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There's a Hole in my Bucket: A Journey of Two Brothers by [Royd Tolkien]
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Royd Tolkien is one of those people who you know is full of brilliant stories as soon as you meet him—his huge smile, genuine warmth, and larger-than-life personality are sure giveaways that this man has truly lived and can tell you all about it. I have no doubt that this innate storytelling ability is in part inherited from his great-grandfather J. R. R. Tolkien, but There’s a Hole in My Bucket is no fantasy novel—it is a memoir about a part of Royd’s life that is very real. When his brother sadly passed away, Mike’s last wishes sent Royd on an incredible journey of discovery and adventure.

It is with great strength and generosity that Royd chose to share his journey through grief, and the moment I opened the first page, I was bowled over by this uplifting book, that a story with such sadness at its core was so full of joy and life and (surprisingly) laughter. Mike’s bucket list of activities for Royd ranges from the heartfelt (revisiting places special to their family) to the hilarious (dressing as Gandalf and blocking tourists’ walking routes, shouting, “You shall not pass”)—but each task gives you a peek behind the curtain at the depth and feeling of the bond between these two very different brothers.

Royd has so eloquently explored his journey through grief, aided by Mike’s bucket list, and it is a book full to the brim with warmth and kindness. This memoir left me feeling hopeful and ultimately grateful for the power of family and love. It is a story I will treasure for years to come, as I hope you will.

- Victoria Haslam, Editor

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As the great-grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien, Royd grew up on a diet of storytelling and entertainment, with the characters of The Hobbit firmly entrenched in his imagination.

Following acting roles in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Royd was inspired to become a producer. He went on to produce two films and was developing more when, in 2012, his younger brother, Mike, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease. Royd put everything on hold to care for Mike until he passed away, on 28 January 2015.

Since then, Royd has completed There’s a Hole in My Bucket, a feature length documentary that follows his journey around New Zealand fulfilling the bucket list bequeathed to him by Mike. He lives in Wales.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08MZRKQPP
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little A (1 August 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 8054 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 347 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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As the great-grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien, Royd grew up on a diet of storytelling and entertainment, with the characters of The Hobbit firmly entrenched in his imagination.

Following acting roles in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Royd was inspired to become a producer. He went on to produce two films and was developing more when, in 2012, his younger brother, Mike, was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Royd put everything on hold to care for Mike until he passed away, on 28 January 2015.

Since then, Royd has completed There’s a Hole in My Bucket, a feature-length documentary that follows his journey around New Zealand fulfilling the bucket list bequeathed to him by Mike. He lives in Wales.

www.roydtolkien.me

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From the Great Grandson of the late, great JRR Tolkien is a heartbreaking, funny and honest story of two brothers.
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