Tree and Leaf
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 ...more
'Mythopoeia' is lovely, too. 'Leaf by Niggle' i ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Dividido em duas partes, a primeira delas (Sobre Histórias de Fadas) é uma excelente exploração sobre o que atrai a mente humana a essas histórias, além de ser uma crítica ao julgamento de relegá-las apenas ...more
raccoglie fiabe,una poesia,un saggio e un racconto epico. Appare subito chiaro il perchè questo libro non venga più stampato e distribuito. Racchiude poca narrativa a fronte di molti approfondimenti sulla fiaba,il mito ecc ecc. Un libro più di studio che di piacere (non che le 2 cose non possano coincidere) che racchiude in se un'altro grave difetto editoriale. 2 dei racconti che propone sono oggi stampati ...more
A collection of Tolkien short pieces, including his aesthetic manifesto, "On Fairy Stories"; the allegorical story "Leaf by Niggle"; and his verse drama "The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son".
I wonder what possessed the publishers to combine these very different pieces by Tolkien together between the same set of covers? I was a little baffled when I first read them, I don't think I was more than twelve at the time.
I now find it much easier to gr ...more
I have to say I had difficulty in rating this book as a whole as for me, as I'm sure it will be for many others, there were aspects that I enjoyed more than others.
Perhaps more for those wishing to study the works of Tolkien, for those wishing to understand his views on the use of imagination in literature - after all ...more
I did like Niggle's short story though. The protagonist grows on you and becomes another one of Tolkien's very memorable characters.
"On Fairy Stories" encompasses about half the book and relates Tolkien's approach to the purpose o ...more
این زیباترین داستانی بود که درباره زیباشناسی هنر خواندم
Mais uma vez, Tolkien esteve à altura das minhas expectativas. O conto Folha, de Migalha, é ...more
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...more
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 ...more
Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English lan ...more
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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.”