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  • Tolkien rare book shop for rare, signed Tolkien books and letters
    Tolkien books Tolkien Library Store Rare Tolkien Items Tolkien books signed by JRR Tolkien Books from Tolkien s personal library Proof copies Advance Reading Copies Tolkien letters and cards Rare Tolkien Photographs Rare Tolkien Ephemera Original artist sketches in Tolkien books Tolkien owned furniture and features See the Rare Tolkien books which have been sold The Tolkien Library Store always has a large amount of rare and collectible Tolkien books up for sale The books in the Tolkien Library Store always have a high collectible value and are of the finest on the market Tolkien books available include both the UK and US editions original cloth bindings custom fine bindings and Signed Numbered Limited Editions Rare Tolkien items are also available including books and letters signed by Tolkien proof copies and books from Tolkiens personal library Not all items are on display here so please do not hesitate to make requests about Tolkien books you are trying to find Whatever you are looking to buy or sell we will always try to help Please choose the category of books you are interested in Original cloth bindings Custom Cloth bindings Signed Numbered Limited editions Rare Tolkien items Tolkien art and sketches

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  • J.R.R. Tolkien book store - Other Tolkien books and collectables
    TOLKIEN J R R Tolkien Diary 1992 ISBN 0261102281 25 00 The annual Tolkien diary issued in the centenary year with tolkien s own illustations Enquire about this book THOR018 TOLKIEN J R R Tolkien Diary 1999 Illustrated By Alan Lee ISBN 0261103741 Harper Collins 1998 15 00 An immaculate unmarked unused copy Enquire about this book THOR019 Nasmith Ted Tolkien Diary 2003 Harper Collins 2002 18 00 The annual Tolkien diary containing all new artwork depicting scenes based on the second book of JRR Tolkien The Lord of the Rings Enquire about this book THOR020 Tolkien J R R The Lord of the Rings Diary 2007 Illustrated By Alan Lee ISBN 0007225644 Harper Collins 2006 25 00 A immaculate unmarked copy glossy hardback Enquire about this book 000979 The Ruins of Osgiliath Signed Limited Numbered Edition 2 of 100 Full Leather Custom Clamshell Case 2500 00 This very scarce book is a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire this very rare and elusive title Enquire about this book CLP0124 Ruins of Osgiliath the Ivory Edition GBP 550 This copy is numbered 95 of 100 and has unique touches in gilt by the illustrator Absolutely beautiful Signed by Editor Illustrator Enquire about this book CLP0098 The Children of Hurin UK Deluxe Edition With Full Page Drawing by Alan Lee Signed 1600 Alan Lee is the world famous Tolkien illustrator who earned an Oscar for his work as a conceptual designer on Peter Jackson s film trilogy of The Lord of the Rings and the chance to acquire an original illustration by him is rare Enquire about this book RS000001 Linguaphone Conversational Course English 600 The oldest recording of Tolkien made J R R Tolkien speaks at the twentieth lesson At the Tobacconist s and the thirtieth Lesson Wireless Enquire

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  • Tolkien Calendar 2016: Illustrated by Tove Janssons
    Dwarves The calendar is introduced by Tolkien expert and author Brian Sibley who corresponded with the artist and provides insightful commentary regarding the genesis of the illustrations and Jansson s tireless work continuing to build the world of The Moomins The Official Tolkien Calendar has been an established publishing event for Tolkien fans and Hobbit collectors for the last four decades and the 2016 edition will continue to delight and surprise Jansson is best known as the author of the Moomin books for children The first such book The Moomins and the Great Flood appeared in 1945 though it was the next two books Comet in Moominland and Finn Family Moomintroll published in 1946 and 1948 respectively that brought her fame It was because of these books that she was asked to also illustrate The Hobbit Morgan Thomsen writes that when the Swedish publishing house Rabén Sjögren was planning for a new translation of The Hobbit the publisher wrote to Tove Jansson in November 1960 When reading the book one can clearly see the illustrations made by Tove Jansson it is evident that this will be the children s book of the century which will continue to live a long time after we are dead and buried Jansson who had illustrated a translation of Lewis Carroll s The Hunting of the Snark 1959 saw in Tolkien a large challenge and she accepted the commission within a week Jansson then invented a new method for drawing the illustrations for The Hobbit as she tried to get away from her famous Moomin style Concerning the approach of illustrating The Hobbit Jansson wrote to her life partner Tuulikki Pietilä just after accepting the commission The figures are banal dwarves gnomes fairies dark elves But the scenery is luring in its macabre cruelty Haunted

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  • JRR Tolkien books news, reviews and publications in 2013
    The Wobbit A Parody a new book by The Harvard Lampoon Read article Sunday 10 November 2013 Riddles by a JRR Tolkien Fan now available as paperback Pam Jones is a full time writer and poet She was inspired by JRR Tolkien s fantastic works The Hobbit initially and then more recently by Peter Jackson s first part of three films Therefore she wrote a range of 40 riddles inspired and based on the theme of J R R Tolkien s The Hobbit and called the book that holds them Riddles by a JRR Tolkien Fan Read article Monday 4 November 2013 The Space Trilogy 75th anniversary edition with foreword by J R R Tolkien HarperCollins has just released a striking one volume edition to mark the 75th anniversary of Lewis s classic SF trilogy This special edition includes an exclusive foreword compiled from letters by J R R Tolkien who inspired Lewis to write the first volume Read article Thursday 31 October 2013 Middle earth Envisioned The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings On Screen On Stage and Beyond Middle earth Envisioned The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings On Screen On Stage and Beyond is written by Paul Simpson and Brian J Robb and published by Race Point Publishing This books explores the artistic legacy of Tolkien s world It is the very first book to include the never before published lost art of Mary Fairburn Read article Monday 28 October 2013 Delve into Tolkien s Middle earth with this special collector s hardback boxed set Harper Collins has just released a very good looking special collector s hardback boxed set Presented in sumptuous new cover designs it includes The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings It is now available for all fans Read article Tuesday 15 October 2013 Unfinished Tales by J R R Tolkien will be released as a Deluxe Slipcase Edition The Deluxe collector s edition of Unfinished Tales features the definitive edition text and includes a full colour facsimile of Tolkien s painting Glorund Sets Forth to Seek Turin and a Numenorean helmet design by J R R Tolkien stamped on book and matching slipcase Read article Saturday 5 October 2013 Tolkien the Forest and the City Despite the association of J R R Tolkien with the natural world Middle earth as landscape and built environment has been relatively neglected Tolkien the forest and the city presents new work by some of the finest scholars in Tolkien studies as well as research from a number of emerging scholars addressing this neglect Read article Wednesday 25 September 2013 The Unofficial Middle earth Monster s Guide Hunt Hobbits Hoard Treasure and Embrace Your Villainous Nature The Unofficial Middle earth Monster s Guide offers tongue in cheek life lessons inspired by the evil things that lurk in Middle earth and is the only comendium of evil you ll ever need to conquer all of life s challenges Read article Tuesday 24 September 2013 The

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  • original art by Cor Blok paintings for The Lord of the Rings
    art to accompany The Lord of the Rings created by Cor Blok Enquire about this item Cor Blok 27 Sign of the Hand Isengard by Cor Blok 2 500 Original art to accompany The Lord of the Rings created by Cor Blok in 1960 Enquire about this item Cor Blok 36 The King of the Nazgûl by Cor Blok 2 500 Original art to accompany The Lord of the Rings created by Cor Blok in 1962 Enquire about this item Cor Blok 38 Black Rider at the Ferry by Cor Blok reproduction 100 Reproduction of art to accompany The Lord of the Rings created by Cor Blok Enquire about this item Cor Blok 40 The Shire view of Bywater by Cor Blok reproduction 100 Reproduction of art to accompany The Lord of the Rings created by Cor Blok Enquire about this item Cor Blok 41 The Cow jumped over the Moon by Cor Blok reproduction 100 Reproduction of art to accompany The Lord of the Rings created by Cor Blok Enquire about this item Cor Blok 42 The Ford of Bruinen by Cor Blok reproduction 100 Reproduction of art to accompany The Lord of the Rings created by Cor Blok Enquire about this item Cor Blok 44 The Company Ascent of Caradhras by Cor Blok reproduction 100 Reproduction of art to accompany The Lord of the Rings created by Cor Blok Enquire about this item Cor Blok 48 The Ents marching on Isengard by Cor Blok reproduction 100 Reproduction of art to accompany The Lord of the Rings created by Cor Blok Enquire about this item Cor Blok 49 Gandalf relates his adventures by Cor Blok reproduction 100 Reproduction of art to accompany The Lord of the Rings created by Cor Blok Enquire about this item Cor Blok 53 The

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  • The Amateur Lord of the Rings
    in common with the Hundred Years War than The Lord of the Rings There are people who say that they love the book but there are those who say it has changed our lives What is it about the book and its writer that pierces and reaches so many Despite being a professional philologist academic and administrator I think it was because Tolkien was an amateur writer he was not writing for money he was not hacking around in Grub St to pay the rent Unlike the professional writers of his time or those who worked in the modish literature business like T S Eliot Ezra Pound or Virginia Woolf he could let the need to be seen and to be seen to be contemporary or relevant pass him by So he could write what he liked and about what he wanted And like a train spotter or manic gardener devoted to their fancies he just sat down and wrestled with the themes that dominated his mind and I think we can say these were death and loss and the passing of a more perfect time or Age Without a more comprehensive and deeper biography than the current Carpenter opus Allen and Unwin 1977 it is easy to spot the seeds of these themes the loss of his parents the loss of his friends and so many acquaintances in the First World War He once said in an interview that returning to the army going to France a very likely death and leaving his new bride behind was indeed like a death And we can picture John Ronald in the railway carriage looking out of the window and feeling this wondering if he would ever see his wife again I wonder if the memory of this stayed with him all his life And from this trauma came the great works Because he had no pretentions to being a professional writer but that is not to say he had no idea of his own considerable powers he wrote like a sort of literary everyman and these themes that touched him and moulded the great scenes in the Lord of the Rings themes that rise from the narrative touch us because we wonder what we would do in such situations could we be Frodo Or Sam How would we face life in the trenches or the implacable walls of Mordor And there is terror and fear in The Lord of The Rings and at times a sense of hopelessness in the Quest Were these feelings held by a frightened young second lieutenant all through the Battle of the Somme It is significant that the first story he wrote after being whisked out of the Somme by fortune was a work of imaginative literature as Christopher Tolkien would later put it and so often have writers resorted to works of imagination to deal with inexpressible horror or danger faced in reality This was the Fall of Gondolin a Tolkienian re working of the

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  • Latest Tolkien Articles, Essays and Research
    sequel to his April 1 article Read article Tuesday 1 April 2014 In praise of Peter Jackson s Hobbit Friends elves and hobbits lend him your ears For with The Desolation of Smaug soon out on DVD Simon J Cook comes to praise Peter Jackson s interpretation of The Hobbit not to bury it Read article Wednesday 26 March 2014 7 Things Tolkien Said About Life 7 Things Tolkien Said About Life J R R Tolkien wrote many books including the Middle earth stories The Lord of the Rings like many stories of an epic journey brings us lessons we can apply to our life No matter how surreal his epic stories are the pieces of wisdom reflected in them mirror that of the wisdom we must gain to champion our life here on earth Read article Wednesday 29 January 2014 Continuing the Tolkien Legacy In writing The Lord of the Rings J R R Tolkien set himself up for a massive fan base The fantasy world he created in his books is amazing interesting and the story has gathered thousands of diehard fans around the world At this point the story had a loyal following but it was nowhere near as widespread as it is today Read article Wednesday 8 January 2014 Essay Topics and Study Questions on The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien This article by Robert Morris will help students tackle the challenge of reviewing The Hobbit by suggesting essay topics and providing guidance on the most common study questions associated to this book Read article Thursday 2 January 2014 7 Delightful Tolkien Letters The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are not the only Tolkien gems we can get our hands on I have to say that his letters are equally entertaining If you want to know more about the beloved writer his personal letters published in The Letters of J R R Tolkien will help you gain such insight Read article Sunday 8 December 2013 On the Origin of Hobbits J R R Tolkien s ideas of descent Simon J Cook continues his search for hobbits This essay situates Tolkien s ideas of language race and British history in relation to those of the Celtic scholar John Rhys thereby generating a precise statement of the relationship between Rhys s account of the aboriginal inhabitants of the British Isles hobbits and some Big People Read article Sunday 1 December 2013 Perfect Christmas gifts for Tolkien and The Hobbit fans I can imagine many of the fans and especially friends and family of these The Hobbit and Tolkien fans are now looking for a gift So let us have a look and see what is available This year we saw a lot of The Hobbit related books being released and some can be called the perfect Christmas gift for any Tolkien fan Read article Sunday 24 November 2013 The Hobbit A Classroom Guide The creative and scholarly masterpiece The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien has been discussed in classroom since the release for most educational institutions believe that through examining this epic fantasy work students can effectively understand different concepts of writing Read article Friday 22 November 2013 Tolkien books how children grew up reading this classic With classics which were written keeping the kids thinking and imagination in mind has always been something like the Tolkien books which not only captured the attention of the teenagers but also any person who wanted to get lost in the creation which would have come just out of sheer imagination Read article Sunday 17 November 2013 The Lord of the Rings The Book s Influence After 60 years With the book telling a magical story of endless adventures and whimsical creatures J R R Tolkien not only came up with a fantasy filled story for all ages to enjoy but also sparked the interest in the fantasy genre itself The book has influenced many aspects of our lives from books to movies music games and more Read article Thursday 7 November 2013 The Road to the Misty Mountains and beyond Alpenwild tour In the footsteps of Tolkien Alex Lewis tells us the tale of a tour he undertook similar to J R R Tolkien s 1911 visit to Switzerland He took the tour as Tolkien expert and now shares with us his story Follow Alex Lewis in the footsteps of Tolkien Read article Monday 21 October 2013 Tolkien The Man of Infinite Influences If someone had to ask you to think of the world focusing on how it would be different if certain key people never existed that would be a rather difficult task to achieve Can we imagine the differences we d have if people like Leonardo da Vinci or Tolkien were never around to share their brilliant minds with us Read article Sunday 20 October 2013 Rise in interest into J R R Tolkien confirmed with Google Books Ngram Viewer Thanks to a tip from Simon Cook we can look into another data set that is much bigger in time then Google Trends Google Books Ngram Viewer displays a graph that confirms that The Lord of the Rings is much bigger compared to The Hobbit and shows us much better that interest into Tolkien is indeed rising again Read article Wednesday 16 October 2013 J R R Tolkien interest slowly rising again according to Google Trends Around the year 2000 several polls consistently declared that J R R Tolkien was the most influential author of the century and The Lord of the Rings even the book of the century Let us look in Google Trends an see how J R R Tolkien scores today Read article Wednesday 4 September 2013 A passport to Faery James Dunning takes us on a trip to Faery but maybe not the syrupy realm you would expect Both The Hobbit and Tolkien s poem The Sea Bell show us the raw aspect of Faery Smith of Wootton Major certainly is a parable a fable that via its applicability to how the Universe works points the way into panoramas higher or deeper Read article Monday 26 August 2013 Concerning Hobbits Welsh Fairies in Oxford The origin of hobbits has never been satisfactorily explained Searching for the Red Book of Westmarch on a Welsh border hillside Simon J Cook discovers hobbits behind the explanation of Welsh fairy stories developed by the great Oxford Celtic scholar John Rhys Read article Tuesday 11 June 2013 If the name fits names in J R R Tolkien s fiction New research by author Christopher L Robinson a professor of English at HEC Paris examines what makes the personal and place names of Tolkien s Middle Earth so fitting The nomenclature within Tolkien s novels is very carefully done taking into consideration attributes such as etymology symbolism and onomatopoeia Read article Tuesday 4 June 2013 Where Do Tolkien Fans Go to College How does the modern Tolkien fan choose a major and a college that will help a large obsession with fiction become a career Read article Wednesday 20 March 2013 On The Fall of Arthur Pre Publication Speculation By a Longtime Student Soon we will see the publication of a version of JRR Tolkien s poem The Fall of Arthur Ruth Lacon has been studying the topic of Arthur for over 10 years and now brings some of the possibilities with regard to The Fall of Arthur and is even willing to risk making a few predictions Read article Sunday 20 January 2013 The Jackson Quibble Is the new Hobbit flick harming the greater good Let s be honest from the off the new Hobbit movie is disappointing at best That s not in dispute with the majority of people both hardcore fans and general moviegoers alike But what s open to debate is how it affects the entire Tolkien heritage Read article Thursday 10 January 2013 Featured question I want to learn more about Tolkien What books about Tolkien should I read One of the questions I received this week was from a friend called Dale Spindler who has become increasingly interested in reading a biography of Tolkien and was hoping I could give him a recomendation Here follows a lists of books on Tolkien that I like and highly recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about Tolkien Read article Sunday 6 January 2013 An Appeal for Help Locating Some Cor Blok Paintings Some of the paintings by Cor Blok were sold without any images of them being kept and hence they don t feature in A Tolkien Tapestry Surely with such a wide readership of enthusiastic fans many of whom collect Tolkien related art and know others who do we could come up with information about at least a few Read article Saturday 5 January 2013 Tolkien translations Tolkien in Bengali In 2011 The Hobbit was finally published in Bengali The Fellowship of the Ring followed in 2012 and received an illustrated edition The following article by Suravi Chatterjee Woolman tells us al about Bengalis and the translation of Tolkien s works into Bengali Read article Thursday 3 January 2013 Birthday gifts for hobbit and Tolkien fans Today we celebrate the Twelfty First Birthday of the creator of The Hobbit J R R Tolkien I thought it was a nice idea to look at some nice Hobbit editions that would make great birthday gifts Of course any nice limited edition or older printing would be a nice gift but I wish to look at some more recent and lovely Hobbits that are not that expensive Read article Monday 31 December 2012 Sixteen Philological Books and Notes from the Library of J R R Tolkien Cushing Memorial Library and Archives at Texas AM University houses a J R R Tolkien collection consisting of sixteen of his philological books in German two full pages and four fragments of notes and two letters Here is an article that tells all about these books Read article Sunday 30 December 2012 Andrew Morton takes us to the real Bag End We have all come to known Bag End as the home of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins and the beginning of many adventures Not many are aware that Bag End was a name Tolkien borrowed from a real place called Bag End a farm at Dormston in England So I am very pleased to be able to bring an essay on Bag End by Andrew Morton the person who knows more about the place then anyone else Read article Monday 30 october 2012 The Friendship of C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien Two of the world s most beloved authors are C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien Both of these legendary English writers wrote about magical lands not too different from our own Lewis preferred that friends like Tolkien call him Jack Tolkien preferred to be called Tollers Read article Wednesday 5 september 2012 Fifteen places named after J R R Tolkien to honour the author J R R Tolkien has inspired so many and it is logic that all over the globe people many locations items pets children species and even entire genera have been named after elements of J R R Tolkien s legendarium But some Tolkien fans have gone so far to honour the author by naming locations to the author himself Read article Friday 31 august 2012 Tolkien Library Guest Post Guidelines Since there are many Tolkien fans and Middle earth lovers who are also vivid writers and do have a desire to write about their passion I get many emails from Tolkien friends who want to know if I accept guest posts and articles by guest bloggers on Tolkienlibrary com and if that is the case what are the guidelines The answer to the first question is Yes I do accept guest posts Read article Wednesday 29 august 2012 Fifteen Places Tolkien Fans should Visit before they Die What better way to find out than to visit the places where Tolkien lived grew up and worked Many of these places inspired his creation of Middle earth and for any Tolkien fan there are fifteen places you must see if you want to try to understand the mind of the true master of high fantasy Read article Monday 20 august 2012 Lord of the Rings Costumes Celebrate Tolkien for Halloween As Halloween approaches just like it does each year those of us that love to dress up for Halloween for either trick or treating or for seasonal parties will probably have the same quandary at the tail end of the summer just like last year and the year before that Here s a solution that as a fan of The Lord of the Rings you ll probably appreciate Read article Saturday 14 January 2012 To Illustrate or Not to Illustrate That is the Question an essay by Ruth Lacon Why should there be any question about whether or not it is right to produce visual images inspired by the writings of Tolkien Well the short answer is that J R R Tolkien himself said that he did not want his books to be illustrated but at the same time he allowed several of them to be published with illustrations by himself and by other people Read article Saturday 24 September 2011 Famous Tolkien and Lord of the Rings fans Many celebrities do love books or movies and while most of the time we don t know for sure there are many famous Tolkien fans out there Here is a list of famous Tolkien fans and celebrities who like The Lord of the Rings Read article Thursday 22 September 2011 Party Like a Hobbit Today is 22 September and so it is Hobbit Day We all love Tolkien and his worlds so why not host a party at your home or office to celebrate his most beloved of characters the Hobbits Here are 5 Tips for Hosting a Proper Hobbit Party Read article Tuesday 4 January 2011 A Parents Guide To Tolkien The masterful trilogy that is the Lord of the Rings saga is hardly the ultimate fantasy work but for parents looking to introduce their children into this magnificent fantasy realm the reading material may seem too advanced for a child How is it possible to find a means of making a child interested in such a large book Especially in modern times children are reading less and less Read article Thursday 12 August 2010 Books about Tolkien Tolkien reading order Some prefer to read Tolkiens books in the order they were published and others want to read the books in chronological order This is a very difficult quest and I believe it is very hard to enjoy it since you ll have to jump from the one book to the other constantly Here I will tell you my personal preferred reading order which is not based on any logic except maybe from my own taste Read article Wednesday 14 July 2010 Books about Tolkien Tolkien biographies It is no surprise that there are many people who want to find out more about the man behind The Hobbit The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion In the decades since his death in September 1973 millions have read his books and many have become fascinated about the very private man the creator behind these books Here we have a look at some Tolkien biographies some good some better Read article Thursday 18 June 2009 Tolkien Biography Philologist author mythmaker and creator of Middle Earth a biography of J R R Tolkien probably one of the first articles I wrote and later published in The Art of Ruth Lacon It gives an overview of Tolkien from the early years up to Tolkiens legacy Read article Sunday 21 September 2008 70 Years The Hobbit collecting Part 1 Ephemera On September 21 2007 the UK The Hobbit turned 70 and this year on March 1 2008 we celebrated 70 years of the US edition of the Hobbit It is a good occasion to look back at 70 years of Tolkien collecting and The Hobbit collectables and ephemera since most Tolkien collectors all started by reading and buying a copy of The Hobbit Ill create here a series of articles on The Hobbit collecting and will try and touch some of the less commonâ Read article Friday 30 November 2007 Christmas Gift Ideas for Lord of the Rings and Tolkien lovers PART II Christmas shopping is something we all need to do but how can you find an original gift This year Im going to make some nice suggestions by creating two lists which will help you find a perfect gift for any Tolkien and Lord of the Rings lover or collector Part II covers all nice Tolkien collectables books which make perfect Christmas gifts Read article Friday 30 November 2007 Christmas Gift Ideas for Lord of the Rings and Tolkien lovers PART I Christmas shopping is something we all need to do but how can you find an original gift This year Im going to make some nice suggestions by creating two lists which will help you find a perfect gift for any Tolkien and Lord of the Rings lover or collector Part I covers all items related to The Children of Hurin the new book by J R R Tolkien and worldwide bestseller Read article Sunday 25 November 2007 Lot of correspondence between J R R Tolkien and Timothy J Wheeler for sale at Tolkien Library Store I am very proud to be able to offer up for sale a lot of correspondence between J R R Tolkien and Timothy J Wheeler This lot includes two letters by J R R Tolkien to T J Wheeler a letter by Tolkiens assistant and the rare article by Jared Lobdell from the August 1966 issue of Rally In this lot is also the

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  • J.R.R. Tolkien a writer of note
    Moreover a great book can enjoy even greater success after the same This can be illustrated by J K Rowling s books the Harry Potter Series which flew off the shelves after each film adaptation release It is a sign of true success for any writer when students read their book and write essays on it not because it is in the curriculum but because they enjoy doing it These essays help the said writers get through writer s block which never happened to J R R and also in writing and making future editions or reissues J R R also wrote other books which might not be as well known such as Bilbo s last song Letters from Father Christmas and The Monsters the critics and other essays The Silmarillion The Silmarillion is a book that most students prefer and enjoy It is an anthology of tales which detail the adventures of hobbits and the elves It talks of wars so furious and romances so fierce that one believes in the existence of the Silmarils the land the cosmic beings are fighting to control Like most Tolkien books it is set on the fantasy stage of Middle earth Its time setting is earlier than that of The Lord of the Rings It was however published posthumously in 1977 by Tolkien s son Christopher four years after Tolkien senior s death in 1973 The books most famous story is the song of Luthien and Beren John wrote this song for his wife Edith after watching her dance in a field of flowering hemlocks It is a beautiful tragic story of an elf maiden who gave her love to Beren a mortal man The story is even more resonant as John s death was two years after his wife s Many

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