J.R.R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend is a biography of J.R.R. Tolkien by Colin Duriez, published in 2012 by Lion Hudson Ltd..

Duriez chose to write the biography in part because of new documents, private letters, et cetera that surfaced after the time Humphrey Carpenter wrote the prevalent book J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography.

"Long before the successful The Lord of the Rings films, J.R.R. Tolkien's creations, imagination, and characters had captured the attention of millions of readers. But who was the man who dreamt up the intricate languages and perfectly crafted world of Middle-earth? Tolkien had a difficult life, for many years: orphaned and poor, his guardian forbade him to communicate with the woman he had fallen in love with, and he went through the horrors of the First World War. An intensely private and brilliant scholar, he spent over fifty years working on the languages, history, peoples and geography of Middle-earth, with a consistent mythology and body of legends inspired by a formidable knowledge of early northern European history and culture. J.R.R. Tolkien became a legend by creating an imaginary world that has enthralled and delighted generations. This delightful and accessible biography brings him to life."
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Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  1. "I am in fact a hobbit..."
  2. Edith
  3. Schooldays and the T.C.B.S.
  4. Oxford and the dawn of a New Life
  5. The Shadow of War
  6. War and Loss
  7. Recovery, "W", and Half a Million Words
  8. Leeds and Dragons
  9. Oxford and C.S. Lewis
  10. Of Hobbits and Inklings
  11. Tolkien's Second War
  12. The Struggle to Publish
  13. The Tolkien Phenomenon, and Farewell
  • Afterword
  • Notes
  • Select Bibliography
  • Index

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