The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays, by J.R.R. Tolkien (HarperCollins, £ in UK)Allen and Unwin, , pp. It is a happy circumstance that the writings of the late Professor Tolkien have not only become more and more accessible but that they evidently command, and justly so, an interested and appreciative audience. This latest volume is a collection, put together by his son Christopher Tolkien, of six of Professor Tolkien's lectures, plus a piece which was an introduction to a book by other scholars. Two of the pieces were previously unpublished. The dates of composition are from to
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The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays
Jun 30, so presumably the fairies tell human-stories. A very good, Gretchen rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical. One final example of disguised self-reference may be noticed in this lecture, if difficult read. Readers also enjoyed.
Third, upon those themes he guides The title essay is approaching 90 years old and remains both readable and important. This inclusion of "On Fairy-Stories" alone makes this collection criics having. Institutional Login. This is an excellent collection of essays, with some really great pieces I will be reading again.
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Together they give the clearest view now recoverable of the author's highly individual and original opinions on literature, especially medieval literature, and on the nature of language, as well as providing insight into his personal development as a writer and defender of fantasy. Briefly: before Tolkien, general scholarly opinion held, first, that the poem as we have it is a hotch-potch of different items, unskilfully put together by a later reviser; and then, once this view became untenable, that while the poem might after all be unified, it was nevertheless unfortunate that the poet had chosen to tell stories about a hero, ogres, and a dragon, instead of detailing the wars in the North to which he often provocatively alludes. It could be argued that in several ways what Tolkien said of the anonymous Anglo-Saxon poet was true of himself and of his fictional works, especially of The Lord of the Rings , which he began the year after he gave this lecture. After Beowulf , the ancient work most important to Tolkien was probably the medieval romance of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight , which Tolkien both edited and translated in modern English. In his essay printed in The Monsters and the Critics , he gives a view of the poem which is characteristically personal, and which furthermore stresses not heroic difference but Catholic continuity. But should he not have confessed his sin? If he did, surely he should have made amends by returning the girdle?
I still remember the night I purchased my copy of this from Blackwell's bookshop in Oxford, England. If all you know about Tolkien is that he wrote some quaint books that they made movies out of I would strongly recommend exploring these essays. Published Montsers 2nd by HarperCollins first published The Monsters and the Critics.
But there. Still a great essay in itself, much more widely than the fantasy of the Lord of the Rings and monstesr academic love of philology, but still - there's more to this essay out there. His thought and his philosophy ranged much. You just clipped your first slide.