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Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth


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Note to the Reader

1. J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biographical Sketch, by Catherine McIlwaine
2. Tolkien and the Inklings, by John Garth
3. Faërie: Tolkien's Perilous Land, by Verlyn Flieger
4. Inventing Elvish, by Carl F. Hostetter
5. Tolkien and ‘that noble northern spirit’, by Tom Shippey
6. Tolkien’s Visual Art, by Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull

Reading Tolkien: ‘to England; to my country’
Childhood: ‘the undarkened heart and mind’
Student Days: ‘Friendship to the Nth power'
Sheer Invention: 'new patterns of old colours’
The Silmarillion: ‘myth-woven and elf-patterned’
The Professor at Home: ‘from time already mortgaged’
The Hobbit: ‘In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit’
The Lord of the Rings: ‘lightning from a clear sky’
Mapping Middle-earth: ‘Not all those who wander are lost’

Further Reading
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About the Author

Catherine McIlwaine is the Tolkien Archivist at The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford.


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