The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien PDF/EPUB ☆ of J.R.R.

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien PDF/EPUB ☆ of J.R.R.


  • Paperback
  • 502 pages
  • The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • English
  • 11 October 2019
  • 0618056998

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  1. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    I discovered The Letters of J.R.R 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 A C 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 I discovered The Letters of J.R.R 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 A C 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 life.It 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 thatpersonal 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 Unwin,the Hobbit will be ready tomorrow, honest.Yours faithfully,Tolkien.Dear Unwin,I ve been swamped by illness, work, exams,work,exams, lectures,work andexams I can t possibly get it ready this decade.Yours faithfully,Tolkien.Dear Unwin,did you like it Yours faithfully,Tolkien.Dear Unwin,glad you liked it The illustrations will be ready tomorrow.Yours faithfully,Tolkien.this decade, etc.Dear Unwin,I may have no taste but the American cover art is appalling and Dear Unwin,the Hobbit will be ready tomorrow, honest.Yours faithfully,Tolkien.Dear Unwin,I ve been swamped by illness, work, exams,work,exams, lectures,work andexams I can t possibly get it ready this decade.Yours faithfully,Tolkien.Dear Unwin,did you like it Yours faithfully,Tolkien.Dear Unwin,glad you liked it The illustrations will be ready tomorrow.Yours faithfully,Tolkien.this decade, etc.Dear Unwin,I may have no taste but the American cover art is appalling and did they even read the book Yours faithfully,Tolkien Repeat all of the above w.r.t LoTR Dear Inkling the other Inklings work is mostly rubbish but I like it in parts and even though they are annoying I like them really.Yours,Tolkers repeat with every other Inkling Dear somebody acquainted with me that critic is impertinent and did he even read the book Yours, annoyed,JRRTDear Christopher,you are the only one who understands me I love you Sob YourFather Above written in Anglo Saxon Dear Nazi scum,you, 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 t.Yours with no respect at all.Tolkien.Dear any translator of LoTR your 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 book.Yours faithfully,Tolkien.Dear Member of public thank you for your interesting questions 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 subject.Yours faithfully,Tolkien.Dear Critic I like thank you for your encouraging, perceptive review.Yours faithfully,Tolkien.Dear prospective interviewer leave me alone.Yours faithfully,Tolkien.Dear Reader who said something stupid as 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 Appendices.Yours faithfully,Tolkien.Dear Christopher,the Roman Catholic Church is axiomatically right about everything even though most of its priests are idiotic, uneducated, corrupt, morally defective, politcally minded perverts.YourFather 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 grasp.Worthwhile for anybody who wants to knowof 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 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 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 1968 I remember Jack C.S Lewis telling me a story of Brightman, the distinguished ecclesiastical scholar, who used to sit quietly 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 hi An excerpt from a letter to Walter Hooper, 20 February 1968 I remember Jack C.S Lewis telling me a story of Brightman, the distinguished ecclesiastical scholar, who used to sit quietly 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 meant Very few things could beimagination 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 muchinteresting


  6. Sherwood Smith Sherwood Smith says:

    One of my favorite rereads.Not 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. 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 time.Where 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 writ 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 time.Where 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 died.For 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 fun.Now I ll the only logical thing re read The Lord of the Rings Again


  8. Lorenna Lorenna says:

    What a brilliant, brilliant manWell, 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 waterTo Christopher Tolkien, 1943


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

    Review originally posted 4 January 2013 on Falling Letters.I 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 into.I don t read books a Review originally posted 4 January 2013 on Falling Letters.I 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 into.I 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 beendull 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, C.S Lewis, religious debate, and of course, much on The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and Middle Earth lore in general.I 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 inquiring 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 inquiring 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 indeed.This 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 works Originally 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 and or 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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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE was an English of J.R.R. Epub Ú writer, poet, WWI veteran a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army , philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic worksThe The Letters MOBI :Ú HobbitandThe Lord of the RingsTolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo Saxon at Oxford from to , and Merton Professor of English language and literature from to He was a close friend of CS Letters of J.R.R. PDF/EPUB ë LewisChristopher Tolkien published a series of works based on his father s extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, includingThe SilmarillionThese, together with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, form a connected body of tales, poems, fictional histories, invented languages, and literary essays about an imagined world called Arda, and Middle earth within it Between and , Tolkien applied the word legendarium to the larger part of these writings While many other authors had published works of fantasy before Tolkien, the great success of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings led directly to a popular resurgence of the genre This has caused Tolkien to be popularly identified as the father of modern fantasy literature orprecisely, high fantasy Tolkien s writings have inspired many other works of fantasy and have had a lasting effect on the entire fieldIn , The Times ranked him sixth on a list of The greatest British writers since Forbes ranked him the th top earning dead celebrity in Religious influencesJRR Tolkien, was born in South Africa in , but his family moved to Britain when he was about years old When Tolkien was years old, his mother converted to Catholicism, and he remained a Catholic throughout his life In his last interview, two years before his death, he unhesitatingly testified, I m a devout Roman Catholic Tolkien married his childhood sweetheart, Edith, and they had four children He wrote them letters each year as if from Santa Claus, and a selection of these was published in asThe Father Christmas LettersOne of Tolkien s sons became a Catholic priest Tolkien was an advisor for the translation of theJerusalem BibleTolkien once described The Lord of the Rings to his friend Robert Murray, an English Jesuit priest, as a fundamentally religious and Catholic work, unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision There are many theological themes underlying the narrative including the battle of good versus evil, the triumph of humility over pride, and the activity of grace In addition the saga includes themes which incorporate death and immortality, mercy and pity, resurrection, salvation, repentance, self sacrifice, free will, justice, fellowship, authority and healing In addition The Lord s Prayer And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil was reportedly present in Tolkien s mind as he described Frodo s struggles against the power of the One Ring.