Tree and Leaf: Including MYTHOPOEIA by J. R. R. TolkienTree and Leaf: Including MYTHOPOEIA by J. R. R. Tolkien

Tree and Leaf: Including MYTHOPOEIA

byJ. R. R. Tolkien

Paperback | February 26, 2001

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Repackaged to feature Tolkien's own painting of the Tree of Amalion, this collection includes his famous essay, 'On Fairy-stories' and the story that exemplifies this, 'Leaf by Niggle', together with the poem 'Mythopoeia' and the verse drama, 'The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth', which tells of the events following the disastrous Battle of Maldon.Fairy-stories are not just for children, as anyone who has read Tolkien will know. In his essay On Fairy-Stories, Tolkien discusses the nature of fairy-tales and fantasy and rescues the genre from those who would relegate it to juvenilia. The haunting short story, Leaf by Niggle, recounts the story of the artist, Niggle, who has 'a long journey to make' and is seen as an allegory of Tolkien's life.The poem Mythopoeia relates an argument between two unforgettable characters as they discuss the making of myths. Lastly, and published for the very first time, we are treated to the translation of Tolkien's account of the Battle of Maldon, known as The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth.Tree and Leaf is an eclectic, amusing, provocative and entertaining collection of works which reveals the diversity of J.R.R. Tolkien's imagination, the depth of his knowledge of English history, and the breadth of his talent as a creator of fantastic fiction.
J R R Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 40 languages and have sold many millions of copies world wide.
Title:Tree and Leaf: Including MYTHOPOEIAFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pagesPublished:February 26, 2001Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful! Tree and Leaf includes 5 of Tolkien's works: On Fairy-Stories, Mythopoeia, Leaf by Niggle, The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth, Beorhthelm’s Son. Tolkien on Fairy Stories is a fantastic essay I have read a number of times throughout my university career and used on numerous occasions in academic literary analysis papers. Tolkien writes a compelling defence of fantasy, or "fairy stories" in this essay. Any lover of Tolkien or the fantasy genre in general should give this essay a read. Mythopoeia - meaning lover of myths, is a poem in response to the idea that myths are "lies breathed through silver." Tolkien in expertly executed verse discusses the idea that there is more to myths than silver lies. Tolkien, being a Christian, believes that Christianity is a true myth and contrasts the scientific explanation for trees and stars with the creationists view of God breathing life. Leaf by Niggle is a short story, thought to be an allegory for Tolkien's worry of dying before finishing The Lord of the Rings. I first read Leaf by Niggle in a first year university english class and was instantly charmed. My first university level essay was on this story. The story centres on Niggle, a grumpy artist who is attempting to paint a tree. He spends such time and care on each leaf, but does not prepare for the journey he is soon needing to take and complains about having to help his neighbour Parish. When he is forced to take the journey, he is unprepared. It is assumed that the journey is death, and that Niggle must work through stages of purgatory before getting to heaven. I won't say much more - I'd hate to spoil it. Truely an adorable little story. The stories on Beorhtnoth that finish off the book were not my favourite to be honest. It's written like a script complete with basic stage directions. I only read through these last two chapters once, a number of years ago. I don't remember why exactly I wasn't a fan, but I guess I'll have to reread them and update this review. Tree and Leaf is as whole an amazing book. If you are unfamiliar with Tolkien it can be a bit tricky to figure out his writing style, but don't let that deter you!
Date published: 2018-12-15

Editorial Reviews

'A haunting and successful demonstration of the qualities of faerie'New York Times'The book must be read. it goes far to explain the nature of his art and justify his success'The Cambridge Review'While springing from deep-rooted convictions, his art has imaginative magic of a very rare quality'Birmingham Post