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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien | J.R.R. Tolkien
This collection will entertain all who appreciate the art of masterful letter writing. The Letters of J.R.R Tolkien sheds much light on Tolkien's creative genius and grand design for the creation of a whole new world: Middle-earth. Featuring a radically expanded index, this volume provides a valuable research tool for all fans wishing to trace the evolution of THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS.
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I‘ve reached my January goal of reading through letter 150 of The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, and this fulfills my #BookSpin square 8 for January.

I tend to always be a bit amused when Tolkien writes about American publishers in his letters. He never seems to have a very good opinion of them. This quote is from letter 145 to Rayner Unwin.

#TolkiensLetters #FellowshipOfTolkien

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Wonder what the appalling jacket cover looked like? 👀 7d
BookwormAHN I think he should have been more upset with the 3rd one that make Bilbo look like the ring master in a circus. Thanks @thegirlwiththelibrarybag 😸 6d
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag @BookwormAHN, what a brilliant description of how that cover looks 😂 it‘s definitely the worst cover 6d
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! And @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I can see why he wasn't satisfied with the cover, oh my gosh 😂 6d
Daisey @thegirlwiththelibrarybag @BookwormAHN It really is interesting to see the variety. I agree some of the others are much worse than the first American edition. Personally, I think the worst I‘ve seen in relation to the stories are the cover art by Barbara Remington. 6d
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I‘m slowly continuing to read Tolkien‘s letters every few days. I feel I‘ve seen this letter answering an early reader‘s questions quoted before, but I think it‘s helpful to remember again that some aspects readers often question are meant to be that way. Certain things are there because he wanted to delve into them and others are missing because he didn‘t want them fully explained.

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LitStephanie How fascinating for fans of those books to see the thought process behind them. That is a rare opportunity. 2w
Graywacke How cool! 2w
Daisey @LitStephanie @Graywacke It really is a fascinating and unique reading experience. I can‘t even imagine how cool to have received a letter like this from the author directly. 2w
JazzFeathers @Daisey l'm some 60 letters behind you 😂 But l should be able to control my reading time better from now on, so l hope I'll be able to make some process toward catching up with you 😜 now
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It‘s just before 9:00pm in my part of the world, so I‘m continuing my Tolkien reading with Letter 131 and a hard cider for the Toast to the Professor. This is a very long letter which is meant to be a “brief sketch” of the main events of the first through third ages explaining how The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings should be published together. It‘s long but also fascinating to see his summary.

#TolkiensLetters #FellowshipOfTolkien

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Ta-daaaa!!!!
Here it is! 😊

I Swift reread through the letters to Christopher to take down quotes for my Instagram feed. I really really love these letters 💙

@Daisey @wordslinger42 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BookwormAHN

BookwormAHN Thank you 😺 4w
Daisey Well . . . I‘m ahead. I started the very long Letter 131 last night. I may go ahead and keep reading now but slow down more in February/March as that is a very busy time for me at school with coaching responsibilities. 4w
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My last completed book of the year was this great nonfiction listen, The Five.

My carryover book from 2021 to 2022 is The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. I may very well read another letter in the morning. #FellowshipOfTolkien #TolkiensLetters

The first new read I plan to start tomorrow is A Month in the Country.

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tpixie The Five sounds great. I recently bought other letters 4w
Daisey @tpixie The Letters from Father Christmas are great! They‘re fun and yet also reflective of the time at which he wrote them. 4w
bthegood @tpixie @Daisey I also enjoyed The Five - it was very informative/interesting, Happy New Year and make a great day - 🙂 4w
Daisey @bthegood It really was so informative! Wishing you a happy new year as well!! 4w
tpixie @bthegood I will need to add The Five to my ever growing TBR list! 4w
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I realized it‘s been almost a month since I‘ve posted any of my Tolkien reading. I‘ve been reading letters here & there, but I haven‘t been sticking to anything like daily reading. So, this morning I settled down for breakfast & a few more pages. The letters are a mix of writing to various people, including this postcard in runes. I continue to be fascinated by this very personal look into Tolkien‘s life, especially his letters to Christopher.

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So many times, reading these letters addressed to Christopher away at war, l've heard echoes of things l read in The Lord of the Rings.

BookwormAHN I know and yet Tolkien's always sworn it wasn't related. 2mo
JazzFeathers @BookwormAHN Isn't the relation between an author and their artwork always so complex? 2mo
BookwormAHN It is, especially when one hates allegories as much as Tolkien does. 2mo
JazzFeathers @BookwormAHN But then, I think it is also part of that conversation with Christopher. What they talk about in the letters filter into the story, and what reflections the story suggest then ooze into the letters. Part of the reason why The Lord of the Rings was written for Christopher. 2mo
BookwormAHN True and his own experiences also filter in. 2mo
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"This book has come to be more and more addressed to you and so your opinion matters more than anyone else's".

I remember Christopher saying a couple of times in HoME that his father wrote The Lord of the Rings for him.
In this light, that of a conversation between father and son about war, the book takes up even a deeper meaning in my opinion.

Daisey I don't think those comments ever really truly sank in for me until I read these letters. It's so clear in these personal writings. (edited) 1mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey It stuck me when Christopher mentioned it because of the implications, but I always wondered whether it was only his impression. Apparently, it wasn't. 4w
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From letter 77 to Christopher

This seems to express a lot about Tolkien‘s writing and view of life in one short and simple line.

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JazzFeathers And so very relevant to today too, I think. 2mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers Yes, I debated a few ways to word this and considered that as well, but it just didn‘t sound right. 2mo
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This really moved me.
Once again, l got the strong impression that Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings for his children and especially for Christopher. I never imagined this kinship, this oneness of experience and desires.
What moves me here is that Tolkien speaks to Christopher (who was really a boy at the time) as a peer, as well as his beloved son. That was a very special bond.

I understand, now.

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Finally making some catching up with #TolkiensLetters.
I'm adoring these letters sent to Christopher off at war in South Africa. I love reading about Tolkien's everyday life. I never imagined he was a gardener! So now l know where Sam came from!

Daisey I am enjoying these as well. They show a very personal look at their relationship as well as Tolkien‘s thoughts on many things. 2mo
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I enjoyed a few more of Tolkien‘s letters with supper tonight. These to Christopher about the writing of LotR and WWII at the same time provide a much more personal perspective than the biographical writing I‘ve previously read.

As for supper, I‘ve been meaning to try making étouffée for a while and finally did today. It‘s delicious, and I‘ve got meals prepped for a few more days.

#TolkiensLetters #FellowshipOfTolkien #ReadAndEat

robinb I‘d love to find a good etouffee recipe. Love it but have never tried to make it. 2mo
Daisey @robinb I read lots of shrimp and crawfish recipes to compare method, but then I settled on this one since I wanted to use chicken and sausage. https://oursaltykitchen.com/chicken-etouffee/ 2mo
robinb @Daisey This is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing. I would also like to use the chicken and sausage. 😊 2mo
JazzFeathers I have never heard about etoufee. Now l need to try it! 2mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers It‘s a Cajun dish, popular in Louisiana, but I first had it in college at a local restaurant there. 2mo
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From letter 66 to Christopher in May 1944

I love these bits about the characters that just make themselves known as the story is written, especially with how much I like Faramir. I‘m also amused by the comment about him possibly joining other fascinating information that‘s been removed to the appendices if he keeps on about history.

#TolkiensLetters #FellowshipOfTolkien #KindleQuotes

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Hey, gals! Before the madness of #NaNoWriMo stars, here's November schedule 😜

I'm all caught up (unbelievable!) and loving the letters. They show the complexity of the man and of his life. I was surprised to read about the many health issues. I could see (not just read) the economic problems.
The letters to his published show his vulnerable side, those to his sons are candid and insightfull.
Living it!

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I enjoyed a mug of spiked cider with more of Tolkien‘s letters this evening and am caught up with our October schedule. After all we‘ve read of Tolkien‘s writing process through the History of Middle-Earth, it‘s fascinating to see mentions of the same developments in his letters to Christopher. I think reading the books in this order gives a better appreciation of the details in the letters.

#TolkiensLetters #FellowshipOfTolkien #BooksAndBooze

JazzFeathers I'm all caught up too! I can't believe it! I'm really enjoying the letters, especially this to his sons. These are very intimate and candid. Very insightful. And yes, l love recognising the same process we read in HoME 😁 3mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers I agree about the letters to his sons. Candid and insightful are the perfect descriptors. 3mo
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I've had a feeling that this was how Tolkien felt when he wrote The Lord of the Rings. In a way, that story seems a conversation between father and son who face similar terrible experiences. And on Tolkien's part, it's almost an elaboration of the experience (of WWI) which he might have never done of his own volition, but now he must to give a sense to his sons' experience.

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Loved this letter. The health problem, the work closely mmitments, the newfound love for The Lord of the Rings, his insecurities about that story he loves, his children.
It isn't a personal letter, but it reveals so much personal matters. I truly loved it.

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Let's do some catching up! 😜💪

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I took some time this morning with breakfast to play a little bit of catch up on my Tolkien reading. I even had coffee with the Tolkien inspired name Light of Earendil which is locally roasted in the Kansas City area. The letters I read today were mostly to his son Michael serving in the military.

#FellowshipOfTolkien #TolkiensLetters #BreakfastWithTolkien #BookAndBreakfast

MaureenMc Lovely 💕 3mo
JazzFeathers Need to catch up on the letters. I'm looking forward to the letters to Michael. I heard he suffered from PTSD. 3mo
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@Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @wordslinger42 @BookwormAHN

Sorry for the delay, gals. The beginning of October was crazy at work, as it is every year. Which means I'm quite behind with my readings too 😟

But now things are getting back to normal, and l think I'll be able to catch up with the letters 😜

Here's October's schedule.

How's everyone getting along?

BookwormAHN I'm a little behind too. Thanks for the new schedule 😺 3mo
Daisey I got ahead at the end of September, but I'm behind again now after some very busy days. I hope to catch up and possibly get a bit ahead again this weekend. I'll also try to get back to posting randomly as I read because I haven't been posting much at all lately. 3mo
JazzFeathers @BookwormAHN 😁 I'll have the November schedule ready soon before NaNoWriMo starts. It will be a busy November for me. I want to finish writing The Frozen Maze. 3mo
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JazzFeathers @Daisey l haven't posted a lot too, in general. I feel sorry neglecting Litzy and the Fellowshi 😶 And, Daisey, l love your new pic 😊 3mo
BookwormAHN Good Luck 🍀 3mo
Daisey @Jazzfanatic Thank you! 3mo
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Just caught up with a week worth of letters and loved this selection.
His scathing reply to the German publisher asking about his ancestry was a masterpiece.
I loved reading about the beginning of the 'New hobbit'. Yes, we read most of it on HoME, but l like reading it in his life's context. While his mentions of economic difficulties are endearing to me. Never realised how pressant this was to him.

Daisey I‘ve read about the letter to the German publisher before but agree reading it (or a similar draft) in this context was even better. I actually got a bit ahead the other day when waiting and I only had this to read on my phone. I need to look at them again and make a post soon. 4mo
Jinjer Well, Tolkien friends, I had to drop out of this buddy read because I discovered the Konrath/Kilborn horror books and everything else in my life disappeared. I‘ll definitely read the letters another time though! So very sorry! 4mo
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I've read so many quotes from this letters over the years. Reading the 'entire' thing (or, at least, what we can read of it) was nice and endearing
Tolkien makes everything he can to belittle his success. He gives me the impression he doesn't want success to change him or his life, so he makes fun of it, though in places the pleasure come to the surface of seeing one of his story finding its own life 💙

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Happy Hobbit Day!

I find it very appropriate that I‘m reading letter 22 on September 22, also known as #HobbitDay because it is Bilbo & Frodo‘s birthday, and Tolkien mentions his early drafts of the beginning of what became LotR.

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JazzFeathers I totally missed the day 😭 I didn't forget, but I'm so busy and messed up at the moment, that l didn't manage to do anything. I'm reaching the letters from 1938 now, and I'm totally loving them! 4mo
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It arrived!!!! My English edition of Tolkien's Letters. At last!

How is it going, ladies?
I'm actually nearly a week behind, but l hope to catch up soon 😜

@Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @wordslinger42 @BookwormAHN

BookwormAHN I'm enjoying it, a few days behind though 😺 4mo
Daisey I caught back up a night or so ago. I'm enjoying them overall, but it's definitely the kind of thing where there's a lot of text for some truly interesting bits and we're already just getting the most interesting bits as chosen by Carpenter. 4mo
JazzFeathers @BookwormAHN The letters from the end of the 1930s are so interesting 😍 4mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey l know. Besides, we're lucky to be able to read this. 4mo
wordslinger42 I have some catching up to do. I've been really sick the past week and a half, and I'm finally feeling better. I'm really enjoying the letters 😊 4mo
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I‘m appreciating reading the letters but usually don‘t have much to say about them. I was amused by these quotes from letters 14 & 15. Tolkien was apparently not a fan of Disney and absolutely did not want them in any way connected with illustrating American editions. Then he is “perturbed” that his comments were sent directly to the American publisher, as he could have expressed his opinions more tactfully.

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tpixie Oops! He did have strong opinions! 4mo
Daisey @tpixie So true! I loved seeing this little detail. 4mo
tpixie @Daisey yes! 4mo
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Tolkien candidated as an Anglo-Saxon professor at Oxford with this letter. He was 33, apparently very young. But they would have been crazy not be to take him on.

I smiled because, as characteristic of him, he presented everything he made as if small things that anybody would be able to do, but in between the lines you can feel the passion for his work, his involvement and his commitment.

A true Hobbit!💙

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Such a pity this is the only letter included from the war period. John Garth included many excerpts from letters from and to Tolkien during the war. They were so insightful.

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The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien | Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien
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I loved this one.
Ever since l discovered Edith make the fair copies of Tolkien's first stories, l've wondered how much she was involved in his creation.
From this letter, it looks like she was pretty much involved. At least at this stage.

Tolkien: l'll send this poem to the TCBS. No, l prefer to send it to you first, my dear Edith.
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wordslinger42 Yes, I love that he included her and sought her opinion first 💜 5mo
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I'm really enjoying the letters so far, even though they've been short. I think they offer an interesting look into his everyday life, and I'm excited to get to know Tolkien better in that way!

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JazzFeathers Me too. Can't wait to read more. 5mo
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I‘m pretty sure I‘m going to be awful at sticking with the schedule for this one. I did read the introduction on the first, and then I caught up by reading the first few excerpts of letters to Edith tonight as well as perusing others‘ posts. I don‘t know that this is going to be quite as enjoyable to read, but I am thoroughly intrigued to see what it contains (and am also curious about what was left out).

#FellowshipOfTolkien #TolkiensLetters

JazzFeathers I think it's probably going to be a mix bag. But I'm sure that many letters will be awesome 😜 5mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers I agree completely. 5mo
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It starts with a letter relating a normal day. A young man making his girlfriend as much part of his life as he can.

Jinjer Is that her??? 5mo
JazzFeathers @Jinjer Yes, that's Edith 😜 5mo
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In the introduction is said that a great part of the letters collected for this book were left out because there was no space to publish them all.
I already miss those.

Jinjer Right???? MAKE more space! Cut down trees. Sorry, Treebeard 😬🌲🌳 5mo
JazzFeathers @Jinjer 😂 But today we have ereaders! ☝️😜 Imagine if there had been ereaders when Christopher published the History of Middle earth 😍 5mo
Jinjer Good point!!!!! 😮😮😮 5mo
wordslinger42 I felt the same! I'm so curious about what they say! 5mo
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It's been a lovely morning full of all things Tolkien (and, of course, coffee). I'm so excited to be reading Tolkien's letters with the #FellowshipofTolkien group!

We're reading one letter a day and would love for you to join us! You can find the schedule on @JazzFeathers page 💜

Daisey I‘m also curious about this Hobbit devotional. I‘ve found I really enjoy literary devotionals. 5mo
wordslinger42 @Daisey I've found the same to be true for me! So far, I've read a Jane Austen devotional and one based on A Christmas Carol. This is probably my favorite of the three 😊 5mo
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The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien | Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien
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Sorry for the delay, gals. Here's the schedule 😊

I assigned a single letter per day, however short. This way it will be easier to catch up if we fall behind. But let me know whether you'd prefer a different arrangement from next month.

I mark Sundays in yellow. With this kind of schedule, l thought it might be useful to know when it's the weekend.

So. Let's go? 😜

BookwormAHN Looks great, thanks 😺 5mo
wordslinger42 Yay! I can't wait 😊 5mo
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Jinjer This is great, thank you! I only get to keep the hoopla loan for 18 days but maybe I can renew it. If not, I‘ll just cram at the end. 🤣 5mo
Daisey @Jinjer Glad to hear you‘re joining us! Usually you can borrow from Hoopla repeatedly unless your library hits a limit. I often strategical borrow at the end of the month if I have borrows left too. 5mo
Jinjer @Daisey thanks and good to know!👍🏻 5mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers Looks great and I appreciate the weekend highlight! 5mo
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@Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @wordslinger42 @BookwormAHN

Hey gals! How about this as our next read? 😜
If we read one letter a day, we'll be busy for the next year 😆

Daisey I was just thinking that we needed to discuss what we might want to read next. I‘d be interested in this one. I think it‘s another that a group read might be very helpful sometimes. 5mo
wordslinger42 I would really love to read this, too!! 5mo
BookwormAHN Sounds good to me 😺 5mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Well I‘m going to skip this one, BUT about a year from now, when you pick your next thing…please tag me. I‘m interested in some of his other tale translations. 5mo
wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers @Daisey @BookwormAHN @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I'm happy to read something that everyone's interested in instead! Whatever everyone decides is fine, but I do also have The Fall of Arthur and The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @wordslinger42 Oh thanks, I need a Tolkien break anyway….so I‘m fine with you guys reading this one without me next…it will give me a chance to wrap a few of my other long running read along groups! LOL!! 5mo
JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa That's such a shame, not to have you on the readalong 🥺 l was going to propose the same as @wordslinger42 But if you need a break, l understand and it makes me feel less guilty 😆 So, what do we do, gals? @BookwormAHN @Daisey 5mo
Daisey Agreed. I was happy to consider other options as well, but if Melissa would like a break anyway, let‘s go ahead with the letters. Do we all have a copy so we can go ahead and start fairly soon? I have mine. @JazzFeathers @BookwormAHN @wordslinger42 (edited) 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JazzFeathers Please don‘t feel guilty at all! I definitely need a break…. And I don‘t love his letters as much as some of his other work, so it honestly works out great for me! 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I will keep checking out your posts for the exciting tidbits you unearth from his letters though! 😉 5mo
JazzFeathers I have the copy in the pic. Italian translation (and not of the best, l've heard 🙄) but l can start with that while l wait for the English copy 😜 5mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers Sounds like we‘re all ready then. Do you have time to set up a bit of a schedule? If not, I can but it‘s also the first week of school so may not be my priority. 5mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey l'll se what l can do 😀💪 5mo
wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers @Daisey @BookwormAHN I don't have my copy yet, but will soon, so I'll dive in once I have it 😊 5mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BookwormAHN l'll prepare a schedule from September 1 so hopefully @wordslinger42 will start together with us 🙂 5mo
BookwormAHN Sounds good to me, thanks 😺 5mo
Jinjer There are letters????????????????? I haven't been on Litsy in ages (I know, shame on me) and I am on my first run through of the Hobbit Trilogy movies and the LOTR Trilogy movies so I was wondering if anyone is doing The Silmarillion chapter-a-day. But Tolkien letters sounds even better! I'm off now to see if I can get my hands on a copy. 5mo
JazzFeathers Yeeeessss!!!!! Join @Jinjer ! It'll be fun 😜 5mo
wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers My copy is getting here today, so I'll be ready to start reading next week, too! 5mo
Jinjer I was able to download the ebook from Hoopla so count me in. And I've just finished the LOTR movie trilogy. I never need to see another movie as nothing can top that.

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JazzFeathers @wordslinger42 Yayyyy!!!! I Plan to prepare the schedule today. Let's say for the first month. 5mo
JazzFeathers @Jinjer l know exactly what you mean 😏 5mo
wordslinger42 @Jinjer I wholeheartedly agree!! 5mo
wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers Awesome!! Thanks for putting it together 💜 5mo
Jinjer @wordslinger42 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 5mo
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I was having a hard time deciding on quotes to share today because I feel like I‘ve shared most of my favorites as we‘ve made our way through the readalong. The Tolkien Society of KC newsletter I receive mentioned considering a theme of nature & technology and reading a few of Tolkien‘s letters. This quote from a letter to his son Christopher during WWII caught my attention.

#FellowshipofTolkien #TolkienReadingDay #KindleQuotes

BookwormAHN Interesting quote. Also I was thinking that The Letters of Tolkien could be a contender for after we finish the histories. 2y
Daisey @BookwormAHN I would definitely like to read them with this group at some point! So far, I‘ve only referenced my copy when a specific letter or event is mentioned somewhere else in my reading. 2y
JazzFeathers I'd love to read the letters at some point. So far, l've only read excerpts from them. 2y
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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien: A Selection | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien
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I stayed up late reading these letters. The main interest for me is where Tolkien is discussing the writing of LOTR/Hobbit, or (after publication ) responding to readers‘ letters. He often writes enormous letters to early admirers! There is material of interest about his friendships, particularly C.S. Lewis. For me he‘s very interesting when he writes about Anglo-Saxon and Old Icelandic - less so about theology.

Suet624 Sounds great! 3y
Severnmeadows @Suet624 It made me think- I realised that LOTR and I were first published/born in the same year. So when I came to read it at 13 there was no way the utter excitement and amazement of the end of Frodo & Sam‘s journey could be spoiled by finding out 😊🌟🌋 3y
Suet624 😄 3y
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wordzie 😎 3y
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Daisey
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Litsy, you know me so well! So many thanks to the wonderful Littens who sent me these Kindle gifts and added to my ever growing Tolkien collection!

#KindLitsy

Daisey I have to grade finals this afternoon, but there will absolutely be more TBR perusing and shopping in my plans this week! (edited) 3y
tpixie Perfect! 3y
Daisey @Literary_Siren Thank you as well! I‘ve wanted to read Memoirs of a Geisha since I saw the movie years ago, but I‘ve never gotten around to it. 3y
Literary_Siren You‘re very welcome. I‘m due to reread it. It‘s been awhile. I absolutely LOVE both the movie and the book. 3y
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JazzFeathers
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The new ltalian edition of Tolkien's letters (newly translated) arrived today. My Tolkien group is holding a little conference with the traslator (who's also one of Tolkien's major experts in ltaly) on 11th March. Can't wait 😆

And don't you think that new edition of Fahrenheit 451 is pretty awesome too? 💕

#YearOfTolkien

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Rudis
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#riotgrams #shelfie This shows most of my main bookshelf - it‘s pretty full already, and I‘m always trying to squeeze more books onto it!

JazzFeathers 😍😍😍 4y
bunny What lovely shelves! And I spy The Deed of Paksenarrion! The exact same edition is on my shelf too. 4y
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Arkrayder
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I really like Tolkien‘s writings and I was intrigued as to how, what would be a mundane everyday, task such as writing a letter would appear from a master of prose. It deals with letters from himself to his publisher, to his son, and to his good friend C.S. Lewis. It‘s well worth a read.

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Louise
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A new Tolkien book, Beren and Lúthien, is released after nearly 100 years. http://ind.pn/2rukNBn

JazzFeathers Can't wait 😍 5y
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Brona
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I am amazed by how generous Tolkien was with his readers. Such thoughtful letters about his characters and their motivations plus his own intentions when he wrote LOTR. #HLOTRreadalong2017

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BooksRockMyWorld
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When a book writes itself... ❤

CoveredInRust Love this. 👍💜 5y
I-read-and-eat I am so happy he scribbled that down! One of my favourite books of all time ❤ 5y
BooksRockMyWorld @I-read-and-eat yeah, I can't believe it was just a scribble! 😃 5y
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