I have read a book with the above title, and I append some comments:
Bramlett:, Perry C. I am in Fact a Hobbit: introduction to the Life and
Work of J.R.R. Tolkien (Macon, GA. Mercer University Press, 2003 ISBN
The book deals briefly with an overview of Tolkiens life, then with
Tolkiens writings, both fiction and scholarly. The books are
summarized, and details of their publications are included. Joe R.
Christopher has written one chapter titled The Impact of Tolkiens
Writings - a personal reflection Sixty-three pages out of the two
hundreed and fifty-four are occupied by dates, lists of Tolkiens work,
an annotated bibliography of secondary works, and lists of journals,
societies, archives, internet sites, recordings, and an index. The
publishers have done well by the author. The book has attractive design,
format, and dust jacket. It contains much useful information. It is
unfortunate that the book seems to have been much too hasily put
together. The syntax is often sloppy, not to say, misleading, and errors
in fact are listed below.
On pages 34, and 78 Bramlett calls Mirkwood Marched. The name is
apparently taken from The House of the Wolflings by William Morris, to
which Bramlett refers.
On page 34 Bramlett says Bilbo and the dwarves were ambushed by orcs,
(ambush implies preplanning and lying in wait - not the word I would use
for the orcs attack from the back of the cave) and Bilbo and the
dwarves escaped by going underground to the Chamber of the Great
Goblin. (How this constitutes an escape is not clear to me.) and
while being pursued by orcs were led by Gandalf into the mountain. (If
they were in the Chamber of the Great Goblin they were already within
the mountain.) I can recall nothing that resembles Bramletts retelling
of this incident, but I do not own the first edition of The Hobbit
Does anyone know if the first edition resembles the statements I have
On page 44, of the story Smith of Wootton Major, Bramlett says, In
the medieval village of Wootton Major......it is possible (as in
Middle-earth) to come from and go into the faeryland as one pleases. I
cannot recall anyone in Middle-earth coming and going into faeryland
(whatever that means). And in Smith of Wootton Major, only Starbrow
can do that, and then only sometimes. Further, Bramlett says that once
every twenty-four years the village celebrated the Feast of Good
Children. The Feast of Good Children was held every year, at the end of
the week of winter festival. The Twenty-four Feast was held every
On page 66 Bramlett writes, In the First Age......Hobbits lived a
simple life in the Shire Hobbits did not come into the Shire until the
Third Age, circa 1600 TA. (Appendix B)
On page 67 Bramlett believes that: Sauron commanded the noble elf
Celebrimbor to forge the three Magic Rings of power..... In The
Silmarillion Tolkien says: in those days the smiths of Ost-in-Edhil
surpassed all that they had contrived before, snd they took thought, and
they made the Rings of Power. Sauron was aware of what they did, and
later gathered rings that had been made (but not the Three) but there is
On page 70 we may be surprised to learn that Denethor kills himself,
possibly because of grief over the death of his wife Denethors wife
Finduilas of Dol Amroth died in 2988 TA. Denethor burned himself 31
years later in 3019, after Boromirs death and while believing that
Faramir also was about to die.
On page 70 The Ring also symbolized evil power; it controlled its
wearer by infecting his or her worldview and making it dark,
pessimistic, and paranoid. The Ring also infused its wearer with a sense
of possessiveness and a desire for power and control, such as in
Boromir, who fell under the Spell of the Rings and tried to kill Frodo.
Boromir did indeed fall under the Spell of the Ring [capitals in the
original], but the sentence would seem to imply that Boromir actually
wore the Riing, which is not true. Neither, I believe, did he actually
try to kill Frodo.
On page 71, Bramlett states, As a young man, his mother introduced him
to Latin, French, and German Tolkiens mother died when he was 13;
hardly a young man. The preceeding sentence is an example of the poor
syntax, found also in many other places in this book. On page 5,
earlier, Bramlett has stated, Mabel tutored the boys in natural
history, art, Latin and French No mention of German on that page.
On page 73. The footnote refers to Bradley Bizer, whose name is
correctly Bradley Birzer.
On page 219, in the bibliography, Greenbergs anthology After the King
is listed as After the Ring.
Bramlett is writer of four books about C.S. Lewis. Perhaps he knows
Lewis better than he knows Tolkien.
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