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Tolkien on Fairy-Stories Paperback – August 14, 2014
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About the Author
VERLYN FLIEGERandDOUGLAS A. ANDERSONare both well-known Tolkien scholars, co-founders (with Michael Drout) of Tolkien Studies. Flieger's most recent books includeInterrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien's Mythology(2005) and theExtended Edition of Smith of Wootton Major(HarperCollins UK, 2005). Anderson's most recent books includeThe Annotated Hobbit(HarperCollins UK, 2003) and the anthologyTales before Tolkien: The Roots of Modern Fantasy(Ballantine US, 2003; mass market edition 2005).
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Cathy in Temecula, CA
I almost rated this four stars: the volume would certainly be that if used and clean. But clipped signatures mean that only glue on the edge of each page holds it in the book. I'm not a book collector, but a fairy tale and Tolkien scholar, and for a critical edition of "On Fairy Stories," I expect more. I expect a library-quality volume or nearly so: certainly one that will last through continual use: the thing isn't meant to look pretty on a shelf or for later resale at a much higher price: I mean to use it in my current and future research. When pages begin falling out of this one, I shall repurchase it as a paperback. Disappointing and/or disheartening quality of production, and needlessly so at that: which cost the book two stars in my rating.
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Even more interesting, and surely new to many, is the way the development of 'On Fairy-Stories' interleaves with that of 'The Lord of the Rings' itself. Two key ideas prove to have been added during a mid-War hiatus in the composition of the latter: the definitive concept of Fantasy with its all-important "inner consistency", and the "Elvish craft" of Enchantment. This aspect, above all, makes 'Tolkien on Fairy-stories' an essential resource in studying the ideas so magnificently embodied. The editors deserve our thanks for the very thorough and competent job they have done in making these materials available.