The Hobbit And The Lord Of The Rings

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The purpose of my timeline is to explore the illustrative work produced by J.R.R Tolkien in his life time including his great literary works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and how each was developed from its humble beginning as sketched and visualised thoughts as aids to a complex story to the massively popular film and gaming franchise it has become. More specifically I shall be investigating how the nature of Tolkien's art work originally produced for his stories has shifted in societies field of perception and has essentially branched into a new means of representation due t modern developments in technology.
I shall be reviewing and analysing 3 books in this literature review, this includes 2 books focused on J.R.R. Tolkien as an
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Tolkien's life from the hand of Michael White. The biography explores Tolkien's journey from poor and parentless child to one of the most prolific literary writers of the 20th Century. In what can be described as a personable account of Tolkien's life, White describes J.R.R's life as a young child raised in South Africa; the saddening loss of his parents at a very young age; his blossoming love for Edith Brett; Tolkien's devotion to his career as a professor at Oxford; the friendship he had with C.S. Lewis and how this influenced his work ; the inspiration for The Hobbit from a hole is some carpet; and how The Lord of the Rings became a literary masterpiece in the 20th Century, eventually becoming a world renowned film and gaming franchise. This book provided a great deal of elaboration and, more vitally, context on some of the facts stated in the Tolkien Society's very formal and somewhat vague online timeline. Each of the key dates mentioned are put into perspective and suddenly we see Tolkien not just as a fact but as a person with character, a man who suffered and succeeded in equal measure. The biography itself is written in such a way that it feels like a fictional novel and that is refreshing because it brings a sense of intrigue into Tolkien's personal journey, I liken Tolkien then to his beloved Hobbit travelling through Middle Earth. The way this particular book was written…show more content…
Tolkien edited by 2 of the most prolific and renowned Tolkien scholars of the modern age, Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull. These 2 writers and scholars were also responsible for the publication of the source I spoke of previously, J.R.R Tolkien Artist and Illustrator and so similar images and a familiar writing style appear in this
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