Tolkien and the Great War : the threshold of Middle-earth / John Garth.
By: Garth, John.Material type: BookPublisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2003Description: xviii, 398 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0618331298; 9780618331291.Subject(s): Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973 -- Childhood and youth | Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973 -- Knowledge -- History | Literature and history -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century | World War, 1914-1918 -- England -- Literature and the war | Soldiers' writings, English -- History and criticism | Fantasy fiction, English -- History and criticism | Authors, English -- 20th century -- Biography | Soldiers -- Great Britain -- Biography | World War, 1914-1918 -- England | Middle Earth (Imaginary place) | War in literatureDDC classification: 828/.91209 | B
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 371-382) and index.
Part 1: The immortal four -- Part 2: Tears unnumbered -- Part 3: The lonely isle.
This book tells the full story of how Tolkien embarked on the creation of Middle-earth as the world around him was plunged into the catastrophe of World War I. It reveals the horror and heroism that he experienced as a signals officer in the Battle of the Somme and introduces the circle of friends who spurred his mythology into life. It shows how, after two of these brilliant young men were killed, Tolkien pursued the dream they had all shared by launching his epic of good and evil, using his mythic imagination not to escape from reality but to reflect and transform the cataclysm of his generation. Author Garth argues that this foundation is the key to Middle-earth's enduring power. While his contemporaries surrendered to disillusionment, he kept enchantment alive, reshaping an entire literary tradition into a form that resonates to this day.--From publisher description.