rooms and a nearby pub. They read aloud from works in progress, argued about anything that caught their fancy, and gave one another invaluable companionship, inspiration, and criticism. In The Fellowship, Philip and Carol Zaleski offer the first complete rendering of the lnklings' lives and works. Lewis maps the medieval mind, accepts Christ while riding in the Sidecar of his brother's motorcycle, becomes a world-famous evangelist and moral satirist, and creates new forms of religiously attuned fiction while wrestling with personal crises. Tolkien transmutes an invented mythology into a breathtaking story in The Lord of the Rings, while conducting groundbreaking Old English scholarship and elucidating the Catholic teachings at the heart of his vision. This extraordinary group biography also focuses on Charles Williams, strange acolyte of Romantic love, and Owen Barfield, an esoteric philosopher who became, for a time, Saul Bellow's guru. Romantics who scorned rebellion, fantasists who prized sanity, Christians with cosmic reach, the lnklings sought to revitalize literature and faith in the twentieth century's darkest years - and did so.*

Zaleski, The Fellowship (paperback)

The Literary Lives of the Inklings: Tolkien, Lewis, Barfield, Williams

New York, 2016. 1st edition. Paperback. Illustrated with photo's.

C.S. Lewis is the twentieth century's most widely read Christian writer and J.R.R. Tolkien its most beloved mythmaker. For three decades, they and their closest associates formed a literary club known as the lnklings, which met weekly in Lewis's Oxford rooms and a nearby pub. They read aloud from works in progress, argued about anything that caught their fancy, and gave one another invaluable companionship, inspiration, and criticism. In The Fellowship, Philip and Carol Zaleski offer the first complete rendering of the lnklings' lives and works. Lewis maps the medieval mind, accepts Christ while riding in the Sidecar of his brother's motorcycle, becomes a world-famous evangelist and moral satirist, and creates new forms of religiously attuned fiction while wrestling with personal crises. Tolkien transmutes an invented mythology into a breathtaking story in The Lord of the Rings, while conducting groundbreaking Old English scholarship and elucidating the Catholic teachings at the heart of his vision. This extraordinary group biography also focuses on Charles Williams, strange acolyte of Romantic love, and Owen Barfield, an esoteric philosopher who became, for a time, Saul Bellow's guru. Romantics who scorned rebellion, fantasists who prized sanity, Christians with cosmic reach, the lnklings sought to revitalize literature and faith in the twentieth century's darkest years - and did so.*

The Tolkien Name in History

Generations Network, 2009. 1st edition. Paperback. Illustrated.

The Tolkien Name in History is a customized book offering a unique blend of fascinating facts, statistics and commentary about the Tolkien name. The book is compiled from hundreds of millions of records from the world's largest online resource of family history. This particular book follows the Tolkien family name through history and makes the perfect gift for your family members and anyone interested in the Tolkien name. In the book you'll find out about where people with the Tolkien last name originated. You may discover the countries and ports they left behind, the ships they sailed and more. You'll get a better idea of where people sharing the Tolkien name settled and where they may reside today in the United Kingdom and other countries. You'll get all this information and much more in your Tolkien family name book. *