J.R.R. Tolkien: The man behind the Hobbits



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Millions of readers and movie fans worldwide know Bilbo Baggins. The title character of The Hobbit, and featured in The Lord of the Rings, Bilbo and his world of elves, dwarves, orcs, and men has captured the imaginations of several subsequent generations. Bilbo’s adventures in Middle-Earth make for a powerful story of friendship and good versus evil.

But while Bilbo feels like an old friend, what do you know of his creator? J.R.R. Tolkien is only a name to many people. However, his genius for language and storytelling in the midst of the 20th century’s violence and upheaval make for a powerful story. Tolkien’s life journey is an adventure in itself, as seen in J.R.R. Tolkien: The man behind the Hobbits.


Table of Contents:


Chapter 1: Tolkien: Man Behind the Myth - Bradley J. Birzer

      The Most Married Man

Chapter 2: Good and Evil in Middle-earth - Ralph C. Wood

      A Niggling Art

Chapter 3: A Feeling for Language - Tom Shippey

Chapter 4: Sacramental Imagination - Thomas Howard

Chapter 5: An Unexpected Party - Michael Foster

     The “Idol” Speaks

Chapter 6: Little Windows into Tolkien’s Life and Work - Chris Armstrong and Steven Gertz

Chapter 7: A Gallery of the Inklings - Jennifer Woodruff Tait, Thomas Howard, and Edwin Tait

Chapter 8: The Christian Humanists - Joseph Pearce

Chapter 9: Tollers and Jack - Colin Duriez

Chapter 10: One Truth, Many Tales - David Mills
Epilogue: Meeting Professor Tolkien - Clyde S. Kilby

Appendix 1: Timeline

Appendix 2: Recommended Resources

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