3-Minute JRR Tolkien: A Visual Biography of The World’s Most Revered Fantasy Writer


  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Press (21 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908005831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908005830
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.8 x 2.2 cm

  We need myths. We would do well to listen attentively when they are told so well.
– John Howe

This books gives a clear and quick insight into J. R. R. Tolkien, his life, and more importantly for those interested in the myths, his work. When I ordered the book I was expecting a short quick guide to Tolkien, one of those books you buy quickly read through, then add to the collection. What I received however was a well structured book which from a design viewpoint has been very cleverly done. The book is broken up into 60 portions, each of which gives a brief yet informative snippet of information on Tolkien. These 60 portions are supposed to take 3 minutes to read which is probably a good average. The book is crammed with a large number of illustrations and photographs which are quite honestly worth buying the book for anyway, however they are presented alongside the text in such a way to make the book one of those which you’ll pick up and browse and random.

For those that have read books on Tolkien before you may not learn much new, however it’s still worth buying as it is so well produced. If you’ve read nothing about Tolkien before you should buy and read this book now 😉

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