3 Minute JRR Tolkien

A biography of the world's most revered fantasy writer

Gary Raymond

As Peter Jackson’s cinematic hobbits set forth, 3-Minute Tolkien celebrates the enduring influence of the world’s most revered fantasy writer. It offers a readable, absorbing structure, dividing J.R.R. Tolkien’s life and cultural contribution into 60 neat portions, every one digestible in a mere three minutes: 20 mini-sections each on Life, Work and Influence.

From a childhood inventing new languages in the sylvan landscape of the Severn valley, through a First World War that saw him witness the horrors of the Somme, to academic success founded on a passion for Old English tales, we trace Tolkien’s life and look at the way in which it informs his creation of imaginary worlds so intricately mapped that modern readers, writers and artists continue to explore them in a quest for their myths, monsters and meaning.

GARY RAYMOND is the editor of Wales Arts Review, and lectures in English and Creative Writing at the University of Wales, Newport. He has published many critical articles on literature and social commentary, and lectured on writers including W. B. Yeats, W. H. Auden, John Steinbeck and Emily Dickinson.

JOHN HOWE is a renowned fantasy artist and illustrator of Tolkien titles and calendars, who worked alongside Alan Lee as concept artist on the Peter Jackson films The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

  • 160 pages
  • H 230mm x W 180mm
  • Hardback
  • full colour throughout
  • 36,000 words
  • Printed ISBN:978-1-908005-83-0
  • Epub ISBN:978-1-78240-023-3
  • MOBI ISBN: 978-1-78240-024-0

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