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Tree and Leaf

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  2,199 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Repackaged to feature Tolkien's own painting of the Tree of Amalion, this collection includes his famous essay, 'On Fairy-Stories' and the story that exemplifies this, 'Leaf by Niggle'. Fairy-stories are not just for children, as anyone who has read Tolkien will know. In his essay 'On Fairy-Stories', Tolkien discusses the nature of fairy-tales and fantasy and rescues the g ...more
Paperback, 92 pages
Published December 1964 by George Allen & Unwin (first published 1964)
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Nikki
I've actually read everything except 'Mythopoeia' from this volume before: I needed it to do references to 'The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth'. 'Homecoming' is an interesting commentary on 'The Battle of Maldon'. I daren't comment more without plagiarising my essay, but it's definitely worth reading, and it's interesting to see so clearly how strongly his academic and creative work were bound together. 'Homecoming' is part-essay, part-drama, part-poetry.

'Mythopoeia' is lovely, too. 'Leaf by Niggle' i
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Julie Davis
Where do you go after The Lord of the Rings? To the heart of the matter ... Tolkien's famous essay on fairy stories, Leaf by Niggle, and Mythopoeia (which was written as a response to C.S. Lewis saying that myths were lies).

As one would expect the essay on fairy stories is rich and deep. I would really like to hear it read aloud but I don't see an audio version anywhere of the entire thing ... so I may just have to record it for myself. When paired with this essay, Leaf by Niggle takes on simila
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Narges Moini
Aug 29, 2013 Narges Moini rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Narges by: پگاه
تالکین از نویسنده‌هاییه که به قول هولدن
you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.
در طول کتاب هی به این فکر می‌کردم که چی می‌شد اگر تالکین پدربزرگم بود.
Mairéad (is exploring a floating city)
***Read for University***

4.75 stars.

I found the first part dealing with Faerie Stories was rather spot on with the thinkings of what I've always wondered about. Certainly is a thrill to see someone, especially when that someone happens to be Tolkien who crafted the world of MiddleEarth and its inhabitants, that they share similar views on certain aspects. It only made my heart swell with something deep and heartfelt since I've been working on a 5 year project that questions where everything begi
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Hermione Laake
This book is now a little dated. However, it is an inspiring and interesting bite-sized look at fairy tales as literature. The second story: Leaf and Niggle is reminiscent of Oscar Wilde's The Selfish Giant. It is very well written and has some wonderful moments, which make those of us writers' who try to work alone smile and determine to hide away less.
James M. Madsen, M.D.
There are various collections of Tolkien's shorter works, sometimes published under the same title but with different stories. Look carefully at the contents of any work that you choose, but find at least "The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son" and "Leaf by Niggle." I give each of these my highest rating, the former because of Tolkien's excellent commentary on the Old English word (and concept) "overmod" and the latter because it's one of the few largely allegorical works that Tolkien pr ...more
Gene
First let me clearly state, hats off to Mr. Tolkien. The man is simply brilliant and so immersed himself in his art that I one could reasonably argue that he is the father of the modern fantasy.

If you choose to read this book, I think you'll enjoy it if you want to understand this great author's way of approaching his craft. If you're just looking for another good Tolkien story, just read "Leaf by Niggle" and skip the other parts.

Tree and Leaf is composed of four parts. An essay - "On Fairy Stor
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Volsung
"Tree and Leaf" contains Tolkien's profound and moving short story, "Leaf by Niggle," and Tolkien's academic essay "On Fairy-Stories," notably a rather poor essay in some regards yet one of Tolkien's most quoted sources (the essay's content and structure is highly idiosyncratic, and yet where Tolkien's points are good and well-constructed they are VERY good, and stated with tremendous force). This volume also collects two other works: Tolkien's poem "Mythopoeia," which as verse is just fine, and ...more
cole
Tree and Leaf brings together a few shorter works that help illuminate Tolkien's thoughts on the uses and purposes of myth and story. The essay "On Fairy-stories" outlines Tolkien's thoughts on what exactly makes up a fairy-story, as opposed to a fairy-tale, etc, and how story does not tell a beautiful lie, but a better truth that speaks to who we are. Mythopoeia, a poem in response to detractors, is in many ways the same thoughts from Tolkien's essay but in poetic form. "Leaf by Niggle" draws o ...more
Sugarplumfairy
The poem Mythopoeia and the essay On Fairy Stories alone is enough to give this collection five stars. The essay On Fairy Stories is for writers/storytellers who write fantasy/fairy stories, and for scholars or readers who are curious about the nature of fairy stories and want to learn more. Tolkien approaches it by talking about the Middle English poems and epics like the Faerie Queene and Thomas the Bard and others. I recommend this to anyone who loves Tolkien's fiction (the books, not just th ...more
Olivia
Not too too bad. "On Faerie Stories" was a little hard to follow because there were so many different definitions given that it was hard to keep track of what was what.
I did like Niggle's short story though. The protagonist grows on you and becomes another one of Tolkien's very memorable characters.
Noah
Contains "Leaf by Niggle" and "On Fairy Stories," two of the most important books I've ever read as a writer, a reader of novels, and an appreciator of humanity. These two writings of Tolkien really represent just why I deeply love this man.
Farzaneh Doosti
داستان اولش برگ ِ نیگل داستان فوق العاده ای است که آدم را درگیر آن سوال همیشگی ازلی ابدی می کند، راستی هنر برای چه؟ هنر به چه فایده؟ آیا هنر باید مفید باشد یا زیبا؟

این زیباترین داستانی بود که درباره زیباشناسی هنر خواندم
Nádia Batista
Mais um livro que li durante a Maratona Literária de Fevereiro, escolhido por J.R.R. Tolkien ser da África do Sul (relembro que a maratona consistia em ler livros de autores de diferentes nacionalidades). Sendo um dos escritores da minha preferência, este Árvore e Folha pareceu-me uma boa escolha para conhecer um pouco mais do seu mundo, e estava curiosa em ler sobretudo o seu ensaio sobre contos de fadas.

Mais uma vez, Tolkien esteve à altura das minhas expectativas. O conto Folha, de Migalha, é
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Ginger
Tolkien's exegesis on the fairy tale, the realm of Faerie, its inhabitants, their magic, the origin of fairy tales, and who the stories are intended for. A must-read for anyone who desires to write fantasy.
Krelsk
My favorite bit in this book: the short story "Leaf by Niggle". Sounds odd but grows from a strange beginning to a glorious joyful tale. Typical, wonderful Tolkien.
Lydia
This is actaully a collection of Tolkien's work, covering a broad range and for specifyings sake, I'll rate each one.

On Fairy-Stories (*****) was actually one of Tolkiens lectures that he expanded for print and is a marvelous look at the origins, common themes, weeding out false fairy-tales from "real" ones (the difference between "fairy tales", "beast fable", "traveler's tales", "dream", etc.) and even the need for fairy-tales in society. The literature geek and true fairy tale lover (I totall

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Christopher
A menagerie of fun things for Tolkien fans, all connected to the common theme of sub-creation.

On Fairy Stories: Fantasy explained (and defended). Gold here.
Mythopoeia: A poem on how man's creative nature as namer is necessary to comprehending anything. Great stuff.
Leaf by Niggle: Easily one of the best short stories ever written, on the fate and purpose man's labor.
The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth: A good media res fragment of a poem (after a battle in the dead of night), followed by an intriguing e
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João Batista
Very insightful opinions on the genre Fantasy/ Fairy-stories. It helped me a lot to understand a little of this so vast a world...
Fatma
Aug 22, 2007 Fatma rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tolkien literature lovers
Shelves: the-uk, jrr-tolkien
my best pick from this book would be Tolkien's poem, "Mythopoeia", and of course Tolkien's story about death, "Leaf by Niggle" ...
daniel
Tolkien's philosophical treatment of the importance of myth.

Part 1: essay
Part 2: short story
Part 3: poem
William Herbst
Interesting thoughts on the nature of fantasy literature and a poetic reflection by a master of the genre.
Heidi Garrett
My copy of the book included the essay "On Fairy-Stories" and a short story, "Niggle and Leaf". The essay was a slog to read. Tolkien often is. A linguist, he doesn't go for smaller words or shorter sentences:) However, the content was brilliant. I thought he nailed the reason we read and write fairy-strories/fantasy, and what they really are, i.e. not dream sequences, lol. This is worth wording if you're a fan of the genre. The short story "Niggle and Leaf" was both sweet and interesting. I thi ...more
Pia
In cerca di una lettura leggera, qualche giorno fa ho iniziato Albero e foglia, saggio sulla fiaba di un certo JRR Tolkien. Premessa: ho letto Il signore degli anelli e Lo Hobbit ma sono lungi dal definirmi "tolkieniana". Ho apprezzato entrambi quei romanzi ma non ho voluto approfondire ulteriormente la produzione di Tolkien. Albero e foglia mi interessava perché ero in cerca di una lettura saggistica e mi sono già interessata della fiaba in passato. Detto questo, liberi di deridermi in qualche ...more
Tiago
Um livro que quero ler de novo pelo menos umas duas vezes mais!
Ahmad Sharabiani
تخیل شاعرانه ی تالکین همه جا حیرت انگیز است
Becca
Leaf by Niggle. Excellent.
Sarah
Jan 13, 2009 Sarah marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I like it thus far
bluetyson
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F. H.
Aprovechando el Tolkien J.R.R. Reading Day 2014 releí el poema "Mitopoeia", una de las mejores respuestas literarias al cuestionamiento —hecho nada más y nada menos que por C.S. Lewis— del verdadero valor de la literatura especulativa en general... y de la Fantasía en particular.

Lo más destacable del poema, además de su perfecta métrica y uso de las imágenes, es su capacidad de desnudar las añoranzas de su autor con respecto a los mundos «perdidos» de nuestra realidad; léase, a la capacidad de v
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran (a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army), philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings .

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“Man, Sub-creator, the refracted light
through whom is splintered from a single White
to many hues, and endlessly combined
in living shapes that move from mind to mind.
Though all the crannies of the world we filled
with Elves and Goblins, though we dared to build
Gods and their houses out of dark and light,
and sowed the seed of dragons, 'twas our right
(used or misused). The right has not decayed.
We make still by the law in which we're made.”
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