The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
by Humphrey Carpenter
Editor: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
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“If you wanted to go from the end of bilbo The Hobbit, I think the ring would be your inevitable choice as the linkIf you wanted a great tale, the Ring would be both the acquisition of a capital letter; and the Dark Lord would immediately appearAs he did, is not asked, the fire to the ass of Bag as soon as I got to this pointSo, the essence of the Quest began bothBut I met many things along the way that surprised meTom Bombadil, I already knew; but I had never been to BreeStrider sitting in the corner of the inn was a shock, and I had no idea who he was but Frodo.The Mines of Moria had been a mere name; and from Lothlorien no word had reached my mortal ears until I came there’ — JRRTolkien of WHAuden, 7 June 1955 JRRTolkien, dear bilbo author The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, was one of the most prolific 20th century letter writersOver the years, he has written a mass of letters — to his publishers, family, friends, and fans of his books that tell the story and composition of his works and his reaction to events.In turn thoughtful, mischievous, erudite, passionate, playful, energetic and sweet, Tolkien poured his heart and mind into a great stream of intimate correspondence friends and strangers of admirers all over the worldFrom this collection, one sees a spirit of immense complexity and number of layers — artistic, religious, deliciously eccentric, sentimental, and, finally, brilliant.Now, recently expanded with a detailed index, this collection offers a valuable reference that sheds much light on Tolkien, the genius creator, his thoughts and feelings on his own work, and the evolution of his great plan for creating a whole new world-the Middle-earth
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