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Hr. Fryd (original 1982; edition 1983)

by J. R. R. Tolkien (Author)

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Title:Hr. Fryd
Authors:J. R. R. Tolkien (Author)
Info:[Kbh.] Gyldendal 1983 [106] s. ill. 16*22 cm
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Mr. Bliss by J. R. R. Tolkien (1982)

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I had no idea this book existed until I ran into it at a used book store the other day. I spent a minute going "Tolkien? *The* Tolkien? *That* Tolkien?," but I don't know that I've ever found a better book-related surprise.

'Mr. Bliss' is cute, amusing, and just a great deal of fun for any child or Tolkien fan--reading it ten minutes after I got it was certainly worth being caught with a picture book on a college campus! It's clever and full of imaginative little characters (I adore the girabbit--can I have one?), and details. The style is recognizably Tolkien, and Mr. Bliss is more than a little hobbit-like.

The added dimension of being able to read it in Tolkien's own handwriting is worth a star all on it's own, and though the illustrations are hardly brilliant works of art, they're certainly better than anything *I* could come up with.

Anyways, if you love Tolkien, find this--it's worth the while of children and adults alike! ( )
  Ceora | May 13, 2013 |
Mr. Bliss is delightfully amusing, both the book and the title character himself. He gets himself into a series of farcical scrapes involving his new car, three thuggish teddy bears, four obese brothers, some cabbages and some bananas. Mr. Bliss is a frightful coward throughout, not at all the hero you might expect, which I think would make him a rather sympathetic character for younger children. He does stand up for himself in the end, albeit in a somewhat passive/aggressive way. Oh, and watch out for a surprise appearance by Old Gaffer Gamgee!

Tolkien's illustrations are, to be generous, charmingly naïve, but they do fit the story well. He's a good illustrator of landscape and the inanimate, but he was self-confessedly limited in his depiction of people and animals. If the pictures look like they were coloured in with pencils at the kitchen table, that's because they probably were.

Mr. Bliss is an interesting comparison with [b:The Sunday Books|10888098|The Sunday Books|Mervyn Peake|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1309980365s/10888098.jpg|15427086] by [a:Mervyn Peake|22018|Mervyn Peake|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1206549489p2/22018.jpg]: both by giants of 20th century literature; both created by fathers for their children; both published posthumously. Peake's illustrations for that book are much better than Tolkien's, but then he was an illustrator by profession.

Conversely, Peake left no text for his pictures, the story being written years later by family friend, [a:Michael Moorcock|16939|Michael Moorcock|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1222901251p2/16939.jpg], and I think that Tolkien's is the superior tale. ( )
  Michael.Rimmer | Mar 30, 2013 |
Tämä on ilmeisesti Tolkienin lapsilleen kirjoittama ja piirtämä tarina herra Blissitä ja hänen uudesta autostaan. Ilmeisesti, koska mukana ei valitettavasti ole mitään taustoista kertovaa. Mukana on suomennoksen lisäksi Tolkienin käsinkirjoittamat sivut kuvineen, mikä teki lukemisen todella hauskaksi.

Pidän Tolkienin tavasta kuvittaa. Pidän Tolkienin tavasta kertoa myös näitä yksinkertaisempia satuja. ( )
  Dei_Diamanda | Oct 26, 2010 |
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Mr. Bliss's first outing in his new motor-car, shared with several friends, bears, dogs, and a donkey, though not the Girabbit, proves to be unconventional though not inexpensive.

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Mr. Bliss's first outing in his new motor-car, shared with several friends, bears, dogs, and a donkey, though not the Girabbit, proves to be unconventional though not inexpensive.

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