The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

By: J. R. R. Tolkien
Edited by: Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien
Published by: George Allen and Unwin
Publication Date: 1981

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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973), creator of the languages and history of Middle Earth as recorded in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, Professor of Anglo-Saxon and later of English Language and Literature at Oxford, was one of the most prolific letter-writers of this century. Over the years he wrote, to his publishers, to friends, and to 'fans' of his books, a mass of letters which often reveal the inner workings of his mind, and which record the history of composition of many of his stories. These letters have been collected and edited by Tolkien's biographer, Humphrey Carpenter, who has been assisted and advised by Christopher Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien's son and literary executor.

The selection from Tolkien's correspondence which is here published presents, in Tolkien's own words, a highly detailed portrait of the man in his many aspects: storyteller, scholar, Catholic, parent of a large family, and observer of the world around him. Enthusiasts for his writings will find much that is new to delight and excite them, for the letters not only include fresh information about Middle-earth and its inhabitants but also many analyses by Tolkien himself of the meanings of his stories. Besides this, the book will entertain anyone who appreciates the art of letter-writing, of which Tolkien was a master.

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