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Tolkien Fantasy Tales Box Set (The Tolkien Reader/The Silmarillion/Unfinished Tales/Sir Gawain and the Green Knight) Mass Market Paperback – Box set, July 29, 2003

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Slp edition (July 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345466462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345466464
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 3.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.R.R. Tolkien (1892.1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but even as he studied these classics he was creating a set of his own.

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202 of 203 people found the following review helpful By Mike London on June 4, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This box set is the next logical step for those Tolkien readers looking to see where there is beyond THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE HOBBIT. I'll deal with the four works individually.
THE TOLKIEN READER: This book contain's Tolkien's shorter fiction and works, including a play and Leaf by Niggle. There are four works in total:
1. The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth, Beorhthelm's Son: a play dealing with two men after the Battle of Maldon. Interesting, and shows more of the scholarly side of Tolkien.
2. TREE AND LEAF: This is a book consisting of two things: his essay on faerie tales, and Leaf By Niggle. Tolkien's essay is now considered one of the main centerpieces of literature defending and validating fantasy and faerie tale (as if THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE HOBBIT weren't enough). Leaf By Niggle is a very deep work, and basically it deals with his despair of mortality and not being able to finish his mythology, his great work. However, in the end Tolkien shows his glorious hope.
3. FARMER GILES OF HAM: a mock medieval story. Everything that THE LORD OF THE RINGS represents, this story pokes fun at and parodies. Very funny story, and shows Tolkien's sense of humour. This was written originally for his children (as much of his stuff was).
4. THE ADVENTURES OF TOM BOMBADIL: This is a very misleading title. It is a collection of poetry, and only the first two poems have anything to do with Bombadil. The rest of the poetry deals with Middle-earth, or set therein. It is a nice selection of his verse.
Overall, a well put together anthology. However, it would have been better had it included SMITH OF WOOTTON MAJOR.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 25, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
J.R.R. Tolkien was the literary giant whose "Lord of the Rings" trilogy turned fantasy books from slightly odd literary blips into a full-blown genre. Not quite as well-known are his smaller fantasy tales, translations and the backdrop of Middle-Earth itself. Now his lesser-known (but still wonderful) books are released in a boxed set.
"The Tolkien Reader" is a mishmash of material both by and about Tolkien, including an essay by noted fantasy writer Peter Beagle, a short play, a story/reflection on writing and mortality, the hilarious comic fantasy "Farmer Giles of Ham," and a series of poems -- ranging from gloomy to cute to sad -- focusing on Tom Bombadil and Middle-Earth.
"The Silmarillion" is a the type of book that many authors have tried to emulate, but still stands unrivalled: The Bible of Middle-Earth. This is the history of the Elves and Middle-Earth, from Eru (God) creating the world and the races on it, through wars and disasters, until the events of "Lord of the Rings" itself, when the Elves finally leave Middle-Earth forever.
"Unfinished Tales" fills in a few of the mystery gaps in "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit." Want to know more about Gandalf, Bilbo, Galadriel, and other people in Middle-Earth? This collection of writings, organized by Tolkien's son, offers more insights into the world of Middle-Earth.
"Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" steps out of Tolkien's imagination, and into classic Arthurian fantasy. It's the story of Sir Gawain, and how after being challenged by a mysterious Green Knight, must forfeit his own head. Added on to it are Tolkien's translations of the beautiful poem "Pearl," and "Sir Orfeo," a tale rooted in the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice.
Tolkien's full writing range is put on display in these books.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John D. Cofield TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 12, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This box set contains four volumes which seem somewhat oddly assorted. The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales are compilations published after Tolkien's death by his son and literary executor Christopher Tolkien. They primarily deal with the early history of Middle earth. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is Tolkien's translation of a long medieval poem, while The Tolkien Reader is a compilation originally published in the 1960s including Tolkien's essay On Fairy Stories, his short stories Leaf By Niggle and Farmer Giles of Ham, and the poems which make up The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. Taken together, the volumes in this box set do reveal different aspects of Tolkien's writings.

While I hope that no one will ever be introduced to Tolkien's works with this box set, those who are already familiar with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings will appreciate these additional glimpses of Tolkien's creative abilities.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tolkienfan285 on March 7, 2011
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This is a nice boxed set that includes: The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and The Tolkien Reader.

The first two I mentioned are for those who really like The Lord of the Rings. However, if you are looking for something else that Tolkien wrote, the last two are good also.

These books are all very interesting and if you are a Tolkien fan, you will like these books.

The only negative things that I can say about this set is that the print is small in some cases and may be difficult to read at times because of this. Also the box was a little bent on one side when I recieved this set, but the books inside were in good condition. One where the box was bent was a little creased on the very edge, but not torn. I bought this set new.
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