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Not exclusively Tolkienian,
This review is from: Tree and Leaf: Including MYTHOPOEIA (Paperback)
I get frustrated when reviewers of Tolkien's works (fiction or other) tend to wrap his legendarium complete with his theory in a box-like container, only applicable to Tolkien. The collection of pieces in 'Tree and Leaf' are a testament to its non exclusiveness. The idea of a 'sub-creation' can be applied to many artists, indeed, Tolkien was subscribing to the view BECAUSE he was an artist, and not as a sort of extended appendix to his own works. Of course his essays do help us to understand the scope of Middle Earth, but only in so much as it tells us it's a sub-creation- a fragmented vision of the true creation (God's).
That aside, this will continue to be a treasured book of mine, and I will bear it in mind whenever I come to any piece of art.