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Book Title: Tree and Leaf; Smith of Wootton Major; The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth|
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ISBN 13: 9780048200150
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The author of the book: J.R.R. Tolkien
Edition: Unwin Books
Date of issue: October 30th 1975
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This collection is a great companion to J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth saga. The book offers a valuable glimpse into the author's storytelling philosophy, and provides details on the context surrounding some of Tolkien's most beloved work. I recommend this edition to anyone who is a fan of The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings.
The book is split into three sections of varying relation and intrigue to the Tolkien fan. "Tree and Leaf" includes the essay "On Fairy Stories" and the delightful short story "Leaf by Niggle." This is followed by the more fantastical short story "Smith of Wootton Major" and finally the historical fiction of "The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth." All sections have merit, with each exploring a unique facet of Tolkien's ethos. However, my favourite piece would have to be "Tree and Leaf", particularly "Leaf by Niggle." The story concerns a painter working on his masterwork; an allegorical presentation of how Tolkien saw himself as an artist. Rather than presenting a genius at work, the story portrays the painter as an insecure procrastinator who doubts the validity of his artistic contribution. It is interesting to note that this story followed The Hobbit, likely as the germ of The Lord of The Rings was taking shape in Tolkien's mind. Here we see a normal person wrestling with a grand idea, and exhibiting a lot of trouble in making it work. I read this at a time when I was beginning to explore my creative potential, and found myself struggling with the same things as Tolkien. It was a warm reminder that fine art takes time, and that even the masters are apt to struggle. It's just a wonderful and simple little story, and reads very much like The Hobbit.
The other entries in this collection are solid, and I found myself enjoying them very much. I was a little less enthused about "The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth" and I found myself wondering about its inclusion in the book. The other sections elaborate on Tolkien's belief in fairy stories and fantasy, whereas "Beorhtnoth" was an adapted poem about an English battle. I suppose this could be of interest for its anti-war sentiment and exploration into battle literature, but it was rather weak in comparison to the other stories. Perhaps this is another facet of Tolkein to delve into, but it appeared out of place here.
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Read information about the authorJohn 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 .
Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English language and literature from 1945 to 1959. He was a close friend of C.S. Lewis.
Christopher Tolkien published a series of works based on his father's extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion . These, together with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, form a connected body of tales, poems, fictional histories, invented languages, and literary essays about an imagined world called Arda, and Middle-earth within it. Between 1951 and 1955, Tolkien applied the word "legendarium" to the larger part of these writings.
While many other authors had published works of fantasy before Tolkien, the great success of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings led directly to a popular resurgence of the genre. This has caused Tolkien to be popularly identified as the "father" of modern fantasy literature—or more precisely, high fantasy. Tolkien's writings have inspired many other works of fantasy and have had a lasting effect on the entire field.
In 2008, The Times ranked him sixth on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". Forbes ranked him the 5th top-earning dead celebrity in 2009.
J.R.R. Tolkien, was born in South Africa in 1892, but his family moved to Britain when he was about 3 years old. When Tolkien was 8 years old, his mother converted to Catholicism, and he remained a Catholic throughout his life. In his last interview, two years before his death, he unhesitatingly testified, “I’m a devout Roman Catholic.”
Tolkien married his childhood sweetheart, Edith, and they had four children. He wrote them letters each year as if from Santa Claus, and a selection of these was published in 1976 as The Father Christmas Letters . One of Tolkien’s sons became a Catholic priest. Tolkien was an advisor for the translation of the Jerusalem Bible .
Tolkien once described The Lord of the Rings to his friend Robert Murray, an English Jesuit priest, as "a fundamentally religious and Catholic work, unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision." There are many theological themes underlying the narrative including the battle of good versus evil, the triumph of humility over pride, and the activity of grace. In addition the saga includes themes which incorporate death and immortality, mercy and pity, resurrection, salvation, repentance, self-sacrifice, free will, justice, fellowship, authority and healing. In addition The Lord's Prayer "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil" was reportedly present in Tolkien's mind as he described Frodo's struggles against the power of the "One Ring.''