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The Tolkien Reader [PDF / EPUB] The Tolkien Reader An invitation to Tolkien's world This rich treasury includes Tolkien's most beloved short fiction plus his essay on fantasy Publisher's Note Tolkien's Magic Ring by Peter S Beagle The Homecoming of Be An invitation to Tolkien's world This rich treasury includes Tolkien's most beloved short fiction plus his essay on fantasy Publisher's Note Tolkien's Magic Ring by Peter S Beagle The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son Tree and Leaf On Fairy Stories Leaf by Niggle Farmer Giles of Ham The Adventures of Tom Bombadil The Adventures of Tom Bombadil Bombadil Goes Boating Errantry Princess Mee The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late The Man in the Moon Came Down Too Soon The Stone Troll Perry the Winkle The Mewlips Oliphaunt Fastitocalon Cat Shadow bride The Hoard The The Tolkien MOBI :ß Sea Bell The Last Ship.

  • Paperback
  • 251 pages
  • The Tolkien Reader
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • English
  • 24 March 2016
  • 9780345345066

10 thoughts on “The Tolkien Reader

  1. says:

    Finished reading The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit? This is the next Tolkien book I'd recommend a good introduction to Tolkien the essayist and the short story teller The short story Leaf by Niggle and the essay On Fairy Stories alone are worth the purchase and the other pieces are pretty good too One wishes the poem mythopoeia were here too but alas it is notThe only downside to this book is that it overlaps with uite a few other Tolkien anthologies But in most cases that's okay because the scholarly tone of most of Tolkien's work means only very few people collect all Tolkien the anthologies anyway At any rate if I were to come up with a list of BASIC Tolkieniana er that looks strange No wonder that term isn't used often it would comprise of1 The Lord of the Rings;2 The Hobbit;3 The Tolkien Reader;4 The Silmarillion; and5 Humphrey Carpenter's Tolkien A BiographyAnd then you can explore the rest of Tolkien's body of work as you see fit based on what you've sampled But if you want to get to know Tolkien's work with any degree of credibility the material you find in The Tolkien Reader are must reads RE de Leon1120 PM January 5 2010Agoo La Union Philippines

  2. says:

    Excellent compilation of some of Tolkien's shorter works Farmer Giles of Ham is a funny adventure story The Adventures of Tom Bombadil is a collection of funny epic nonsense and sad poems only two of which are actually about Tom Bombadil Leaf by Niggle is my all time favorite short story of Tolkien's He's kind of poking fun at himself working so hard on his legendarium that he gets grumpy when other duties get in the way but in the end he learns what is important Niggle also learns that being creative is valued by God This ties in directly to Tolkien's main point in his essay On Fairy Stories He argued that fantasy is its own art form and shouldn't be relegated to children's stories Instead creating fantasy worlds is a reflection of our creator He says Fantasy remains a human right we make in our measure and in our derivative mode because we are made and not only made but made in the image and likeness of a Maker

  3. says:

    This is a great read adding a lot to one's knowledge of Tolkien The three best pieces in the book are On Fairy Stories Leaf by Niggle and Farmer Giles of HamOn Fairy Stories deals with two important themes subcreation and eucatastropheSubcreation is the act of world building in which all creators of stories participate It’s not creation The primary world the physical and spiritual world in which we live was created by God The world in which the events of our stories take place is not the primary world but a secondary world that has been subcreated by an author The author stands in relation to his subcreated world as God stands to the primary world There is of course one big difference characters in the primary world have free will whereas characters in the secondary world do not Even here you can be nit picky Every author will attest that sometimes characters take on lives of their own and assert a kind of freedom over events in the secondary world Whatever the psychological origin of such a phenomenon it happens and really attests to the divine nature of subcreationThe poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge once wrote that reading poetry involved the reader in “the willing suspense of disbelief” The reader has to make a conscious agreement to believe in the secondary world created by the poet Tolkien was a little harsher If the author was doing a good job he reasoned the reader shouldn’t need to suspend his disbelief He wouldn’t even realize that he was in a fictional world until he reached the end of the tale and had to close the book Anyone who has read all afternoon and not noticed the passage of time knows exactly what Tolkien was talking aboutTolkien was writing The Hobbit at the time and clearly his analysis of fairy story was at the same time an analysis of what he was doing in his own fairy story The Hobbit isn’t a great deal like LOTR The elves are not so much the figures of veneration as they are in LOTR—they’re frivolous childlike You can make what excuses you like—we’re only seeing an aspect of their nature in The Hobbit perhaps—but the fact is that they’re written to satisfy the same mind that finds wonder in fairy storyThe eucatastrophe is the sudden and unexpected happy ending in a story Against all expectations things turn out right The hero was thought to be dead but is not All is better than could really have been imagined before The Resurrection is the prime historical example of eucatastrophe of course and there are numerous examples in literature including most notably the destruction of the Ring of Power at the end of LOTRLeaf by Niggle is a short story an allegory no less Tolkien claimed to dislike allegory but here is an allegory he wrote It's about a man called Niggle who has an important journey to undertake and good deeds to do but he keeps getting distracted by the painting of a tree he is working on It soon becomes pretty clear that the journey is death and his allegorical journey by train to a land obviously heaven in which the tree from his painting is real is a beautiful rendition of the role of art in this life and beyond The closing passage is a chilling reminder of how ill those left behind really deserve the art that is produced for themFarmer Giles of Ham is the tale of a reluctant hero who conuers a dragon a delightful tale that gently spoofs chivalric romance and even at one point the Oxford English Dictionary

  4. says:

    I'd read many of these shorter pieces by Tolkien before but it had been a long time and going through them all again as part of an honors seminar I'm teaching on Christianity and Fantasy has been simply delightful On Fairy Stories remains a brilliant and challenging take on uestions of language narrative and belief that properly sits comfortably beside the philosophical writings of JG Herder Hans Georg Gadamer and every other hermeneutical thinker who has struggled to understand the relationship between poetry mythology and religion besides being along with all that a wonderful glimpse of a cranky opinionated mind at work Leaf by Niggle is a subtle Christian allegory putting the journey of an easily distracted artist or a fussy never satisfied scholar in the context of a grand journey towards salvation Farmer Giles of Ham is a genuinely entertaining bit of medieval satire while Smith of Wootton Major which isn't included in this particular collection but I read it alongside the other works anyway is a truly superb fairy story combining the unsettling strange beauty of Faerie with a very ordinary poignant story of humble people growing older and wiser or not as the years go by There are many collections where these and other writings by Tolkien can be found; wherever you find them they are worth treasuring

  5. says:

    I debated on how I should rate this book I really enjoyed a couple of the stories but liked the poetry less well I've never really been a fan of poetry even that within Tolkien's Middle Earth books However Leaf By Niggle and Farmer Giles of Ham were so enjoyable that they bumped this volume up to four stars In fact Leaf is so good that I would rate it as one of the best short stories that I have ever read

  6. says:

    Most of this was probably around 3 stars for me fine not memorableBut it also includes a wonderful essay On Fairy Stories I would consider this reuired reading for anyone with a particular interest in the fantasy genre What Tolkien has to say on subjects like originality escapism and the role of fairy stories in adult life is just as relevant today as it was when it was written

  7. says:

    I just read the essay On farie Stories It is simply the best I find that this is the reason I read

  8. says:

    This collection is a must read for fans of all forms of fantasy His essay On Fairy Tales is worth reading at least twice If reading On Fairy tales for the first time I suggest you try to avoid reading the footnotes They're interesting but they knock you out of Tolkien's thought train Then read it again preferrably immediately For while Tolkien focuses on fairy stories he in fact discusses nothing short of the nature and significance of all fictionThe Homecoming of Beorhtnoth and Farmer Giles of Han illustrate the enormous breadth of Professor Tolkien's wit and scholarship The poems frankly might only be of interest to die hard LOTR fansRecommend you skip Peter S Beagle's essay on Tolkien's Magic Ring as it adds nothing to the collection If Mister Beagle actually read The Lord of the Rings he certainly didn't understand it Your opinions will be at least as good as his

  9. says:

    Too bad Americans aren't into statuary I would put a statue of Tolkien in my house if we did that sort of thing I particularly enjoyed the moments of self revelation in his essay about fairy stories How he longed for dragons as a child how he had and has a wholly unsatisfied desire to shoot well with a bow how he can make himself sit through a cricket match only by using things other than cricket to stay interested such as a wild heraldic preference for dark blue over light blue It was also amusing to see that he always skipped over the poetry in books when he was youngIn Leaf by Niggle he shows his view of his own life and what he expects to be doing in the afterlifeI liked everything in this book including the poetry My son will recite Errantry to his class tomorrow and as Bilbo recommends he plans to keep going until they rise up in revolt

  10. says:

    If you're looking for Lord of the Rings when you read this book you're going to be disappointed That said it's got some really stunning poetry in it a few very interesting stories and an interesting essay of mine On Faerie Stories Odds are you'll find something in here you really like some things you're pretty indifferent toward and some things you don't like at all

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