Biografieën

Voor een levenbeschrijving van Tolkien is er keus te over. Toch is de beste biografie nog steeds een van de oudste: die van Humphrey Carpenter. Geautoriseerd, dat wel, maar medewerking van de familie wil niet zeggen dat het een hagiografie is geworden. Het betekende wel dat Carpenter toegang had tot het privé-archief van Tolkien, wat van alle andere biografen niet gezegd kan worden.

Alles is nieuw, tenzij in de beschrijving anders staat aangegeven.

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"Dit is professor Tolkien" brochure

Dubbelzijdige publiciteitsfolder door Het Spectrum in 1956 uitgegeven om informatie te geven over Tolkien en het boek dat net bij Het Spectrum was verschenen, In de Ban van de Ring. Geïllustreerd. Antiquarisch: zeer goede staat (een klein bruin vlekje in de vouw).*

Susan Ang, The Master of the Rings

Inside the World of JRR Tolkien
Wizard Books, 2002. 1e druk. Paperback. Geïllustreerd door Enrique Melatoni. Een korte biografie van Tolkien, achtergrondinformatie, overzicht van de geschiedenis van de eerste, tweede en derde era, een wie-is-wie in Midden-aarde.*

The Birmingham Tolkien Trail brochure

Dubbelzijdige, geheel in kleur brochure over de jeugd van Tolkien in en rond Birmingham.*

Robert S. Blackman, The Pitkin Guide to Tolkien

Pitkin, 2011. 1e druk. Paperback. Geïllustreerd met veel foto's.

The Pitkin Guide to Tolkien evokes the life and works of the great writer by exploring those places where he lived, worked, socialised and visited, in particular in and around Oxford - during which time he wrote the fantasy sagas The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. These books were destined to change the face of English literature in the 20th century and in the 21st century remain ever-popular classics, and subsequent films have introduced a new generation to the works of this author. *

Robert S. Blackham, The JRR Tolkien Miscellany

The History Press, 2012. 1e druk. Ingebonden. Geïllustreerd met foto's.

Entertaining and unusual facts, trivia and quotes about Tolkien s life and works. Covers the characters, films, books and life of the great author. Looks at the places that inspired his fictional world of Middle-earth and the problems that fame caused him in the 1960s. Author is foremost Tolkien expert This miscellany explores the fascinating and enigmatic world of J.R.R. Tolkien, examining his place in literary history, his books and his iconic characters. The reader can explore facts and trivia from Tolkien s life and works, including his early life in southern Africa and Birmingham, Tolkien on the silver screen, his role in the two world wars and his friendship with C.S. Lewis, as well as the places that inspired his fictional world of Middle-earth. Both light-hearted and highly informative, this miscellany offers an insight for new and old Tolkien fans into one of the great writers of the twentieth century.*

Robert S. Blackham, Inspiring Lives: JRR Tolkien

The History Press, 2019. Paperback. Geïllustreerd met foto's.

This covers the fascinating and enigmatic world of J.R.R. Tolkien, examining his place in literary history, his books and his iconic characters. The reader can explore facts and trivia from Tolkien's life and works, including his early life in southern Africa and Birmingham, Tolkien on the silver screen, his role in the two world wars and his friendship with C.S. Lewis, as well as the places that inspired his fictional world of Middle-earth.*

Perry Bramlett, I Am in Fact a Hobbit

An Introduction to the Life and Works of J.R.R. Tolkien
Mercer, 2003. 1e druk. Ingebonden.*

Perry Bramlett, I Am in Fact a Hobbit (paperback)

An Introduction to the Life and Work of J.R.R. Tolkien
Mercer, 2003. 1e druk. Paperback.*

José Bru, "Uncle Curro"

JRR Tolkien's Spanish Connection
Edinburgh, 2018. 1e druk. Paperback. Gesigneerd door de auteur.

This book is a biography, but also more than that. It reconstructs the little known personal journey of Francis Morgan Osborne (1857-1935), a Catholic priest born in Port St Mary’s (Spain), guardian and “second father” of J.R.R. Tolkien, one of the most celebrated authors of our time.

This is the result of a thorough investigation, carried out between Spain and England, with the support, among others, of Priscilla Tolkien, daughter of the author, whose testimony provided previously unpublished insight into the connection between her father and Spain, through his guardian.

Humphrey Carpenter, JRR Tolkien: A Biography. BCA, 1977

Book Club Association, 1977. 1e druk in deze vorm. Ingebonden. Geïllustreerd met foto's. Foto van Tolkien op het omslag. Antiquarisch: goede staat (stofomslag heeft wat scheuren en slijtage langs de randen).*

Humphrey Carpenter, JRR Tolkien: A Biography. Unwin Books, 1978

Unwin Books, 1978. 1e druk als paperback. Geïllustreerd met foto's. Foto van Tolkien op het omslag. Antiquarisch: goede staat.*

Humphrey Carpenter, J.R.R. Tolkien: En biografi

Awe, 1989
Zweedse vertaling. Ingebonden (geen stofomslag uitgegeven)

Humphrey Carpenter, J.R.R. Tolkien: une biographie

Christian Bourgois, 1980. 1e druk. Paperback. Franse vertaling van Tolkiens biografie. Antiquarisch: zeer goede conditie.*

Humphrey Carpenter, The Inklings: C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien and friends

HarperCollinss, 1997. Paperback. "A triumph of skill and tact.... not one dull or slack sentence". Geïllustreerd met foto's. Antiquarisch: goede staat.*

Humphrey Carpenter, The Inklings: C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien and friends

HarperCollinss, 2006. Paperback. "A triumph of skill and tact.... not one dull or slack sentence". Geïllustreerd met foto's.*

Humphrey Carpenter, Benjamin Britten: A Biography.

Scribners, 1992
1e druk. Ingebonden. Bio van deze beroemde Britse componist. Antiquarisch: zeer goede staat.*

Oronzo Cilli e.a., Tolkien the Esperantist

Before the arrival of Bilbo Baggins
Barletta, 2017. 1e druk. Paperback. Gesigneerd door Oronzo Cilli.*

The book contains studies by Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne and Oronzo Cilli which examine the connection which existed between J.R.R. Tolkien, and the planned language Esperanto, created by L.L. Zamenhof.

Smith and Wynne’s essay, published originally in Seven (2000), presents Tolkien’s first experiments with inventing languages and analyses in depth his initial encounter with Esperanto, as mentioned in a notebook of his from 1909 which he called the Book of the Foxrook.

Cilli’s essay covers the period of Tolkien’s life when he first encountered Esperanto in his youth, via the Officers’ Training Corps and Baden-Powells’ Scout movement and the celebration of the World Congress of Esperanto (1930), which was attended by R.B. McCallum, and the British Congress of Esperanto (1933), for which Tolkien was named a patron. Thanks to Cilli’s research, a document previously unknown in Tolkien studies, The Educational Value of Esperanto, signed by Tolkien alongside other eminent British academics of the time, is included.

A contribution from Tim Owen of the Esperanto Association of Britain enriches the book. The Foreword is entrusted to John Garth, author of the books Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth (HarperCollins, 2003) and Tolkien at Exeter College (Exeter College, 2014).

David R. Collins, J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of Fantasy.

Minneapolis, 1992
Paperback. Geschreven voor middelbare scholieren, met een amusant omslag (Tolkien die twee orks voorleest) en veel z/w illustraties van William Heagy en veel foto's, waaronder een aantal hier voor het eerst gepubliceerd.

Michael Coren, J.R.R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord of the Rings

Boxtree, 2001
1e druk. Ingebonden. Een tamelijk oppervlakkige biografie, gericht op middelbare scholieren, met veel ongefundeerde aannamen. Geïllustreerd met foto's.*

Michael Coren, J.R.R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord of the Rings (paperback)

Boxtree, 2002. 1e druk. Paperback. Een eenvoudige biografie, gericht op middelbare scholieren.*

Michael Coren, J.R.R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord of the Rings (Canadese paperback)

Stoddart, 2002. 1e druk. Paperback. Een eenvoudige biografie, gericht op middelbare scholieren.*

Michael Coren, Tolkien: Le créateur du Seigneur des Anneaux

Franse vertaling van bovenstaande biografie
HMH, 2001. 1e druk. Paperback. Geïllustreerd.*

John Curtis, Oxford. Jarrold, 2000

Oblong fotoboek van Oxford, met vele Tolkien connecties (zoals Exeter en Merton College). Hij wordt genoemd bij een foto van the pub "The Eagle and Child" (oftewel The Bird and Baby). 1e druk. Ingebonden (geen stofomslag uitgegeven).

Raymond Edwards, Tolkien

Hale, 2014. Ingebonden. Geïllustreerd met foto's.

J.R.R. Tolkien has arguably had a greater influence on contemporary culture and reading habits than any other twentieth century writer. Successful film versions of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have only increased interest in his work. What sort of man was he, who so profoundly changed the sort of things we read and write? When The Lord of the Rings was published, Tolkien was in his early sixties; until then, he had led the outwardly unremarkable life of an Oxford don. Yet beneath the surface conventionality, his astonishing imaginative life, nourished by the rich sources of his professional interests, grew luxuriantly. This is the first Tolkien biography since Humphrey Carpenter's authorized life of 1977 to deal with the wealth of posthumously published material; it sets Tolkien's imaginative writing firmly in the context of his academic life, shows the great personal and professional difficulties he overcame to complete The Lord of the Rings and charts his ultimately unsuccessful efforts to complete the great cycle of legends that appeared, after his death, as The Silmarillion. It also deals with Tolkien's role in the precipitous decline of his academic discipline, philology, as a university subject; and shows how, in one sense, his imaginative achievement is itself a triumphant vindication of his academic career.*

John Garth, Tolkien and the Great War. The Threshold of Middle-earth. Gesigneerd

HarperCollina, 2004. 2e druk in deze vorm. Paperback. Geïllustreert met foto's. Richt zich vooral op Tolkiens soldatenleven tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog en de invloed daarvan op zijn schrijverschap.*

John Garth, Tolkien at Exeter College

How an Oxford undergraduate created Middle-earth
Oxford, 2014. 1e druk. Geniet omslag. Een boeiende studie, vol nieuw material, over Tolkiens studentijd. Met veel foto's, vele hier voor het eerst gepubliceerd. Gesigneerd door de auteur.*

John Garth, The Worlds of JRR Tolkien

The Places that Inspired Middle-earth

Francis Lincoln, 2020. 1e druk. Ingebonden (geen stofomslag uitgegeven). Geïllustreerd.

“Every page brings forth the elegiac tone of JRR Tolkien’s work... It is a beautiful book, including many wonderful pictures by Tolkien himself… Garth’s book made me realise the impact that Tolkien has had on my life.”
The Times

A lavishly illustrated exploration of the places that inspired and shaped the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of Middle-earth.
This new book from renowned expert John Garth takes us to the places that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien to create his fictional locations in The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and other classic works. Featuring more than 100 images, it includes Tolkien’s own illustrations, contributions from other artists, archive images, maps and spectacular present-day photographs.

Inspirational locations range across Great Britain – particularly Tolkien’s beloved West Midlands and Oxford – but also overseas to all points of the compass. Sources are located for Hobbiton, the elven valley of Rivendell, the Glittering Caves of Helm’s Deep, and many other key spots in Middle-earth, as well as for its mountain scenery, forests, rivers, lakes and shorelands.

A rich interplay is revealed between Tolkien’s personal travels, his wide reading and his deep scholarship as an Oxford professor. Garth uses his own profound knowledge of Tolkien’s life and work to uncover the extraordinary processes of invention, to debunk popular misconceptions about the inspirations for Middle-earth, and to put forward strong new claims of his own.

Organised by theme, The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien is an illustrated journey into the life and imagination of one of the world’s best-loved authors, an exploration of the relationship between worlds real and fantastical, and an inspiration for anyone who wants to follow in Tolkien’s footsteps.*

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Martin Gilbert, The Somme

Heroism and Horror in the First World War
Henry Holt, 2006. 1e druk. Ingebonden. "For the general reader who wants to know what happened and how it felt for the men who did the fighting". Met vele verwijzingen naar Tolkien.*

Roger Lancelyn Green en Walter Hooper, C.S. Lewis. A Biography.

HarperCollins, 2002
1e druk in deze vorm. Ingebonden. In deze biografie van Tolkiens vriend wordt ook veel aandacht aan hem gespendeerd.
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The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis. Volume 2

Books, Broadcasts, and the War. 1931-1949
Harper, 2004. 1e druk. Ingebonden. Geredigeerd door Walter Hooper. Met vele verwijzingen naar Tolkien.*

Ulrike Killer, Das Tolkien Lesebuch

Dtv, 1992. 2de druk. Paperback. Duitstalig. Biografie van Tolkien, brieven, stukjes uit zijn werk. Antiquarisch: goede staat.*

Daniel Grotta-Kurska, J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle-earth. 1976

A Biography

Running Press, 1976. 1e druk. Paperback. Omslag van Charlie Santoren (een cartoon van Tolkien met hobbits die uit zijn hoofd en pijp komen). Antiquarisch: goede staat (rug verbleekt).*

Daniel Grotta-Kurska, J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle-earth. 1992

A Biography

Running Press, 1992. 1e druk in deze vorm. Ingebonden. Geïllustreerd door de gebroeders Hildebrandt. Antiquarisch: zeer goede staat.*

Daniel Grotta-Kurska, The Biography of J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle-earth

Running Press, 1978. Tweede druk. Library Binding; de paperback ingebonden met het omslag op de borden geplakt. Omslag van Hildebrandt (Tolkien praat met een dwerg). Antiquarisch: zeer goede staat.

Daniel Grotta-Kurska, The Biography of J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle-earth

Running Press, 1978
Pocket. Omslag van Hildebrandt (Tolkien praat met een dwerg). Antiquarisch: goede staat.*

Daniel Grotta-Kurska, The Biography of J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle-earth

Running Press, 2002
Paperback. Omslag van de gebroeders Hildebrandt.*

Daniel Grotta, Eine Biographie von JRR Tolkien

Architekt von Mittelerde
Qalandar, 1987. 1e druk. Paperback. Duitse vertaling van Grotta's biografie. Antiquarisch: zeer goede staat.*
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Neil Heims, J.R.R. Tolkien

Great Writers
"This engaging biography explores the very real world of Tolkien's England and the story behind one of the most imaginative literary minds of the twentieth century". Met een voorwoord van Colin Duriez. Philadelphia, 2004. 1e druk. Ingebonden (geen stofomslag uitgegeven).  *

Okkie de Jager e.a., Tracing the origins of JRR Tolkien in Bloemfontein

Artikel over Tolkiens eerste levensjaren in Zuid-Afrika, met veel foto's uit Bloemfontein uit die tijd en handschrften van zijn vader, Arthur. In: The Post Office Stone. The Official Journal of the Postmark and Postal History Society of South Africa. Volume 37, number 1, juli 2007.*

Clyde S. Kilby, Tolkien & The Silmarillion (paperback)

A glimpse at the man and his world of myth
Lion, 1977. 1e druk. Paperback. Kilby heeft kort met Tolkien samengewerkt aan het werk aan The Silmarillion. Kilby doet in dit boek verslag. Antiquarisch: goede staat.*