I have long ceased to invent (though even patronizing or sneering critics on the side praise my 'inventions'): I wait till I seem to know what really happened. Or till it writes itself. Thus, though I knew for years that Frodo would run into a tree-adventure somewhere far down the Great River, I had no recollection of inventing Ents. I came at last to the point, and wrote the 'Treebeard' chapter without any recollection of any previous thought: just as it is now. And then I saw that, of course, it had not happened to Frodo at all.
This new edition of letters has an extensive index, and Carpenter has included a brief blurb at the beginning of each letter to explain who the correspondent was and what was being discussed. Still, we strongly recommend buying the companion volume, J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography, in order to better understand the place these correspondents had in Tolkien's life and get a better context for the letters. --Perry M. Atterberry
I will be selling my other books about Tolkien, freeing up at least a full shelf on my bookcase.
It gives a fascinating insight into Tolkien's personal life, as well additional details of middle earth that are not in the books.
J.R.R. Tolkien's letters are a gold mine for the devoted fan of Middle-Earth, and provide many insights into his mind and work.
I'm a great fan of Professor Tolkien and the world & mythology of Middle Earth. I was looking forward to getting a more intimate look at the man through his letters. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Shawn O'laughlin
Basically, if you are interested enough in Tolkien to be reading this review, just go ahead and buy this book. You will not regret it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JKimball
An amazing look into the personal life and man who created the mythos of Middle Earth that we have today. J.R.R. Tolkien lived a life as impressive as his writing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shawn McKenzie
Mandatory for any fan of the Professor and his work. Provides a depth of experience as you read it, recognizing what he was working on and what was going on in the world while he... Read morePublished 1 month ago by elanorh
Do you want to understand J.R.R. Tolkien and his fantastic stories? I mean, really understand them? Then you must get this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kurt A. Johnson
These letters are a provide readers with a wonderful insight into the life and writings of a great author. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pint-sized Bookworm
In Tolkien's letters, he expounds on lots of interesting questions people sent him about Middle earth - Hobbit life, the missing wizards, the nature of elves & men, and much more. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Torrey Hoffman
Tolkien's most interesting letters are those from about 1938 to 1945, when his mind was in a deep ferment with "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Abbot of Acorn Abbey