Book reviews by John Garth
I have written for the books pages of The Times, Guardian, New Statesman, Daily Beast, Sunday Telegraph, Observer, Evening Standard, MailOnline, Mail On Sunday, Times Literary Supplement and Oxford Today.

J.R.R. Tolkien, Beren and Lúthien, in the New Statesman, 26 May 2017.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun, Telegraph online (free registration required) on 16 November 2016 and in the newspaper’s Saturday Review on 12 November.

Grevel Lindop, Charles Williams: The Third Inkling, Oxford Today, April 2016.

J.R.R. Tolkien, A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages, edited by Dimitra Fimi and Andrew Higgins, New Statesman, 15 April 2016.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Story of Kullervo, edited by Verlyn Flieger, Mail On Sunday, 6 September 2015.

John Carey, The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books, Oxford Today, 1 July 2014.

J.R.R. Tolkien, Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, together with Sellic Spell: Review in the New Statesman, 30 May 2014. Publication was preceded by my preview feature in the Guardian, 22 May 2014.

Richard Burton, A Strong Song Tows Us: The Life of Basil Bunting, Oxford Today, 19 March 2014.

Peter Lewis, A Rogue’s Gallery: Off the Record Encounters with Figures of Fame, Folly and Fun 1950–2000, Oxford Today, 6 January 2014.

Ian Wilson, The Little Dictionary of Big Words You Should Know, Oxford Today, 6 December 2013.

Alison Brackenbury, Then, Oxford Today, 24 October 2013.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fall of Arthur, The Daily Beast, 23 May 2013. Also available in French and Portuguese.

Mark Atherton, There and Back Again: J.R.R. Tolkien and the origins of The Hobbit, Oxford Today, March 2013.

Prajwal Parajuly, The Gurkha’s Daughter, in The Guardian, 25 January 2013.

Oxford English Dictionary OED 4.0 CD-ROM edition, MailOnline, July 2009.

Ursula le Guin, Lavinia, in The Sunday Telegraph, May 2009.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, in The Times, 29 April 2009, A time before Hobbits’.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Children of Húrin, in The Sunday Telegraph, 26 April 2007, ‘A last, sombre visit to Middle-earth’.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, trans. Simon Armitage, in The Sunday Telegraph, Seven, 28 January 2007, Sir Gawain rides again’.

J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment, ed. Michael D.C. Drout, and The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide, by Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, in The Times Literary Supplement, 22/29 December 2006, ‘Where’s what, Gollum?’ Read...

C.S. Lewis, Collected Letters, Vol. 3: Narnia, Cambridge and Joy, 1950-1963, ed. Walter Hooper, in The Observer, 3 December 2006, ‘Last lines of a lion in winter’.

Peter Gilliver, Jeremy Marshall and Edmund Weiner, The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary, in The Times Literary Supplement, 23 June 2006, ‘S for Smial’.

Michael Cox, The Meaning of Night, in the Evening Standard, 18 September 2006, ‘A Victorian labyrinth of elegant darkness’.


T.A. Shippey, J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century, in the Evening Standard, 27 November 2000, ‘Far too successful — can’t be any good’.
— Reprinted in La Rivista, journal of Endóre (Italian Tolkien Society), issue 5 (September 2002).

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