It is now almost impossible to find a bookshop without a stand or section dedicated to the life and works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Not only are there his original works of fiction (TH, LR, The Silmarillion and his minor texts), there are the twelve volumes of The History of Middle-earth by his son, Christopher Tolkien, a range of biographies, books analysing his fiction, atlases, calendars and drawings. These in themselves could fill a small library, but they have now been joined by a plethora of publications on nearly every aspect one could imagine concerning Peter Jackson’s filmed adaptations of LR. It is a perfectly justifiable question, then, to ask why on earth we need another book about Tolkien. What can possibly be written that hasn’t already been covered?
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