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Book Reviews of Master of Middle-Earth : The Fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien

Master of Middle-Earth : The Fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien
Master of MiddleEarth The Fiction of JRR Tolkien
Author: Paul H. Kocher
ISBN-13: 9780345465603
ISBN-10: 0345465601
Publication Date: 10/1/1977
Pages: 256
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Del Rey
Book Type: Paperback
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From the title, I'd thought this book would be a biography of J.R.R. Tolkien, so I was little disappointed when I sat down to read it and realized that it was more of a literary analysis of Tolkien's works.
Still, after I accepted it for what it was, I found it to be quite an enjoyable book. It reads rather like a series of seminar lectures - what you might hear from a (rather entertaining) professor if you signed up for a class on Tolkien. (The author was a professor, so this is not surprising).
As might be expected, some of the observations are rather obvious, but others are quite insightful, and indicative of well-done research. Kocher obviously loves and respects Tolkien's work, but not to the point of sounding 'fannish.'
The book was published in 1972, so some of Tokien's posthumously published works are not spoken of, but overall, I have to say this book is worthwhile for any Tolkien fan.
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