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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

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A book by J. R. R. Tolkien

Scholars and fans of the great mythologist will find a rich vein of information in Humphrey Carpenter'sThe 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 … see full wiki

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Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Mariner Books
2 reviews about The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
review by . January 31, 2009
This is a large and quite diverse collection of correspondence. In it one sees Tolkien's views on both world wars, minute details of the publication process, answers to LOTR fans, as well as language, religion, and life in general. It is an astounding collection which helps show the intelligence, wisdom, and humanity of a literary (and scholarly) genius.    I found his discussions on LOTR material some of the less fascinating portions of this book, actually. A lot of this was …
review by . January 17, 2001
. . .into the life and writing of JRR Tolkien. These letters, edited by his official biographer, Humphrey Carpenter, provide glimpses into every area of Professor Tolkien's life. We see:* his early years in the war (where his mythology all began* his relationship with his wife (a true love story)* his early interaction with those who later became "The Inklings"* the development of his spirituality and theology* words of wisdom to his children on love, marriage, God, the Church, etc.* and, of course, …
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