The Monsters and the Critics


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Complete collection of Tolkien's essays, including two on Beowulf, which span three decades beginning six years before The Hobbit to five years after The Lord of the Rings. The seven `essays' by J.R.R. Tolkien assembled in this new paperback edition were with one exception delivered as general lectures on particular occasions; and while they mostly arose out of Tolkien's work in medieval literature, they are accessible to all. Two of them are concerned with Beowulf, including the well-known lecture whose title is ...

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Oct 20, 2011

On Fairy Stories

Tolkien's essay on fairy stories provides the most compelling argument for reading and writing fantasy that I've seen. If you are a Tolkien fan, consider downloading Corey Olsen's podcasts on the Simarillion and Lord of the Rings.

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