J.R.R. Tolkien

J R R Tolkien Christian Encounters a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church Some are familiar faces Others are unexpected guests But a

  • Title: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Author: Mark Horne
  • ISBN: 9781595551061
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Paperback
  • Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church Some are familiar faces Others are unexpected guests But all, through their relationships, struggles, prayers, and desires, uniquely illuminate our shared experience Born in South Africa and growing up in Great Britain, J.R.R ToChristian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church Some are familiar faces Others are unexpected guests But all, through their relationships, struggles, prayers, and desires, uniquely illuminate our shared experience Born in South Africa and growing up in Great Britain, J.R.R Tolkien, or Ronald as he was known, led a young life filled with uncertainty and instability His was not a storybook childhood his father died when Ronald was three years old, and his mother died just before he reached adolescence Left under the guardianship of his mother s friend and priest, Ronald forged his closest relationships with friends who shared his love for literature and languages.As Tolkien grew older, married, served as a soldier, and became a well respected Oxford professor publishing weighty works on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowulf, the Christian faith that his mother had instilled in him continued as an intrinsic element of his creative imagination and his everyday life.It was through The Hobbit and the three volume The Lord of the Rings that Tolkien became a literary giant throughout the world In his fiction, which earned him the informal title of the father of modern fantasy literature, Tolkien presents readers with a vision of freedom nothing preachy that a strong, unequivocal faith can transmit.

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    1. Mark Horne

      Mark Horne was born in Melbourne, Florida, but has also lived in Liberia, West Africa, and Kwajalein, Marshall Islands before graduating from high school After graduating from Houghton College in Western, NY, in 1989, Mark worked for American Vision, Coral Ridge Ministries, and co authored two books with George Grant After living in Nashville, TN, where he worked as a writer editor for Legacy Communications, Mark attended Covenant Theological Seminary here in Saint Louis and earned his M.Div degree in 1998 Mark has pastored two congregations since his seminary graduation, and he returned here to serve as Assistant Pastor in January 2005 Mark is a prolific writer and the author of a layperson s commentary on the Gospel of Mark.

    307 thoughts on “J.R.R. Tolkien”

    1. A decent--if unimpressive--biography of Tolkien, ostensibly focused on his religious beliefs and the impact they had on his life and work. Based on this account, however, it seems that Tolkien, though a Christian, was less affected by his faith than by his relationships--with his wife, his children, and his various friends and colleagues. Horne portrays Tolkien as a gifted man (to the surprise of no one), but also conveys the idea that, as with many geniuses, he was irritatingly idiosyncratic an [...]

    2. EvaluationThis was a good but not great book. It gave a good sketch of the life of Tolkien. It gave a good explanation of how the experiences of Tolkien’s life effected his writing. However, it was simply too short. I really liked what was there but there just wasnt enough. The role of his friendships were mentioned but simply werent explored. The role of Edith was explained in terms of their courtship and there were some indications that she wasnt happy with the academic world that she was pl [...]

    3. This is a good, short biography of J.R.R. Tolkien that does a very good job of connecting his life to his writing. Horne clearly admires Tolkien, but he acknowledges his weaknesses and paints a very human picture of the man and his life.There are surely more lengthy, and thorough accounts of his life, but for most, this will be a great way to learn more about him without having to dig into a book two or three times as long as this.

    4. I'd never read anything on Tolkien's life except for the bits that wandered into a C. S. Lewis bio or two. This was a great little way to get to know the man behind the masterpieces.

    5. Excellent biographyAn excellent biography of J.R.R. Tolkien. I knew about some of his actions but reading Horne's biography of Tolkien answered some of the questions I still had about the writer of The Lord of the Rings

    6. J. R. R. Tolkien is one of the most popular authors of modern times, and arguably the most popular author of fiction in the twentieth century. The question is, what lead to this? What were the factors that combined to form the basis of his epic? And finally, what was the meaning behind his tale? In his book, *Christian Encounters: J. R. R. Tolkien*, author and pastor Mark Horne attempts to grapple with these questions. Up front, I have to preface this by saying that I greatly enjoyed one facet o [...]

    7. The Christian Encounters series is a biographical series from Thomas Nelson Publishing House. The purpose of this series is to highlight the faith of each person presented. I am not a fan of biographies, having only read one my entire life (Bob Dylan) and not planning to read another. But then came along the chance to review the Christian Encounters book on J.R.R. Tolkien. Since the book was small and about someone I had more than a passing interest in, I decided to give it a go.Mark Horne does [...]

    8. I made a fairly late entrance into the world of J.R.R. Tolkien. In the last couple of years, I’ve begun to devour some of his works and also various critical and biographical works about him and his literature. I must admit I’ve got a long way to go and I’m still learning a lot of new things. One thing that has become clear to me is that writing a book about Tolkien is a daunting task. There’s just so much already out there and there seems to be so many potential pitfalls. In some areas, [...]

    9. This book by Mark Horne is a welcome addition to the series of short biographies in the Christian Encounter series published by Thomas Nelson. Others include J. S. Bach, D. L. Moody, Schweitzer, Columbus, Newton and Galileo. J. R. R. Tolkein (1892-1973) needs no introduction, he is the author of one of the most popular books of the previous century, The Lord of the Rings. In this short, accessible and well-written book we are introduced to Tolkein the man. The biography is chronological and chro [...]

    10. J. R. R. Tolkien was born in South Africa but grew up near Birmingham, England. His father died when he was three and his mother when he was 12, but he was strongly influenced by her Roman Catholic faith. His love of poetry and northern European languages and mythologies became a guiding passion that directed his life - from Oxford through the French battlefields of WWI and back again. But Tolkien is known best for his books, and I love the fact that The Hobbit began as a story for his children. [...]

    11. ** I received this book free from Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review.**It seems everyone is familiar with the name J.R.R. Tolkien, especially after the most recent film productions of his work. Growing up, myself, to be familiar with Tolkien’s works (we even read The Hobbit in class in… eighth grade, I want to say…), it is rewarding to be able to get a closer glimpse at the man behind the works, at his life and how it shaped him, in turn shaping the books s [...]

    12. What a great little book! Author Mark Horne presents the life of J.R.R. Tolkien succinctly. It is a quick, easy read. Horne gives you enough information to love Tolkien--if you didn't already--and to make you thirst for more. Reading it made me want to read more about Tolkien and to read more of his works, besides the most obvious ones: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, both of which I've already read.The book was obviously well-researched, as Horne brings in information from Tolkien [...]

    13. I am sure that by now, most people are at least vaguely familiar with J.R.R. Tolkien; or at least perhaps his books and/or movie adaptations. (Small confession: I never finished reading LOTR. I did, however, manage to read The Hobbit) I did find this book somewhat enjoyable to read. Horne did present a clear biographical sketch of Tolkien's life from the death of his parents, his service in WWI, and of course, the writing of his stories and novels. There were a few things that I would have appro [...]

    14. This is a short biography of John Ronal Reuel Tolkien. He was born in 1892. He was an English writer, poet, philologist, (lover of learning and literature) and university professor. Horne wants his readers to know Tolkien’s Christian faith impacted his writing.Born in South Africa he and his mother moved to England after the loss of his father. The beautiful landscape of England and his mother’s Christian influence shaped his writing style. He lost his mother when he was 12 years old, but he [...]

    15. Confession time. I’ve never read The Lord of the Rings trilogy all the way through. I know, I know. It’s absolutely crazy. Everybody and their mother have read those books. (Well, I’m not sure if my mother has read them, either.) I have read The Hobbit and at least some of the first book of the trilogy. (And I have watched the movies). I have fond memories of reading The Fellowship of the Ring while holding my son for his evening nap. And I’ve always meant to go back and finish the books [...]

    16. This brief biography of J.R.R. Tolkien offered as part of a series titled "Christian Encounters" is a wonderful little read. Author Mark Horne tracks Tolkien's entire life highlighting the relationships he had with his friends, mentors, and wife. Along the way Horne manages to touch on aspects of Tolkien's faith. Of particular interest to me were insights on how Tolkien helped lead his friend C.S. Lewis into a relationship with Christ by addressing Lewis' hesitations concerning Christ's resurrec [...]

    17. Fantasy lovers all over the world know who J. R. R. Tolkien is and what he wrote. But what we don’t know is why he brought Middle Earth to the world around us. Nor, did we have any clue what inspired him to create the characters we so dearly love. This short yet informative biography answers all those questions and sheds light on many things I’d never even thought about before now. Having fallen in love with The Hobbit as a kid, I was fascinated by all the hardships and changes Tolkien endur [...]

    18. I really enjoyed this book! Mark Horne portrays J.R.R. Tolkien in such an enduring way that makes you love the author of The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit even more. :) This is a great short biography of the author, Tolkien; you see how his life experiences helped shape Middle Earth and how he played a huge role in contributing to the fantasy genre. Here is one of my favorite parts of this book: "Tolkien's use of his own private experiences in creating his epic fantasy give us more evidence [...]

    19. If you want a quick read about Tolkien's life, this is great. Don't read it for too much insight into the protracted development of The Lord of the Rings. It is talked about but not in minute detail. It spends a lot of time on his childhood and 'early' life. Which makes sense, considering The Hobbit wasn't published till he was 45 and the LOTR at age 52! I learnt lots of fascinating stuff.While this is supposedly a Christian focused book, it's very minimal in that regard. Most of the content is [...]

    20. Like very much. A good, brief introduction to Tolkien's life, it whets my appetite for more (so I'm very grateful for the bibliographical appendix).One of Horne's key insights is how Tolkien's creativity was shaped, not just by some rote list of experiences transported into his writing, but by his enduring significant suffering, grief and loss. More and more I have been aware of Tolkien's keen insight into creation's patterns of death and resurrection, and the corresponding Christian calling to [...]

    21. I confess: I haven't read Tolkien. I've triedhonestly I have. Unfortunately, I was given The Silmarillion as an introduction. I found the book impossible. Peter Jackson's trilogy of Lord of the Rings piqued my interest again, knowing the book is always better than the movie. This biography gave me a glimpse into the writer's life. It's not fair to make an opinion after only one bio, but my impression is that of a gifted, but in many ways tragic figure. I hurt for his wife's loneliness (my percep [...]

    22. Following the motion picture experience on New Year's, I realized how familiar we are with the setting, characters, & plot structure of his work But I knew too little about the man who conceived their distinctive, yet universal-ness. I appreciate how the author tenderly unfolded Tolkein's life of loss into his uncanny ability to create another world full of details we can almost swear it is real along with details of his friendship with CS Lewis.

    23. A nifty little biographyMark Horne's J.R.R. Tolkien is an enjoyable biography of the famed writer of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It is not a large biography (130 pages) but, if you are like me and knew the a little about Tolkien and wanted to know a bit more, this biography fits the bill perfectlyRead more at: dwdsreviews/2011/

    24. This is not a thorough biography, but rather a solid chronology of the important events of his life. If you want to understand the impact Tolkien's faith had on his writings, this will be helpful. Horne also does not hide Tolkien's negative qualities - overly obsessed and perfectionistic - which almost derailed his literary projects. Nevertheless, Horne is a fan and has a certain appreciation (along with me) of the impact Tolkien has made in our own lives.

    25. I love the way this series of Christian Encounters is introduced: "We learn about life through the lives of others. Their experiences, their trials, their adventures become our schools, our chapels, our playgrounds." This is true of many who have ventured into Middle-earth, myself included. The best part of this book is the last chapter on Tolkien's legacy and how the world he sub-created teaches us how to live in and deal with our fallen world. Recommended!

    26. Never knew much about Tolkien. The book is not very long but seems to be a good overview of his life. I enjoyed it and have a better understanding of why he wrote the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Also want to read his "unfinished works" and the books his son wrote as well. His son finished his unfinished works.

    27. Didn't know what to expect from this book. It didn't really deliver. I thought it would be a biography focused on Tolkien's faith but it wasn't. It is simply a short biography. There is value in that but it wasn't memorable. I would recommend picking up a true/official biography of Tolkien. Unless you simply want a cliff notes version.

    28. As much as I LOVED learning more about the details of Tolkien's life and the background to his writing, I was a bit disappointed (especially near the end) by Horne's way of telling it. I still enjoyed this book a lot and now want to read another Tolkien biography, and, of course, more of Tolkien's works.

    29. This was an amazing biography of Tolkien. I found this book almost impossible to put down, partly because of my deep love of writing. I could completely relate to Tolkien's thoughts and feelings. It was also emotional for me. More than once it brought tears to my eyes. His life and work will continue to be an inspiration for years to come.

    30. This is a welcome addition to the short list of bios on the modern master of the heroic epic. I first read Humphrey Carpenter's biography on Tolkien when I was in 9th Grade (about 25 years ago). This is a much shorter book than that one but very well written and covers the important things. It's a fantastic introduction to Tolkien and his life and I very much recommend it!

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