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I've always been a big fan of J. R. R. Tolkien. I first read The Hobbit when I was in third grade, followed up by The Lord of the Rings. Mark Horne has written a short and succinct biography of Tolkien as part of the Christian Encounters series by Thomas Nelson Publishers. Horne details Tolkien's life from birth in South Africa to his death in 1973. Along the way, we meet the people, towns, and countryside that influenced much of Tolkien's writing. We learn that C. S. Lewis was one of The Lord of the Rings' biggest fans, almost causing that to be a detriment because of his status as a Christian apologist. We learn about how piracy of the book caused it to become more popular. We learn about Tolkien's faith as a Roman Catholic and his wife's conversion just so they could get married. Tolkien was very much a family man and one of his primary concerns was providing for his family. We see that in this book. If you don't want to read one of the more definitive or larger biographies of Tolkien, then I would highly recommend this book.
This book was provided free as part of Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program.