The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien   -     Edited By: Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien
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This homeschool product specifically reflects a Christian worldview. The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 2000 / Paperback

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The 20th century's best-loved storyteller was also among its greatest letter writers! From reflections on The Hobbit to his friendship with C.S. Lewis, Tolkien poured forth fascinating dispatches to family, the famous, and unknown fans worldwide. Meet the man behind Middle-earth through his delightfully styled correspondence---alternately playful, tender, scholarly, and Christian. Chronologically arranged; includes a helpful index. Ages 14 and up. 502 pages, softcover from Houghton Mifflin.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 502
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 8 X 5 1/2 (inches)
ISBN: 0618056998
ISBN-13: 9780618056996
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'...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.

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Humphrey Carpenter, the author of THE BRIDESHEAD GENERATION and THE INKLINGS, among other books, was given unrestricted access to all of Tolkien's papers for his biography of Tolkien, J.R.R. TOLKIEN: A BIOGRAPHY.
J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892–1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

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    This book is a good reading for those who like to know more about Tolkien, his life, the process of writing The Hobbit and LOTR and his opinions about various topics. Also it gives a glimpse about life in England during world war II. Could not put the book down. Really good!
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