History Creator / JRRTolkien

26th Apr '17 12:06:14 AM ReturnedYetAgain
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** Inverted by ''Literature/TheHobbit'', where an invisible Bilbo still casts a faint shadow.
16th Apr '17 8:34:03 PM Golondrina
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** Fair Folk like traits do occur in some of the lesser known works, notably the Lingerers(elves who stayed on Earth and whose spirit burned up most of their body) and the Unbodied(ghosts of elves who refused to stand judgement before Mandos). The first are good but mysterious, and the second are dangerous and sometimes evil(including doing things like trying to steal the bodies of mortals so they can have their own.

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** Fair Folk like traits do occur in some of the lesser known works, notably the Lingerers(elves Lingerers (elves who stayed on Earth and whose spirit burned up most of their body) and the Unbodied(ghosts of elves who refused to stand judgement before Mandos). The first are good but mysterious, and the second are dangerous and sometimes evil(including doing things like trying to steal the bodies of mortals so they can have their own.
16th Apr '17 2:10:58 AM RoccondilRinon
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* ''Literature/BerenAndLuthien'' (2017)



His other works include several shorter tales (including several written for his children) and his academic writings, some published posthumously; among these works are.
* ''Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics'': This lecture redefined the importance of ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' as a poem, rather than "a relic of the past". Tolkien himself also translated the poem. This translation was released in May, 2014 with several notes on the text from his lectures along with "Sellic Spell", a sort of thought experiment by Tolkien to show what the original legend of Beowulf may have looked like without the historical elements.

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His other works include several shorter tales (including several written for his children) and his academic writings, some published posthumously; among posthumously. Among these works are.
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* ''Beowulf: "''Beowulf'': The Monsters and the Critics'': Critics": This lecture redefined the importance of ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' as a poem, rather than "a relic of the past". Tolkien himself also translated the poem. This translation was released in May, 2014 with several notes on the text from his lectures along with "Sellic Spell", ''Sellic Spell'', a sort of thought experiment by Tolkien to show what the original legend of Beowulf may have looked like without the historical elements.elements.
* "Literature/OnFairyStories": 1939 essay discussing fairy tales as a genre.
* "A Secret Vice": lecture and essay discussing the creation of languages for purely artistic purposes.



* ''Literature/LeafByNiggle''
* ''The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún'': Retelling of the Norse ''Literature/SagaOfTheVolsungs''.

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* ''Literature/LeafByNiggle''
''Literature/LeafByNiggle'': a haunting parable of his own creative process.
* ''The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún'': Retelling Unfinished retelling of the Norse ''Literature/SagaOfTheVolsungs''.



* "Literature/OnFairyStories": 1939 essay discussing fairy tales as a genre.




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* ''The Story of Kullervo'': A short story retelling the Finnish legend that was a major source of inspiration for ''The Children of Hurin''.
* ''The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun'': A poem about a childless lord and a treacherous fairy ("the Corrigan"), in the style of a Breton lay.
23rd Mar '17 1:53:41 AM fusilcontrafusil
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* NoPronunciationGuide: Not his invented names or languages but his ''surname'', which is pronounced "Tol-keen".
22nd Mar '17 5:46:40 PM Solicitr
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-->I regret that I am not clear as to what you intend by ''arisch''. I am not of ''Aryan'' extraction: that is Indo-Iranian; as far as I am aware none of my ancestors spoke Hindustani, Persian, Gypsy, or any related dialects. But if I am to understand that you are enquiring whether I am of ''Jewish'' origin, I can only reply that I regret that I appear to have ''no'' ancestors of that gifted people. [[{{Irony}} My great-great-grandfather came to England in the eighteenth century from Germany]]: the main part of my descent is therefore purely English, and I am an English subject which should be sufficient. I have been accustomed, nonetheless, to regard my German name with pride, and continued to do so throughout the period of the late regrettable war, in which I served in the English army.

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-->I regret that I am not clear as to what you intend by ''arisch''. I am not of ''Aryan'' extraction: that is Indo-Iranian; as far as I am aware none of my ancestors spoke Hindustani, Persian, Gypsy, or any related dialects. But if I am to understand that you are enquiring whether I am of ''Jewish'' origin, I can only reply that I regret that I appear to have ''no'' ancestors of that gifted people. [[{{Irony}} My great-great-grandfather came to England in the eighteenth century from Germany]]: the main part of my descent is therefore purely English, and I am an English subject which should be sufficient. I have been accustomed, nonetheless, to regard my German name with pride, and continued to do so throughout the period of the late regrettable war, in which I served in the English army. I cannot, however, forbear to comment that if impertinent and irrelevant inquiries of this son are to become the rule in matters of literature, then the time is not far distant when a German name will no longer be a source of pride.
6th Mar '17 8:17:58 AM BeerBaron
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* OrphanedEtymology: Being both a linguist and perfectionist, Tolkien worked hard to avoid using words that did not have a European root in his legendarium. Despite this, he still let a few of them slide when there was no reasonable alternative, such as "potato." (Potato comes from the Taino word "batata".)
3rd Feb '17 10:44:54 AM JDSVEN
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** He also famously wrote the opening lines for TheHobbit in an examination booklet while grading tests.
25th Jan '17 12:18:18 AM PaulA
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** Tolkien also sent a StronglyWordedLetter to Creator/AAMilne, complaining about the AdaptationDecay from ''TheWindInTheWillows'' in ''Toad of Toad Hall'' and saying that his children were appalled. Somewhat HilariousInHindsight as Tolkien fans are famously equally stringent about AdaptationDecay in Tolkien's own works.

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** Tolkien also sent a StronglyWordedLetter to Creator/AAMilne, complaining about the AdaptationDecay from ''TheWindInTheWillows'' ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'' in ''Toad of Toad Hall'' and saying that his children were appalled. Somewhat HilariousInHindsight as Tolkien fans are famously equally stringent about AdaptationDecay in Tolkien's own works.
18th Dec '16 5:09:48 PM Xtifr
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'''John Ronald [[OddNameOut Reuel]] Tolkien''' (1892-1973). English linguist (born in Bloemfontein, South Africa), university professor (Leeds and Oxford), Anglo-Saxon historian, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_British_Empire CBE]], and writer. The man who brought HighFantasy (and, it could be argued, literary SpeculativeFiction as a whole) to the modern public. His most famous complete works are his tales of "Middle-earth": ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and its prefatory novel, ''Literature/TheHobbit''. A later work, ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', was published in 1977, shortly after he died. In 2007, a fourth book about Middle-earth was edited from many manuscripts to form a consistent narrative, and published as ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin''.

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'''John John Ronald [[OddNameOut Reuel]] Tolkien''' Tolkien (1892-1973). English linguist (born in Bloemfontein, South Africa), university professor (Leeds and Oxford), Anglo-Saxon historian, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_British_Empire CBE]], and writer. The man who brought HighFantasy (and, it could be argued, literary SpeculativeFiction as a whole) to the modern public. His most famous complete works are his tales of "Middle-earth": ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and its prefatory novel, ''Literature/TheHobbit''. A later work, ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', was published in 1977, shortly after he died. In 2007, a fourth book about Middle-earth was edited from many manuscripts to form a consistent narrative, and published as ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin''.
2nd Dec '16 11:35:12 AM N1KF
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He was a friend of fellow academic and writer Creator/CSLewis. At Oxford, Tolkien, Lewis, Creator/CharlesWilliams and others formed an clique called TheInklings; they would meet at pubs and discuss their writings with each other.

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He was a friend of fellow academic and writer Creator/CSLewis. At Oxford, Tolkien, Lewis, Creator/CharlesWilliams and others formed an clique called TheInklings; UsefulNotes/TheInklings; they would meet at pubs and discuss their writings with each other.
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