J.R.R. Tolkien is the latest biography by Mark Horne in the Christian Encounter series. My daughter and I are fans of The Lord of the Rings, both books and movies, and reviewed
this book with great interest. It is a short, easy read, highlighting the influences of his family life and Christian faith on Tolkien’s work, including The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
This book is not an exhaustive biography; the author points out at the beginning that the definite biography of Tolkien is the authorized biography by Humphrey Carter, which is one of the sources cited here. Rather than redo that excellent work, Horne instead looks at the moral influences on Tolkien’s life and work.
This book is an easy, enjoyable read for anyone who is interested in the spiritual background and influences on Tolkien, especially for those without the patience or desire to read through the full Carter biography.
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