Earl Palmer looks at the life of J.R.R. Tolkien through Humphrey Carpenter's J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography. Beginning with Tolkien's childhood and deep friendships formed , through the tragic events in the Battle of Somme that shaped Tolkien's epic storytelling later in life, Palmer paints an in-depth picture of Tolkien's life, faith, and their influence on the world Middle Earth."When they ask the motivation for my stories it will be language and the War, the harrowing experience of the War. I had to work it out." – J.R.R. Tolkien.
The essay on Faery Stories that Earl refers to can be found in The Monsters and the Critics: And Other Essays. J.R.R. Tolkien