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This miscellany explores the fascinating and enigmatic world of J R R Tolkien; that which led him to write 'the book of the century'. Examining his place in literary history, his books and his iconic characters; readers can explore facts, trivia and quotes from Tolkien's life and works. Topics include: His early life in southern Africa and Birmingham; Tolkien on the silver screen; his part in two World Wars; fame and its problems; his religious faith; his friendship with C S Lewis; pipe smoking in his life and fictional works; the places that inspired his fictional world of Middle-earth; Tolkien the illustrator. Light-hearted and extremely informative - something for fans old and new.

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