The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien, cherished author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, was one of the twentieth century's most prolific letter writers. Over the years he wrote a mass of letters -- to his publishers, his family, to friends, and to fans of his books -- which record the... show more
J.R.R. Tolkien, cherished author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, was one of the twentieth century's most prolific letter writers. Over the years he wrote a mass of letters -- to his publishers, his family, to friends, and to fans of his books -- which record the history and composition of his works and his reaction to subsequent events.
By turns thoughtful, impish, scholarly, impassioned, playful, vigorous, and gentle, Tolkien poured his heart and mind into a great stream of correspondence to intimate friends and unknown admirers all over the world. From this collection one sees a mind of immense complexity and many layers -- artistic, religious, charmingly eccentric, sentimental, and ultimately brilliant.
Now newly expanded with a detailed index, this collection provides an invaluable record that sheds much light on Tolkien's creative genius, his thoughts and feelings about his own work, and the evolution of his grand design for the creation of a whole new world -- Middle-earth.
Publish date: 2014-02-21
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Pages no: 512
Edition language: English
Dear Unwin,the Hobbit will be ready tomorrow, honest.Yours faithfully,Tolkien.Dear Unwin,I've been swamped by illness, work, exams, more work, more exams, lectures, more work and more exams. I can't possibly get it ready this decade.Yours faithfully,Tolkien.Dear Unwin,did you like it?Yours faithfull...
A gloriously thick book full of the thoughts of this master of tales on his own writing and life. Wonderful, intimate and insightful with much food for thought. I especially liked all he said about Frodo and his 'failure' and Arwen's offer of the trip west, about the Valar and the earlier ages. Any ...
I believe that this was the first time I actually finished this book. It is a must-read for any serious Tolkien lover. It gives a much more comprehensive view of Tolkien’s character than any other work, including Carpenter’s excellent biography. It includes some wonderful letters to his sons which a...