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Letters of JRR Tolkien [PDF / Epub] ☉ Letters of JRR Tolkien By J.R.R. Tolkien – Thomashillier.co.uk This collection will entertain all who appreciate the art of masterful letter writing The Letters of JRR Tolkien sheds much light on Tolkien's creative genius and grand design for the creation of a wh This collection will entertain all who appreciate the art of masterful letter writing The Letters of JRR Tolkien sheds much light on Tolkien's creative genius and grand design for the Letters of PDF or creation of a whole new world Middle earth Featuring a radically expanded index this volume provides a valuable research tool for all fans wishing to trace the evolution of THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS.


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  1. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    I discovered The Letters of JRR Tolkien back in '96 when I moved to an LA suburb and was searching through the library for something interesting to read while I took advantage of their free AC during the blistering summer heat This was definitely something interesting but only because I was a Tolkien fanboy Who else would find joy in pouring over mostly mundane letters to friends family and publishers? Me I pored over over them so happy to read even the most minuscule detail of the man's lifeIt's been a while so my recollection of what's contained in the letters is not precise I seem to recall a feeling of being let down that personal information wasn't revealed English reserve seemed to be at play here The correspondence with his book publisher and seeing how that portion of his work came together held just as much interest and there is a good deal of that herein if I recall I was already aware that Tolkien had some trouble convincing them to publish Lord of the Rings even after the success of The Hobbit And after publishing went forward there was still a struggle over issues that needed ironing out None of which is terribly riveting reading unless you're a fan


  2. Robert Robert says:

    Dear Unwinthe Hobbit will be ready tomorrow honestYours faithfullyTolkienDear UnwinI've been swamped by illness work exams work exams lectures work and exams I can't possibly get it ready this decadeYours faithfullyTolkienDear Unwindid you like it?Yours faithfullyTolkienDear Unwinglad you liked it The illustrations will be ready tomorrowYours faithfullyTolkienthis decade etcDear UnwinI may have no taste but the American cover art is appalling and did they even read the book?Yours faithfullyTolkienRepeat all of the above wrt LoTRDear Inklingthe other Inklings' work is mostly rubbish but I like it in parts and even though they are annoying I like them reallyYoursTolkersrepeat with every other InklingDear somebody acuainted with methat critic is impertinent and did he even read the book?Yours annoyedJRRTDear Christopheryou are the only one who understands me I love you SobYourFatherAbove written in Anglo SaxonDear Nazi scumyou Apartheid supporters Colonialists and other racist groups are all intellectually and morally defective The Jews are a fine people and I would be proud to have Jewish ancestry but as far as I know I don'tYours with no respect at allTolkienDear any translator of LoTRyour translation is rubbish; why do you translate names that are not in English? Your translations are unnecessary and show a poor grasp of your native language Demonstrates a superior knowledge of the translator's language Here's a book I wrote about how to translate my bookYours faithfullyTolkienDear Member of publicthank you for your interesting uestions Enclosed is a set of answers in obsessive detail that I worked out prior to my 5th birthday It includes philological details unintelligible to any person lay in the subjectYours faithfullyTolkienDear Critic I likethank you for your encouraging perceptive reviewYours faithfullyTolkienDear prospective interviewerleave me aloneYours faithfullyTolkienDear Reader who said something stupidas any one with a modicum of understanding of Old Ancient High Low North Western Indo European Obscure Language which is surely everybody knows you are completely wrong Enclosed is a detailed explanation incomprehensible to anyone lay in philology And anyway it says you're wrong in the AppendicesYours faithfullyTolkienDear Christopherthe Roman Catholic Church is axiomatically right about everything even though most of its priests are idiotic uneducated corrupt morally defective politcally minded pervertsYourFather That if repeated many times over is this book It's interesting in parts and dull because repetitive in others It shows a man jealously protective of his work easily irritated although by things that would probably wind up many an author in search of an unmechanised rural idyll that never existed in the same way as Thomas Hardy Enormously erudite he struggled to understand why other people might find Anglo Saxon difficult a common problem with people of enormous talent in any intellectual discipline being the inability to conceive of it being anything but simple to graspWorthwhile for anybody who wants to know of what Tolkien the person was like


  3. Anthony Anthony says:

    Tolkien as popular as he is is too often misunderstood His works and world are wrongly interpreted and crazy assumptions are made about the man himself Worst is when people use The Lord of the Rings to make a point that Tolkien himself would have disagreed with For instance after Obama was elected one political commentator happily declared The shadows are lifting from Mordor — being apparently completely unaware that Tolkien was politically against big government and that Obama's moral worldview is about as far from Tolkien's as it is possible to get so that if anything Tolkien would have considered the night over Mordor to be blacker than ever If everyone who wanted to say something about Tolkien read his letters first they would do the man and his works far better justice Of particular interest in this book are the many moving references to Tolkien's deep Catholic Faith particularly the long letter to one of his sons on the subject of marriage and the relationships between men and women


  4. Daniel Ionson Daniel Ionson says:

    What better way to enter the mind of a mentor you'll never get to meet than to read his letters? There are so many facets I gleaned about the man by reading these letters his humor sadness fear humility


  5. Stephanie Ricker Stephanie Ricker says:

    An excerpt from a letter to Walter Hooper 20 February 1968I remember Jack CS Lewis telling me a story of Brightman the distinguished ecclesiastical scholar who used to sit uietly in Common Room saying nothing except on rare occasions Jack said that there was a discussion on dragons one night and at the end Brightman's voice was heard to say 'I have seen a dragon' Silence 'Where was that?' he was asked 'On the Mount of Olives' he said He relapsed into silence and never before his death explained what he meantVery few things could be imagination sparking than reading that late at night curled up with a massive book of letters when one is already thinking about wonderful things I think it's very healthy to believe in the possibility of things it makes life so much interesting


  6. Sherwood Smith Sherwood Smith says:

    One of my favorite rereadsNot only does one catch a glimpse of Tolkien's personality life and times but deep in this book are buried letter essays that provide the kernels of his ideas On Fairy Stories and the poem Mythopoeisis


  7. Lorenna Lorenna says:

    What a brilliant brilliant man “Well cheers and all that to you dearest son We were born in a dark age out of due time for us But there is comfort otherwise we should not know or so much love what we do love I imagine the fish out of water is the only fish to have an inkling of water” To Christopher Tolkien 1943


  8. Ron Ron says:

    “It is a curse having an epic temperament in an overcrowded age 1944 devoted to sappy bits”A treasure trove of insightful material into the life and writings of Tolkien but not for everyone Readers uninterested in Tolkien’s writings need not waste their timeWhere to start? With the negatives since they’re so few Tolkien is opinionated peevish and pedantic He hated the appellation “professor”Among these letters covering most of his adult life we learn how he viewed his world his writings his friends his religion and his invented languages and history That is how he saw Middle Earth as history he had discovered as much as created—or as he would say sub created The letters begin shortly after The Hobbit was published and cover the production of The Lord of the Rings and the aftermath of its unexpected popularity and his futile struggle to complete and publish The Silmarillion which his son Christopher succeeded in publishing five years after his father diedFor those like myself who count Tolkein’s works as the gold standard of epic fantasy these letters give insights only alluded to elsewhere It’s slow and difficult reading in some cases partly because context is missing But the payoff is deeper appreciation of Tolkien’s life and world real and imagined We learn the origin of the world names and characters of the fantasy and his struggle to keep others from reading alien ideas into the works Though he admitted in 1939 “The darkness of the present days has had some effect on it”“A most amusing and highly contentious evening on which had an outsider eavesdropped he would have thought it the Inklings a meeting of fell enemies hurling deadly insults before drawing their guns” Sounds like funNow I'll the only logical thing re read The Lord of the Rings Again


  9. Jenna (Falling Letters) Jenna (Falling Letters) says:

    Review originally posted 4 January 2013 on Falling LettersI thought I would breeze through this book and finish it in two days maximum Not because it would be an 'easy' read but because I had lots of time to read and I am highly interested in the subject matter Not so The book contains 430 pages of letters so dense and filled with so much that it took me much longer to read This is not at all a complaint I was absolutely delighted to have so much to sink my teeth intoI don't read books about Tolkien to think 'Oh so that's why he wrote it like this' I agree with him in this instance at least that an author's life should not be examined with intention of gaining insight with regards to authorial intent have I phrased this sentence correctly? I simply find him a fascinating person for having created such a detailed and vast mythology It really does delight me to read about someone so seemingly normal and yet so extraordinary To be able to read hundreds of his letters to read his thoughts is a treat in itself I would have read them even if they had been dull But this collection is not at all boring it is a treasure trove The letters cover so many topics from troubles with translators family matters CS Lewis religious debate and of course much on The Hobbit The Lord of the Rings and Middle Earth lore in generalI didn't make any notes while reading this I was wholly absorbed in letting Tolkien's words wash over me Note taking will come on the reread But there are a few letters that still stuck in my memory such as an unsent response Tolkien sent two versions to his publisher to forward; they did not use the one that appears in the book to a publisher looking to do a German translation of The Hobbit inuiring if Tolkien is Aryan He writes a clever and pointed response not confessing any Aryan lineage and refusing publication Of course the lengthy letter he wrote to another publisher who expressed interest in publishing The LotR and The Silmarillion was fascinating I also especially enjoyed the letters he wrote to inuiring fans I doubt there any authors today who would put so much thought into their responses let alone have that much information to impart about their imaginary worlds These letters are chockful of highly valuable information to any fan of Middle Earth I do have to add a caveat I've not yet read any of Tolkien's writings besides the LotR and The Hobbit so I can't say how much of this information is exclusive but to read Tolkien's own words feels very special indeedThis review consists mostly of me gushingI might be a bit of a fangirl But really needless to say this tome is a highly valuable read for anyone interested in Tolkien or his worksOriginally read 20 Dec 2012 to 3 Jan 2013


  10. Nicky Nicky says:

    Reading Tolkien's letters has to be fascinating for anyone interested in the man andor his works He reflects on what he wrote gives advice to his sons reports on the progress of his work and sends irritated letters to Germans who have asked if he's of Jewish descent It's a pretty exhaustive collection with an index and little bits of context to go with each letter Worth reading


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