The Tolkien Reader

The Tolkien Reader

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The Tolkien Reader by J. R. R. Tolkien

Stories, poems, and commentaries by the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
An imaginative history of the distant and marvelous past that introduces the rather unheroic Farmer Giles, whose efforts to capture a somewhat untrustworthy dragon will delight readers everywhere.
A collection of verse in praise of Tom Bombadil, that staunch friend of the Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings.
Contains “On Fairy-stories,” Professor Tolkien’s now-famous essay on the form of the fairy story and the treatment of fantasy.
. . . and other dazzling works, including an introduction by Peter S. Beagle

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345345066
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1986
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 289,171
Product dimensions: 4.17(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. After serving in World War I, he embarked upon a distinguished academic career and was recognized as one of the finest philologists in the world. He was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. He is, however, beloved throughout the world as the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic works as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He died on September 2, 1973, at the age of eighty-one.

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 Tolkien Reader 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the essay, Tree and Leaf, to be very useful in augmenting my understanding of the fairy tale as a true art form in its own right. However, Tolkien's style ventures toward polemic at times and the essay suffers because of this; his criticism style seems to get away from him, sometimes chatty and occassionally falling into unpleasant, verbose diatribe. The essay, despite this shortcoming, is important; he makes some very good observations and states his case well (mostly). The little story, Leaf by Niggle is delightful; so is Farmer Giles, and the poems are enchanting. I wish that Smith of Wooten Major was included in this collection - that would really make a complete reader which covers worlds other than Middle Earth (Hobbit, LOTR, Silmarillion).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always loved this book! My brother has an original 1966 printing of the book and I didn't even know they were still printing it! I just had to get it when I saw a few weeks ago. I can simply not reccomend this book enough! EVERY Tolkien fan or addict NEEDS to buy this book!! It's a seriously important addition to any collection. I wish I could find a book of all his poetry put together, but I haven't seen one yet. THIS book is great, with Farmer Giles of Ham, The Adventures of Tom Bombadill, and more stories, it also has some of my favorite poems like Perry the Winkle, The Mewlips, and Princess Mee. I absolutely LOVE this book, no Tolkien fan should go without it!!
1000_Character_Reviews More than 1 year ago
The Tolkien Reader is an interesting compilation of short stories, poems, and essays that were written throughout his career.  In general...if you've already read "Tales From the Perilous Realm" (including the Appendix), you'll probably want to pass this book up.  The only thing you're really missing is the Homecoming of Beorhtnoth (which is comes from Tolkien's translation work) and you aren't missing that much.  In short:  The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth is a dark Beowulf/Shakespeare-like poem that will leave you with a feeling of dread.  On Fairy-Stories provides a great insight into the mind of Tolkien and how serious he took his craft.  Leaf by Niggle is a charming commentary about how sometimes the little things can completely take over our lives.  Farmer Giles of Ham is a great fairy-tale about how a simple farmer takes on a dragon and becomes more powerful than a king.  Lastly, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil provides some poems that further flesh out the world of Middle-Earth.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable reading experiance for any Tolkien fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...what is up with the new cover? Is JRRT on LSD?