The authorized biography of the creator of Middle-earth. In the decades since his death in September 1973, millions have read THE HOBBIT, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, and THE SILMARILLION and become fascinated about the very private man behind the books. Born in South Africa in January 1892, John... read more
Part One: A Visit
Part Two 1892-1916: Early years
3 'Private-lang.' - and Edith
4 'T.C., B.S., etc.'
8 The breaking of the fellowship
Part Three 1917-1925: The making of a mythology
1 Lost Tales
2 Oxford interlude
3 Northern venture
Part Four 1925-1949(i): 'In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit'
1 Oxford life
2 Photographs observed
3 'He had been inside language'
5 Northmoor Road
6 The storyteller
Part Five 1925-1949(ii): The Third Age
1 Enter Mr Baggins
2 'The new Hobbit'
Part Six 1949-1966: Success
1 Slamming the gates
2 A big risk
3 Cash or kudos
Part Seven 1959-1973: Last years
3 Merton Street
Part Eight The Tree
Appendix A Simplified genealogical table
B Chronology of events
C The published writings of J. R. R. Tolkien
D Sources and acknowledgements