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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (英語) ペーパーバック – 2000/6

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'...If you wanted to go on from the end of The Hobbit I think the ring would be your inevitable choice as the link. If then you wanted a large tale, the Ring would at once acquire a capital letter; and the Dark Lord would immediately appear. As he did, unasked, on the hearth at Bag End as soon as I came to that point. So the essential Quest started at once. But I met a lot of things along the way that astonished me. Tom Bombadil I knew already; but I had never been to Bree. Strider sitting in the corner of the inn was a shock, and I had no more idea who he was than Frodo did. The Mines of Moria had been a mere name; and of Lothlorien no word had reached my mortal ears till I came there.' -- J.R.R. Tolkien to W.H. Auden, June 7, 1955

J.R.R. Tolkien, cherished author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, was one of the twentieth century's most prolific letter writers. Over the years he wrote a mass of letters -- to his publishers, his family, to friends, and to fans of his books -- which record the history and composition of his works and his reaction to subsequent events.

By turns thoughtful, impish, scholarly, impassioned, playful, vigorous, and gentle, Tolkien poured his heart and mind into a great stream of correspondence to intimate friends and unknown admirers all over the world. From this collection one sees a mind of immense complexity and many layers -- artistic, religious, charmingly eccentric, sentimental, and ultimately brilliant.

Now newly expanded with a detailed index, this collection provides an invaluable record that sheds much light on Tolkien's creative genius, his thoughts and feelings about his own work, and the evolution of his grand design for the creation of a whole new world -- Middle-earth.

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  • ペーパーバック: 512ページ
  • 出版社: Mariner Books; 1版 (2000/06)
  • 言語: 英語
  • ISBN-10: 0618056998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618056996
  • 発売日: 2000/06
  • 商品パッケージの寸法: 14 x 3 x 21 cm
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投稿者 romarin 殿堂入りレビュアートップ1000レビュアーVINE メンバー 投稿日 2003/5/27
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『指輪物語』の映画化「ロード・オブ・ザ・リング」の大ヒットで一躍
知名度を再上昇させたトールキンの、手紙を集めた本。
トールキンの伝記も書いているハンフリー・カーペンターによる編集。
詳細なさくいんがついているのが便利で、作品をどういう意図で書いたとか、
指輪物語は寓話じゃないし、WWⅡの影響というわけでもない、とか、友人
であり『ナルニア国物語』シリーズが有名なC.S.ルイスのことなど、と
にかくいろいろなことがわかって興味深い。活字が少し見づらいのが難点。
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編集者のIntroductionがすばらしい。資料としてのみならず研究書として一流。
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5つ星のうち 5.0 5 stars for content... 1 star for proof-reading... 2014/10/24
投稿者 Ed - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
I've never been interested to read an author's personal correspondence. It's always seemed invasive and "prying," and of questionable value in locating and understanding the real sources of an author's muse. In this case though, and on the strength of other reviews, I bought the book, and am delighted to have taken the risk. It's just plain fascinating to follow the development of Tolkien's writings in his own words and thoughts, trials and setbacks, set amid all the same criteria of his larger life. An incredible read, really. Humphrey Carpenter, Tolkien's biographer, compiled this collection of personal correspondence with tact and great sensitivity and respect for J.R.R.T., and also a bulls-eye sensibility for what possible readers might find of interest.

On the Kindle version, though, 1 star at best. Typos or scan errors, whichever they are, are everywhere, and egregious. It's obvious that this Kindle text was never proofed by a human editor. To find the word "orc" misspelled as "ore" four times on one page is proof enough that the publishers put very little care into preparing the text. There are many, many other errors just in the first twenty percent of the book. I am very tempted to return this Kindle version for refund and go for the hardcopy, instead.

Especially at this time, when publishers and authors are clamoring for higher prices and consideration for their electronic books, I find myself more than ever inclined to just go back to hard-copy reading. It may be that the paper version of "The Letters..." contains the same quantity of really inexcusable errors, but that doesn't justify the glaring lack of editorial care in this Kindle version. These firms are obviously paying much, much less to produce the books, and yet still demanding to be paid even more, unfortunately actualizing Tolkien's own vision of the "machine" and where it was headed in his day.
5つ星のうち 5.0 You Will Not Be Disappointed 2017/5/30
投稿者 Dustin Gardy - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック Amazonで購入
If you are a fan of Tolkien, and completed The Hobbit, LOTR and The Silmarillion, but are unsure of where to go next, this ought to be it (but don't ever neglect Roverandom, The Father Christmas Letters, or the myriad of other shorter works, as well as everything put out by his son Christopher). These letters are riveting and include everything from war-time advice to his son to a snarky, passive-aggressive response to an anti-semitic publisher.

They are organized chronologically, and the editor's guiding factors for curation were 1) to include only letters that lent insight about his writing process, and 2) to exclude personal family insights as much as possible. So if you're looking for a tell-all reveal into his family life, you aren't getting that. But if you want to a crash-course on "the humanities, embodied" then you've come to the right place. Tolkien lives what he loves, and he loves culture and words and language and history and art and philosophy and faith. All of that is on display here, revealed in the context of his letters to friends and family and fans and publishers.

They're readable. Read one a day. They're short. You'll learn a lot of LOTR trivia, and you'll love it. Don't wait, read it now.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 I have enjoyed Tolkiens' writings 2016/11/22
投稿者 Amazon Customer - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック Amazonで購入
I have enjoyed Tolkiens' writings. Nice to read the letters. I started reading him in 1965 I believe. And have enjoyed him and all the stories I can get a hold of. I carry a small leather bound copy of the Hobbit with me where ever I go, and if I have to wait for something then, I can loose myself into my type of world. Thanks to Christopher Tolkien for sharing his father with the world.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 If you are a Tolkien fan, you will love it. 2014/7/19
投稿者 JKimball - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
Basically, if you are interested enough in Tolkien to be reading this review, just go ahead and buy this book. You will not regret it. I've read one of his biographies, which I thought was interesting, but this is way better and more worthwhile. Because here you get to experience Tolkien's own writing. Many of the letters shed light on the process of bringing about his work, but many of them also explain the works themselves. There is a lot of guessing going on out there about what Tolkien was thinking when he wrote his Middle Earth works. Well here we have it in his own hand. If you enjoy the humor and creativity in his books, you will enjoy it here also.
Also, if you're debating between the kindle edition and the book, I was very glad I got the kindle edition because Tolkien has a much more expansive vocabulary than I do and it was convenient to just highlight the word and see the definition.
5つ星のうち 5.0 A must for any fan of Tolkien's 2016/6/16
投稿者 M. M. Miller - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
This is the book I recommend when someone has read and loved Lord of the Rings and wonders what they should read next. These letters provide some of Tolkien's thinking behind the story and world of LOTR (and his other writings) but they also provide a glimpse into the man himself. The nature of the book... a collection of letters... makes it easy to pick up and put down and one can read the letters out of order. It has an index so one can quickly find letters that deal with certain characters, places, events, etc. It's easy and enjoyable reading and I think every fan of Tolkien's writing will enjoy this book.
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