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There Would Always Be a Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien by Verlyn Flieger (review)

There Would Always Be a Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien by Verlyn Flieger (review) Book Reviews into detail, bringing the reader once more, however briefly, into the sights, sounds, and experiences of Middle-earth. Christopher Tolkien writes, “It is as if we come to the brink of a great cliff and look down from the highlands raised to some later age onto an ancient plain far below.” I interpret these words to mean that his father, in old age, not only saw how the changes he’d made in tinkering with details to get the world right rang down to the earliest forms, but perhaps how long it would take to write it immersively. Alas, he was not granted Bilbo’s extra-long years, or his ring-inu fl enced energy. So many of th-e frag ments are written in high epic tone, summarizing events in e-ncyclo pedic brevity. All the facts are there, but for the reader seeking immersion, the life is missing. In short, what we have in this last book edited by Christop-her Tolk ien is a feast for the completist, a chapter of delights for those who have an audial ear echoing what J.R.R. Tolkien so loved in his n - orth ern studies—and for the reader who longs for immersion tantalizing but frustrating http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tolkien Studies West Virginia University Press

There Would Always Be a Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien by Verlyn Flieger (review)

Tolkien Studies , Volume 15 – Oct 27, 2018

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Book Reviews into detail, bringing the reader once more, however briefly, into the sights, sounds, and experiences of Middle-earth. Christopher Tolkien writes, “It is as if we come to the brink of a great cliff and look down from the highlands raised to some later age onto an ancient plain far below.” I interpret these words to mean that his father, in old age, not only saw how the changes he’d made in tinkering with details to get the world right rang down to the earliest forms, but perhaps how long it would take to write it immersively. Alas, he was not granted Bilbo’s extra-long years, or his ring-inu fl enced energy. So many of th-e frag ments are written in high epic tone, summarizing events in e-ncyclo pedic brevity. All the facts are there, but for the reader seeking immersion, the life is missing. In short, what we have in this last book edited by Christop-her Tolk ien is a feast for the completist, a chapter of delights for those who have an audial ear echoing what J.R.R. Tolkien so loved in his n - orth ern studies—and for the reader who longs for immersion tantalizing but frustrating

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Tolkien StudiesWest Virginia University Press

Published: Oct 27, 2018

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