Tree and Leaf

Tree and Leaf

By: J. R. R. Tolkien
Published by: George Allen and Unwin
Publication Date: 1964

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Fairy stories are not just for children, as anyone who has read Professor Tolkien will know. The taste for them is a natural one, at any age. In his essay, On Fairy Stories, which forms the first part of this book, he rescues them from the academics on the one hand, the philologists and anthropologists, and, on the other, from those who would relegate them to 'juvenilia'. The second part contains, as an apt and beautiful illustration, one of Professor Tolkien's earlier short stories, Leaf by Niggle. Like the later and more generous The Lord of the Rings, it shows his mastery of the art of 'sub-creation', the power to give to fantasy 'the inner consistency of reality'.

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