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Take a look into author J.R.R. Tolkien's past and influences in Moore program

The works of author J.R.R. Tolkien have come alive for fans of literature and been a theme for many activities in this year’s Moore Public Library Summer Reading Program, which has taken on a general theme of “underground.”

But an aspect not known by many is some of what led to Tolkien’s style and topics. It will be explored in the program “J.R.R. Tolkien and the War,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, in Rooms A and B of the library, 225 S. Howard Ave.

Professor Janet Croft, a celebrated Tolkien scholar, will present information about J.R.R. Tolkien and the influence war had on his writing.

The author was part of World War I and had two sons serve in World War II, leading to him taking on many of the same themes that interested other writers in the post-war period.

The presentation will explore how aspects of Tolkien’s relationship with war played out in works like the early “Book of Lost Tales” to his last story “Smith of Wootten Major,” and concentrating on his most well-known works “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.”

The program is for ages 18 and up and registration is required in advance to attend.

For more information, visit the library, call 794-4349, or view the event here.

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