The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien


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This collection will entertain all who appreciate the art of masterful letter writing. The Letters of J.R.R Tolkien sheds much light on Tolkien's creative genius and grand design for the creation of a whole new world: Middle-earth. Featuring a radically expanded index, this volume provides a valuable research tool for all fans wishing to trace the evolution of THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618056996
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/06/2000
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 134,128
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

Humphrey Carpenter, the author of THE BRIDESHEAD GENERATION and THE INKLINGS, among other books, was given unrestricted access to all of Tolkien's papers for his biography of Tolkien, J.R.R. TOLKIEN: A BIOGRAPHY.

J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892–1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

Date of Birth:

January 3, 1892

Date of Death:

September 2, 1973

Place of Birth:

Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)

Place of Death:

Oxford, England


B.A., Exeter College, Oxford University, 1915; M.A., 1919

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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful compilation of letters written by Tolkien to various people (friends, fans, media, etc.) that includes Tolkien thoughts on questions and criticisms of his work. Subjects such as the basis for Middle-earth, the untreated subject of the entwives, and many, many more are discussed by the man who knew them best - Tolkien himself. Entertaining to read and humorous more often than not, I highly recommend this book for fans of all types and ages.
KChap19 More than 1 year ago
As a student that has been in more English courses than are good for an individual, I know only too well that we often know what the author "intended" or "really meant" by a specific word, situation, or person more than the actual author! Too often writers assume that objects or characters or plot lines symbolize something far from what the author had in fact intended to symbolize. "Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien" details the purpose behind everything Tolkien every wrote. The book is a collection of letters actually written by Tolkien to various correspondents including his son Christopher, publishers Allen & Unwin, and Unwin's son Rayner. This book is a must for any and every Tolkien fan! If you want to learn more about the origins of Hobbits or need a simplified explanation of "On Fairy Stories" this is the place to get it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien presents a look into the evolution of Tolkien's legendarium, as well as a glimpse into Tolkien's personal life. A worthy addition to the library of any Tolkien reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The reader is given an overview of Tolkien's life and relationships through excerpts from his letters, the letters spanning his adult life. A brief bit of context is given at the start of each letter, footnotes are also used to add important information. The bulk of the collection covers the role that Tolkien's writing, as well as his efforts to have his works published, played in his life. Of special interest are several lengthy letters giving an overview of The Lord of the Rings, stressing the main points, as Tolkien saw them. The book is recommended for those wanting to know more about Tolkien. By the way, the review editor seems to have an odd dislike for certain punctuation items, notably semicolons and parens.
arelenriel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This give the reader a lot of details on ME that were previously unknown or only surmised. It also tells you a lot about Tolkein both as a person and as a writer and a teacher.
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