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The Tolkien Reader by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Tolkien Reader

by J. R. R. Tolkien

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Contents: Tolkien's Magic Ring; The homecoming of beorhtnoth beorhthelm's son; tree and leaf, famer giles of ham, the adventures of tom bombadil
  LanternLibrary | Sep 16, 2017 |
Suitable for Juvenile read-to. This is not up to the Classic level of the LOTR being a collection of stories, songs and material not directly related to LOTR or the Hobbit. However, it also lends a sense oof background and style to the body of his work that is not included in LOTR. ( )
  AmishTechie | Jun 28, 2017 |
Some great short works by JRRT... The book's introduction, "Tolkien's Magic Ring" by Peter Beagle, is fantastic. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Feb 3, 2016 |
People know Tolkien as the writer of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. In 1966, Ballantine books collected some of his shorter works to serve as a paperback introduction for those who had not yet read his Ring Trilogy.

Peter Beagle wrote a fine introduction to this volume. It was amusing to read his biographical blurb which described him as the author of A Fine and Private Place which was "published in 1960, and was extremely well received" (xvi). (Of course, he went on to write the much more famous The Last Unicorn.)

The works collected are a true miscellany, both in content and in style. "The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son" is a somber fragment of a play where two battle-weary soldiers pick through the bodies of their comrades by lamplight to find their war-leader. "Farmer Giles of Ham," in contrast, is a comic fantasy story about a lowly farmer who becomes a dragon master. This story is suitable for younger readers. "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil" is a collection of sixteen poems written during the third age of Middle Earth.

The highlight of this collection is "Tree and Leaf". After a lengthy essay on the nature of fairy stories which gives the reader insight into Tolkien's thought process, the story "Tree and Leaf" is a powerful account of a man—a painter—who spends his whole life putting off the future (and his neighbour) in order to paint the perfect leaf. When he is finally forced to go on his journey, he realizes his true role in the world and in the world to come. Reading from a Christian perspective, this story was very moving!

The works collected between these covers are so diverse, only a devoted Tolkien fan would be interested in reading them all. If that's you, then enjoy! ( )
1 vote StephenBarkley | Nov 25, 2014 |
first publ 1966
  glenanderson | Oct 8, 2013 |
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Tolkien, J. R. R.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beagle, Peter S.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carroux, MargaretTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dringenberg, MichaelCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hegemann, AnjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Killer, UlrikeEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krege, WolfgangTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schütz, Hans J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scherf, WalterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sund, HaraldPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
von Freymann, E.-M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,/Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,/Nine for Mortal Men, doomed to die,/One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne/In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie./One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,/One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them/In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
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In August of the year 991, in the reign of Aethelred II, a battle was fought near Maldon in Essex.
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The German edition "Das Tolkien-Lesebuch" is not exactly just a translation of "The Tolkien Reader". It does include some chapters of "The Lord of the Rings" and also some of Tolkien's letters.
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Stories, poems, and commentaries by the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
An imaginative history of the distant and marvelous past that introduces the rather unheroic Farmer Giles, whose efforts to capture a somewhat untrustworthy dragon will delight readers everywhere.
A collection of verse in praise of Tom Bombadil, that staunch friend of the Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings.
Contains “On Fairy-stories,” Professor Tolkien’s now-famous essay on the form of the fairy story and the treatment of fantasy.
. . . and other dazzling works, including an introduction by Peter S. Beagle

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Stories, poems and an essay by the author of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings."

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