Reading Log: J. R. R. Tolkien – A Life Inspired (Wyatt North)

I was beguiled into reading this anemic little book by the star rating and a glimpse of the inordinately high reviews. Instead of a biography, it is basically a recitation of facts, with the author providing little insight into what those facts might mean, or their connective tissue, akin to a long encyclopedia entry. The one area in which the author attempts to peer into the bigger picture is Tolkien’s religious beliefs (which admittedly played an important part in his life and writing), thus my belated understanding of the book’s subtitle. I myself was inspired…to purchase what looks to be a significantly more ambitious and complete biography by another author!

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