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Tolkien and the Peril of War

Tolkien and the Peril of War
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AuthorRobert S. Blackham
Released1 September 2011[1]
FormatPaperback
Pages144
ISBN9780752457802

Tolkien and the Peril of War is a 2011 biography of J.R.R. Tolkien's experiences during the World War I.

[edit] From the publisher

J.R.R. Tolkien's experiences of the Battle of the Somme forever imprinted on his mind, and became a dramatic source of inspiration for The Lord of the Rings. This absorbing book charts Tolkien's life from 1914 to 1918, using old postcards, maps and photographs to paint a picture of the places and times that relate to one of the leading authors of the twentieth century.

Tolkien joined the army in 1915 and trained in Bedford and Brocton Camp on Cannock Chase while his wife lived in the village of Great Haywood, close to the camp. A number of the places in and around Great Haywood were destined to appear in his later works. In 1916 Tolkien learnt of the death of two of his school friends in the bloody Battle of the Somme. He contracted Trench Fever in late October 1916 and returned to Birmingham, his hometown, by hospital ship and train. The final part of the book covers his time in England, an era in which he was blighted by illness. Richly illustrated, this fascinating volume is an essential purchase for Tolkien-lovers everywhere.[2]

[edit] Further reading

  • Review: Becky Hitchin, "Life during wartime", Mallorn, vol. 53 (Spring 2012)

[edit] References

  1. Tolkien and the Peril of War at Amazon.co.uk (accessed 24 September 2011)
  2. Tolkien and the Peril of War at TheHistoryPress.co.uk (accessed 24 September 2011)