J. R. R. Tolkien was far more than a fantasy book writer. His lifelong fascination with medieval texts and languages gave him a unique vision and endless inspiration for his tales. His broad interests made possible his creation of faery worlds and entire races of beings, as well as the languages, cultures, and characters that make his books as engaging today as they were fifty years ago. This clear and thoroughly researched biography of the creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings recalls the mystery of Tolkien’s imaginary worlds.
I don’t think I’ve ever featured a nonfiction title on Cover Love before. Leave it to J.R.R. Tolkien to be the first. I saw this little beauty while trolling HMHKids’ upcoming catalog on Edelweiss. This book is actually an older title that’s been given a facelift, and I fell in love at first lingering stare. You have to ignore Tolkien’s face, as it’s the only part that’s not quite up to par, but if you can get past that, the rest of the cover is GORGEOUS. There’s our beloved mythmaker, Tolkien himself, sitting beneath a tree in what we assume is the peaceful English countryside. He has his pipe and his notebook, a veritable Hobbit in his serenity.
BUT THEN LOOK AT THE REST OF THE COVER. Ents! Balrogs! Nazgul! Goblins and orcs! The Fellowship! SMAUG HIMSELF!
The art style is reminiscent of The Cabinet of Curiosities, except instead of children being eaten by killer plants, it holds all the things I hold most dear. Siggggghhhhhhhhh.