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The Worlds of JRR Tolkien by John Garth

The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien

The Places that Inspired Middle-earth

John Garth

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Imprint: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 9 Jun 2020
ISBN: 9780711241275

An expertly written investigation of the places that shaped the work of one of the world's best loved authors, exploring the relationship between worlds real and fantastical.

4 stars out of 5
4 Jun 2020

"this book was irresistible"

It is a beautiful book, physically speaking — bound in rich textured hardback and filled with beautiful illustrations, including many wonderful pictures by Tolkien himself; it looks and reads like a coffee-table book, intended for dipping into rather than reading. A lot of it is surely speculative. I don’t have much confidence in Garth’s ability to read Tolkien’s mind at this distance and link the Tower of Orthanc to Faringdon Folly in Oxfordshire, for instance. But I found that bothered me not at all.