The Monsters and the Critics, and Other Essays Hardcover – 1 Apr 1984
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J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Such a comment is typical of a man whose interest in language was that of, not a communicator, but (as he might have put it) a student of ancient lore: a man who habitually gives the written precedence over the spoken. He valued words as much for their sound and form as their meaning.Read more ›
Within the essays could be detected the shrewd mind of their author as he contemplated the many aspects of language which entranced him. From syntax to the sound and measure of individual words, the thought process in some of Tolkien's works can be clearly discerned in his writings. His stark enthusiasm for language is infectious and I couldn't help but have deep admiration for the clear devotion and respect Tolkien has for language.
The other thing to read with this is Seamus Heaney's poetic translation of Beowulf.
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Lectures and essays Tolkien gave and wrote over the course of decades.Published on 11 July 2014 by Matthias Van Dijk
So important. The meaning of fiction and fantasy in a world of self-obsessed "true-story"-tellers can not be overestimated. Read this.Published on 21 April 2013 by Amanda Setterwall Klingert
It's really great to be able to read a selection of Tolkien's essays in one neat book. Getting a personal insight into his own opinions about his work - rather than from a... Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2012 by RPattimore