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Tolkien at 20 (Tolkien a 20 ans)



Original Language: French | 168 pp. | January 2019

2 Seas represents: Dutch, Nordic, and World English rights.

Rights sold: Hungary (Europa)


The youth of the father of the modern fantasy.

Death was invited early in the life of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, born in 1892 in South Africa. That of his parents, of friends, that of the rural forest society, swept away by the industrial revolution, those of modern wars, of which he was a miracle. Death accompanies his childhood, his youth, an unexpected muse that will push him to create another world in which the Beatnik generation engulfed, then millions of readers.

It was around the age of 20, during the First World War, that his future mythology was born, with the creation of his first Elvish languages, his first legends, published after his death by his son Christopher: The Book of Lost stories. The first stone of a work that will conquer the world, the origin of the Lord of the Rings.

A biopic on Tolkien’s childhood is scheduled in 2019.

Alexandre Sargos is a photographer and journalist. Cowriter of Yakuza : enquête au cœur de la mafia japonaise (Flammarion 2005), co-filmaker of Le XV des cités, documentary (Canal+ 2007). And many photo documentary published and awarded in France and abroad.