If You Wanted To Go On From The End Of The Hobbit I Think The Ring Would Be Your Inevitable Choice As The Link If Then You Wanted A Large Tale, The Ring Would At Once Acquire A Capital Letter And The Dark Lord Would Immediately Appear As He Did, Unasked, On The Hearth At Bag End As Soon As I Came To That Point So The Essential Quest Started At Once But I Met A Lot Of Things Along The Way That Astonished Me Tom Bombadil I Knew Already But I Had Never Been To Bree Strider Sitting In The Corner Of The Inn Was A Shock, And I Had No Idea Who He Was Than Frodo Did The Mines Of Moria Had Been A Mere Name And Of Lothlorien No Word Had Reached My Mortal Ears Till I Came There J.R.R Tolkien To W.H Auden, June 7, 1955J.R.R Tolkien, Cherished Author Of The Hobbit, The Lord Of The Rings, And The Silmarillion, Was One Of The Twentieth Century S Most Prolific Letter Writers Over The Years He Wrote A Mass Of Letters To His Publishers, His Family, To Friends, And To Fans Of His Books Which Record The History And Composition Of His Works And His Reaction To Subsequent Events.By Turns Thoughtful, Impish, Scholarly, Impassioned, Playful, Vigorous, And Gentle, Tolkien Poured His Heart And Mind Into A Great Stream Of Correspondence To Intimate Friends And Unknown Admirers All Over The World From This Collection One Sees A Mind Of Immense Complexity And Many Layers Artistic, Religious, Charmingly Eccentric, Sentimental, And Ultimately Brilliant.Now Newly Expanded With A Detailed Index, This Collection Provides An Invaluable Record That Sheds Much Light On Tolkien S Creative Genius, His Thoughts And Feelings About His Own Work, And The Evolution Of His Grand Design For The Creation Of A Whole New World Middle Earth.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army , philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic worksThe HobbitandThe Lord of the Rings .Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English lan John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army , philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic worksThe HobbitandThe Lord of the Rings .Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English language and literature from 1945 to 1959 He was a close friend of C.S Lewis.Christopher Tolkien published a series of works based on his father s extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, includingThe SilmarillionThese, together with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, form a connected body of tales, poems, fictional histories, invented languages, and literary essays about an imagined world called Arda, and Middle earth within it Between 1951 and 1955, Tolkien applied the word legendarium to the larger part of these writings While many other authors had published works of fantasy before Tolkien, the great success of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings led directly to a popular resurgence of the genre This has caused Tolkien to be popularly identified as the father of modern fantasy literature orprecisely, high fantasy Tolkien s writings have inspired many other works of fantasy and have had a lasting effect on the entire field.In 2008, The Times ranked him sixth on a list of The 50 greatest British writers since 1945 Forbes ranked him the 5th top earning dead celebrity in 2009.Religious influencesJ.R.R Tolkien, was born in South Africa in 1892, but his family moved to Britain when he was about 3 years old When Tolkien was 8 years old, his mother converted to Catholicism, and he remained a Catholic throughout his life In his last interview, two years before his death, he unhesitatingly testified, I m a devout Roman Catholic Tolkien married his childhood sweetheart, Edith, and they had four children He wrote them letters each year as if from Santa Claus, and a selection of these was published in 1976 asThe Father Christmas LettersOne of Tolkien s sons became a Catholic priest Tolkien was an advisor for the translation of theJerusalem BibleTolkien once described The Lord of the Rings to his friend Robert Murray, an English Jesuit priest, as a fundamentally religious and Catholic work, unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision There are many theological themes underlying the narrative including the battle of good versus evil, the triumph of humility over pride, and the activity of grace In addition the saga includes themes which incorporate death and immortality, mercy and pity, resurrection, salvation, repentance, self sacrifice, free will, justice, fellowship, authority and healing In addition The Lord s Prayer And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil was reportedly present in Tolkien s mind as he described Frodo s struggles against the power of the One Ring
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