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TEP #12 – John Garth

We are elated to have with us on this episode a superstar of Tolkien scholarship, John Garth!


John is a writer who is best known to fans of J.R.R. Tolkien for his autobiographical work about the author, entitled Tolkien and the Great War. He has also written numerous articles and other works about the author, and we are delighted that he agreed to be our guest just days before his new book is released!

Listen in to hear details about his latest work, The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien: The Places that Inspired the Writer’s Imagination! We also cover our usual Tolkien Experience questions, so we get to hear about how he became a huge Tolkien fan early on! We hope you enjoy listening!



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Books by John Garth

His book Tolkien and the Great War is also available on audiobook, as mentioned in the interview!

His short book Tolkien at Exeter is available from his website.

Excitement is Building for John Garth’s New Book!

John Garth’s new book The Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien: The Places That Inspired Middle-earth (or UK edition) is shaping up to be another must-own for Tolkien fans and scholars.

Worlds of JRRT cover Princeton smallIt is already rated the #1 New Release on Amazon in the Science Fiction History and Criticism genre, and it doesn’t release until June 2.

Garth gave a little bit of information about his book when he was on one of the live episodes of the Prancing Pony Podcast from Tolkien 2019 earlier this year.

Just this week, Tolkiendil (the French equivalent of the Tolkien Society) revealed a sneak peek inside the new book on Twitter:

In all, Garth is playing the publicity game very well right now, revealing enough detail to keep us very interested without giving the whole book away!

Given the success and acclaim of his first book, Tolkien and the Great War (the audiobook of which Garth recorded himself, and it is available to purchase and on Audible), expectations are high and I am confident that he will deliver!

Additionally, Garth published a shorter volume, Tolkien at Exeter College, in 2015 and you can purchase it on his website.