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Inhaltsangabe: A comprehensive collection of letters spanning the adult life (1914-1973) of one of the world's most famous storytellers. 'It is not possible even at great length to "pot" The Lord of the Rings in a paragraph or two. It was begun in 1936, and every part has been written many times...the labour has been colossal; and it must stand or fall, practically as it is.' J.R.R. Tolkien was one of the most prolific letter writers of this century. Over the years he wrote to his publishers, his family, to friends (including C.S. Lewis, W.H. Auden and Naomi Mitchison) and to fans of his books. The letters present a fascinating and highly detailed portrait of the man in many of his aspects: as storyteller, scholar, Catholic, parent and observer of the world around him. They also shed much light on his creative genius and grand design for the creation of a whole new world - Middle-earth. This collection will appeal not only to the legions of Tolkien fans, but will entertain anyone who appreciates the art of letter-writing, of which Tolkien was a master. 'I am nearly always written to as Tolkein (not by you): I do not know why, since it is pronounced by me always -keen.'

Rezension: Scholars and fans of the great mythologist will find a rich vein of information in Humphrey Carpenter's The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien was a prodigious letter writer all his life; the sheer mass of his correspondence would give pause to even the most stalwart archivist (one shudders to think what he would have done with e-mail). But with the able assistance of Tolkien's son Christopher and a healthy dose of determination, Carpenter manages find the cream of the crop--the letters that shed light on Tolkien's thoughts about his academic and literary work, as well as those that show his more private side, revealing a loving husband, a playful friend, and a doting father. The most fascinating letters are, of course, those in which he discusses Middle-Earth, and Carpenter offers plenty of those to choose from. Tolkien discussed the minutia of his legend--sometimes at great length--with friends, publishers, and even fans who wrote to him with questions. These letters offer significant insights into how he went about creating the peoples and languages of Middle-Earth.

I have long ceased to invent (though even patronizing or sneering critics on the side praise my 'inventions'): I wait till I seem to know what really happened. Or till it writes itself. Thus, though I knew for years that Frodo would run into a tree-adventure somewhere far down the Great River, I had no recollection of inventing Ents. I came at last to the point, and wrote the 'Treebeard' chapter without any recollection of any previous thought: just as it is now. And then I saw that, of course, it had not happened to Frodo at all.

This new edition of letters has an extensive index, and Carpenter has included a brief blurb at the beginning of each letter to explain who the correspondent was and what was being discussed. Still, we strongly recommend buying the companion volume, J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography, in order to better understand the place these correspondents had in Tolkien's life and get a better context for the letters. --Perry M. Atterberry

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Tolkien, J. R. R.; Tolkien, Christopher
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Buchbeschreibung Harper Collins, London, United Kingdom, 1995. Soft cover. Buchzustand: Fine. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 1st printing of the paperback in unread condition, no faults and no creases to the spine. A full number line 987654321. A wonderful collection of letters covering the life and inspirations of JRR Tolkien and his works. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 000063

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Carpenter, Humphrey; Tolkien, Christopher
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Buchbeschreibung HarperCollinsPublishers, London, 2006. Paperback. Buchzustand: Very Good. Edited by Humphrey Carpenter with the assistance of Christopher Tolkien.First published by George Allen & Unwin 1981, this edition 2006.Unread,page edges tanned, else very good copy. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 019562

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Tolkien, J. R. R.; Tolkien, Christopher
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Buchbeschreibung Harper Collins, London, 1999. Paperback. Second Edition (revised and enlarged). 19.5 x 13 cms. 502 pp. This edition includes a new expanded index. Tolkien was one of the twentieth century's most prolific letter writers. This collection will entertain anyone who appreciates the art of masterful letter writing. Pictorial covers, with gilt and white lettering. No dj. CONDITION : VG. Pages are clean and bright, but have a little tanning on the edges. Covers are in good condition. Usual library marks. Ex-Library. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 017377

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Buchbeschreibung Harper Collins, 1995. Soft Cover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Very good with light toning to text. Clean, unmarked interior. Light edgewear. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 55059

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Tolkien, J. R. R.
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Buchbeschreibung HarperCollins Publishers, uk, 1995. Soft cover. Buchzustand: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 1st printing of the 1995 paperback collection of letter by JRR Tolkien, Edited by Humphrey Carpenter. An essential reference for Tolkien fans. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 000121

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Humphrey Carpenter
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