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by Daniel Grotta

  • ISBN: 0448148374
  • Author: Daniel Grotta
  • ePub ver: 1403 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (August 1, 1978)
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  • Category: Memoris
  • Subcategory: Arts & Literature
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Grotta examines how much of Tolkien's personal experience fired his incredible imagination and led to the creation of Middle Earth and its inhabitants.

Grotta examines how much of Tolkien's personal experience fired his incredible imagination and led to the creation of Middle Earth and its inhabitants.

I must say that this biography created an odd sensation in me while in the midst of reading i.

I must say that this biography created an odd sensation in me while in the midst of reading it. I was both enthusiastic and unsettled at the same time that it should be finished. The book is filled with ideas going in the wrong direction, misinformation, mediocre writing, a misrepresented Tolkien, a misrepresented Christopher Tolkien, a misrepresented Silmarillion, a misrepresented, ah, but I digress.

The first biography ever written about . Interview of Daniel Grotta by Alex Lewis about Tolkien's life, personality, work and the importance of his books for 20th century literature. Daniel's interview By Alex Lewis on Tolkien August 2012. 30 July 2012 ·. There's going to be three Hobbit films, not just two. (via Esther Schindler). JRR Tolkien - Il Signore del Metallo.

Grotta, Daniel, 1944-. Tolkien, J. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973, Authors, English, Fantasy literature, Middle Earth (Imaginary place). Philadelphia : Running Press.

R. Tolkien : Architect of Middle Earth: A Biography. Overall this is a good biography of Tolkien. It is satisfying as it makes no conjecture of Tolkien's thoughts, always referring to his letters or other record

R. It is satisfying as it makes no conjecture of Tolkien's thoughts, always referring to his letters or other record. Unlike other biographies, this is no fan inspired applaud-fest. Instead it states facts of Tolkien's life from boyhood to his death. I found an old printing of this book in a local used bookstore, but you can be sure I'm not going to sell it back. Beautifully written, however an honest, warts-and-all study.

Tolkien: Architect of Middle-earth. Tolkien: Architect of Middle-earth is a 1976 book by Pennsylvania journalist Daniel Grotta-Kurska. Tolkien: Architect of Middle-earth and . Tolkien: Architect of Middle-earth: The Biography.

The biography of J. Tolkien. architect of Middle-Earth. 2d ed. by Daniel Grotta. Bibliography: p. 189-192

The biography of J. Published 1978 by Running Press in Philadelphia. 189-192. Earlier (c1976) ed. published under title: J. 9/1209, B. Library of Congress. 197 p. ; Number of pages.

In Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium, Lúthien was the most beautiful of all the Children of Ilúvatar .

In Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium, Lúthien was the most beautiful of all the Children of Ilúvatar, and forsook her immortality for her love of the mortal warrior Beren. After Beren was captured by the forces of the Dark Lord Morgoth, Lúthien rode to his rescue upon the talking wolfhound Huan Writing.

J R R Tolkien (1892 – 1973) English author, philologist and poet. Tolkien was best known for his fantasy creations of Middle-Earth – writing The Hobbit, and the epic trilogy ‘The Lord of the Rings’. The Lord of the Rings made him one of the best selling authors of the Twentieth Century, spawning a new genre of fantasy.

J. R. R. Tolkien is one of the most beloved and enigmatic writers of the twentieth century, yet surprisingly little is known about the personal life of the author of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. After a traumatic childhood, Tolkien experienced the bloody trenches of World War I, then lived most of his life as an Oxford scholar in a cloistered academic community. In this fascinating illustrated biography, author Daniel Grotta examines how much of Tolkien's personal experience fired his incredible imagination and led to the creation of Middle-earth and its inhabitants. This edition features full-color illustrations by the Brothers Hildebrandt, whose conceptions of Middle-earth and its denizens have brought Tolkien's life's work to vivid life for legions of fans around the world.
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porosh
I'm ordering a second copy for a dear friend. It's an easy read but is perfect for introducing someone who knows little of JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, others. I paged through the "authorized biography" (Grotta is not the "authorized" Tolkien biographer) at the bookstore and my first impression was that the "authorized"version was a bit verbose and certainly not as elegant; I also appreciate biographies by authors not given special access by the family -- one always wonders where allegiances lie. If you are already quite familiar with "Tolk" this book probably has little to offer; but as a first book for someone who has been caught up in the recent movie trilogy, this is where I would start.
Zut
I must say that this biography created an odd sensation in me while in the midst of reading it. I was both enthusiastic and unsettled at the same time that it should be finished. The book is filled with ideas going in the wrong direction, misinformation, mediocre writing, a misrepresented Tolkien, a misrepresented Christopher Tolkien, a misrepresented Silmarillion, a misrepresented, ah, but I digress. The enthusiasm I felt was obviously about being able to complete it quickly, (it was written very simply, almost as if for a young adolescents), but the unsettlement arose from the fact that once I found some idea that was really out there, or some totally wrong info, I started to like looking for these, enjoying the non-fact filled fun of it all.

That is not to say that the book is all bad (hence the two stars) . Lacking the goodwill and blessings of the Tolkien Estatein writing this book, (that was given to the much praised Humphrey Carpenter,) he ends up basing it upon other writings, a few interviews of Tolkien fans and friends, and a large amount of guesswork, so he does a decent job of establishing Tolkien's early life and getting a few of the good professor's friends and old students to make a quote here and there.He also tells an interesting and factual (!!) tale of The Lord of the Rings' first print run and its subsequent print history. So far so good huh?

The problems start to arise almost at the begining when Grotta states that Tolkien was exceedingly lazy and noncommital, flitting from one project to another, hopelessly muddling things. While there is some degree of truth to this,there is no way anyone can say that these exaggerated terms are true.When you are a highly respected childrens author, , almost unarguably the best writer of English literature in this century, one of the highest decorated professors of language in western culture, and you create an entire world with history and multiple languages along with it, you don't really find time to be lazy.

Also, as in almost every other review of this book, Grotta shows a definate grudge against the Tolkien Estate, not pulling any punches when he mentions it. It is understandable that one might be hurt at the rejection, but hey, it is their choice who gets access to Estate holdings. You don't just let anyone who comes along wanting to write a biography have total and free access to your things, do you?

I will give him some slack because the main bulk of his text was written and published before the Silmarillion was released. This glaringly shows throughout the book though. He later (in a subsequent printing) includes a chapter about the Silmarillion, but he never goes back and fixes his inferrences about the early histories of Middle Earth. He says that there wasn't any evil before the creation of the world, but in the Silmarillion, the first part tells how Morgoth came to be before the creation! There are many more like this.

Another annoyance is in his new chapter on the Silmarillion, you can see that he just skimmed it, or maybe he just bought the cliff-notes. He makes out the Valequenta to be a lesser, almost nonessential work, (is he insane?), and the only real description of any of the stories found within is of Beren and Luthien. He does a quick and ugly job of it, making it sound rather boring, meanwhile he keeps saying that Thingol (the king and father of Luthien) is really Luthien's brother! Arrrggg.....

But one of the most glaring irresponsabilities is this, taking Christopher Tolkien's name and rubbing it around in the dirt. Grotta puts him down at almost every chance. He claims that Christopher actally rewrote huge sections of manuscript (in the Silmarillion), and that it could obviously be told because they weren't worded the way that Tolkien did in his other works, saying they were much more ameturish. Sorry bud, but there isn't any bit of ameture within any of his books, and there was never any intention of it being written in the same style. Actually, most of it was rewritten by Tolkien himself in an effort to fit in with his now published works (Hobbit and LOTR), and at the same time to condense it to a more readable narrative style, because the original works were to large to all be published together. He later goes on to say that he hopes that Cristopher doesn't have any intentions of writing his own fictions, Middle Earth or otherwise, because we can now see how poorly he writes. Ouch! On another note about Christopher, Grotta slips into calling him Tolkien as if it were his father's name, making for total confusion if your not paying close attention.

Another danger point of this book is the choice of artwork. Once again someone has taken the Hilderbrandt brothers' art and strewn it chaotically across the pages of a book. I guess it is rather fitting though that an irresponsibly written book should have irresponsible paintings. I know that these are just their interpetations, but come on, we don't have to make them so popular. Most of their work looks like it belongs in a children's fairy tale, which would be alright for the hobbit maybe, but perhaps they should have taken a que from Tolkien and when he changed his style to epic writing, they should have followed suit with epic paintings.Thay also seem to have a poor eye for the proper details, painting peoples and castles as if Tolkien didn't descibe them properly.

My final word is to avoid it at almost all costs, unless you find a cheap copy like I did to at least make the booksheves look nice.
Coirad
This is a work of minimal value, written by someone who seems to have an axe to grind.
The book left me with two impressions. The first impression is that the author did not really have anything new to contribute to an understanding of the life of Tolkien, instead relying on humorous anecdotes, rehashing of Tolkien's relationship with CS Lewis, and materials found elsewhere. The second impression is that the author bears a serious grudge against the Tolkien family for not permitting the access to family papers that was accorded to the authorized biographer, Humphrey Carpenter. This grudge is manifested in snide asides about Tolkien's literary executors. Finally, I must criticize the author for his excursus into the politics surrounding the Nigerian civil war. What this has to do with Tolkien is unclear at best.
Money is far better spent on Humphrey Carpenter's biography, and his edition of letters (especially the letters). It is in the letters where the spirit and genius of Tolkien best comes through.
Give this volume a miss.
Xisyaco
The book is quite poorly edited. It includes footnote symbols without corresponding footnotes. It has numerous mis-spellings and some instances of poor grammar. It also includes many, many instances where citations of the sources of information are needed and not given. Overall, it gives the impression of being "half-baked." Quite a poor book, particularly from a journalist.

Perhaps, though, the most telling observation may be that it is hopelessly out-of-date. The more recent works regarding the writing of the LOTR make this early attempt quite trivial, incomplete, and not authoritative.

I bought an old, battered paperback copy for several dollars at a used bookstore, and, for the (unintended) amusement value alone, I don't feel cheated.

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