Book Review: J. R. R. Tolkien- The Making of a Legend

TolkienIn J. R. R. Tolkien- The Making of a LegendColin Duriez presents the compelling story of the man behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.  This biography focuses foremost on the shaping of these two famous works throughout the life experience of Tolkien, which makes this a fascinating book.

This biography is slow at times, but it clearly tells Tolkien’s journey from a boy who lost both of his parents at a young age to a writer whose books made a lasting mark on the world.  The most interesting sections of the book are those that focus on Tolkien’s struggles as a writer alongside the Inklings, which included C. S. Lewis.  From this biography, readers will see the importance of friendship and creative collaboration that led Lewis and Tolkien to emerge from the halls of British academia to well loved authors.

One of the greatest values of biographies is seeing the driving passions of the person being featured.  Tolkien was a man who valued hard work and truly fell in love with his craft.  The fantasy stories that began with Tolkien’s kids have become classics that still inspire readers and audiences to this day.  In this biography, Duriez presents a clear and concise modern biography of a great storyteller whose life was truly a story to be told.