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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

By J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (Editor), Humphrey Carpenter (Editor)

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co; (June 2000)
ISBN: 0618056998
MY HERO recommends this book to adult readers.
From the Publisher
'...If you wanted to go on from the end of The Hobbit I think the ring would be your inevitable choice as the link. If then you wanted a large tale, the Ring would at once acquire a capital letter; and the Dark Lord would immediately appear. As he did, unasked, on the hearth at Bag End as soon as I came to that point. So the essential Quest started at once. But I met a lot of things along the way that astonished me. Tom Bombadil I knew already; but I had never been to Bree. Strider sitting in the corner of the inn was a shock, and I had no more idea who he was than Frodo did. The Mines of Moria had been a mere name; and of Lothlorien no word had reached my mortal ears till I came there.' -- J.R.R. Tolkien to W.H. Auden, June 7, 1955

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.

User Reviews:
Daniel Schleusner | 11/13/2007 8:05 PM
:D Nice... we have the same Name... and Opinion! :D
Daniel Schleusner | 5/8/2007 3:16 AM
I think j.r.r. tolkien is the best writer i think, I love his stoire's and my favorite book from tolkien is the silmarillion beccause finwe and feanor are my favorite chartar's in the book. I think that his writing style was awesome. I wish i could have met him cause he was awesome, and the stuff he went though his hole carrer. I also like the fact that he created his on language which must have tookien him a long time to do. I loved his book so much it made me to start writing a book. Now in my book im making sure that im not useing any of the charactar's or maps and his words that he made up. Now my book is simalar to the silmarillion but a lil bit different i made up my own charactar's and maps and my own word's. J.R.R. Tolkien is my favorite writer in the world i love his stuff.

  Nice job on writing j.r.r. tolkien.
God bless and r.i.p.

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