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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Real Authorial Intent

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    Insightful

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2007

    Revealing Collection of Letters

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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