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J. R. R. Tolkien - A ​Gyűrűk Ura
A ​Gyűrűk Ura tündérmese. Mégpedig - legalábbis terjedelmét tekintve - alighanem minden idők legnagyobb tündérmeséje. Tolkien képzelete szabadon, ráérősen kalandozik a három vaskos könyvben, amikor a világ sorát még nem az ember szabta meg, hanem a jót és szépet, a gonoszat és álnokot egyaránt ember előtti lények, ősi erők képviselték. Abban az időben, amikor a mi időszámításunk előtt ki tudja, hány ezer, tízezer esztendővel a Jó kisebbségbe szorult erői szövetségre léptek, hogy a Rossz erőit legyőzzék: tündék, féltündék, az ősi Nyugatfölde erényeit őrző emberek, törpök és félszerzetek, erdőtündék fogtak össze, hogy a jó varázslat eszközével, s a nagy mágus, Gandalf vezetésével végül győzelmet arassanak, de épp e győzelem következtében elenyésszen az ő idejük, s az árnyak birodalmába áthajózva átadják a földet új urának, az ember fajnak. Különös világ ez az emberfölötti - vagy emberalatti - lényekkel benépesített Középfölde. Anyagi valósága nincs. Baljós, fekete várai, csodás fehér tornyai, fullasztó, sűrű erdei, gyilkos hegyei, sötét mélységei gondoskodnak róla, hogy egy pillanatig ne érezzük magunkat a fogható valóság közegében. Különös, hisz ebben a mesevilágban, ahol oly ékesen virágoznak a lovagi erények, véletlenül sem találkozunk az emelkedett eszményeket hirdető kora középkori lovagvilág fonákjával, az eszmények máza alatt a könyörtelen társadalmi tagozódással, elnyomással, nyomorral, létbizonytalansággal; ebben a külsőre feudálisnak tetsző világban jó is, rossz is vele születik a szereplőkkel, ott rejlik a szívük mélyén; a könyv személytelen szereplője a morál, az pedig kiben-kiben belső parancs.

J. R. R. Tolkien - A ​szilmarilok
A ​Gyűrűk Urá-nak rajongói most megismerkedhetnek az előtörténettel - ám akik amazt még nem olvasták (vannak-e egyáltalán ilyenek?), azok is kellemes, gyönyörű mesét vehetnek a kezükbe. Kötetünk első és második része ("Ainulindale" és "Valaquenta") a tolkieni rege őskoráról, a világ teremtéséről és az istenekről szól. A három szilmaril Fëanor, a tünde kovács műve, bennük fénylik Valinor, az istenek hazája két sugárzó fájának világa. Morgoth, a Sötét Úr azonban elragadja őket, és ezzel kitör a háborúság közte és a tündék között. Egy szilmarilt sikerül visszaszerezni a szerelem hatalma által - s végül, az utolsó csata után, melyet az istenek oldalán vív tünde és ember a sötétség erői ellen, mindhárom szilmaril a helyére kerül: egyből csillag lesz az űrben, egy a tengerbe hull, egy a tűzbe. A kötet harmadik része, az "Akallabêth" pedig a másodkor története, Númenor tündökléséé és bukásáé. A szilmarilok tartalmazza mindazon meséket és mondákat, melyekre oly sokszor hivatkoznak A Gyűrűk Urá-ban, például Berenét és Lúthienét. Akik Tolkien világát megszerették, vagy éppen most pillantanak bele először, ebben a műben sem fognak csalódni.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers
The company of the Ring is sundered. Frodo and Sam continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin-alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of The Ring
In a sleepy village in the Shire, a young Hobbit is entrusted with an immune task. He must make a perilous journey across Middle-Earth to the crack of doom, there to destroy the ruling Ring of Power---the only thing that prevents the Dark Lord's evil dominion..

J. R. R. Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King
The armies of the Dark Lord are massing as his evil shadow spreads even wider. Men, Dwarves, Elves and Ents unite forces to do battle against the Dark. Meanwhile, Sam and Frodo struggle further into Mordor in their heroic quest to destroy the One Ring.

Christopher Tolken - J. R. R. Tolkien - The Shaping of Middle-earth
THE HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH Poems and prose, maps and chronologies, detours and diversions along the road to Middle-earth . . . Christopher Tolkien has gathered archival materials that his late father, J. R. R. Tolkien, used to create the world and the history behind his classic stories. THE EVOLUTION OF A WORLD This fourth volume of The History of Middle-earth presents early versions of those first tales, from the creation myth to the fall of Morgoth. Writings include a chronology of the events in Beleriand, the first Silmarillion map, and the only known description of the physical nature of Middle-earth's universe. Detailed annotations highlight changes ranging from the spelling of Elvish names to pivotal emendations whose effects reach even to the war of the ring. The Shaping of Middle-earth presents a solid framework by which to trace the development of the early lore of Middle-earth. It is a truly indispensable reference work for those familiar with the history of that endlessly beloved land--and fascinating reading for those just entering that world.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The Two Towers
The Two Towers is the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's high fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings. It is preceded by The Fellowship of the Ring and followed by The Return of the King.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The Return of the King
The Return of the King is the third and final volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, following The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. The story begins in the kingdom of Gondor, which is soon to be attacked by the Dark Lord Sauron.

J. R. R. Tolkien - A gyűrűk ura 2. könyv
A Gyűrűk ura tündérmese. Mégpedig - legalábbis terjedelmét tekintve - alighanem minden idők legnagyobb tündérmeséje. Tolkien képzelete szabadon, ráérősen kalandozik a könyv három vaskos kötetében - vagyis abban a képzelt időben, mikor a világ sorát még nem az ember szabta meg, hanem a jót és szépet, a gonoszat és álnokot egyaránt ember előtti lények, ősi erők képviselték. Abban az időben, mikor a mi időszámításunk előtt ki tudja, hogy ezer, tízezer esztendővel a Jó kisebbségbe szorult erői szövetségre léptek, hogy a Rossz erőit legyőzzék: tündérek, féltündérek, az ősi Nyugatfölde erényeit őrző emberek, törpök és félszerzetek, erdő öregjei fogtak össze, hogy a jó varázslat eszközével, s a nagy mágus, Gandalf vezetésével végül győzelmet arassanak, de épp e győzelem következtében elenyésszen az ő idejük, s az árnyak birodalmába áthajózva átadják a földet új urának, az emberfajnak. Különös világ ez az emberfölötti - vagy emberalatti - lényekkel benépesített Középfölde. Anyagi valósága nincs. Baljós, fekete várai, csodás fehér tornyai, fullasztó, sűrű erdei, gyilkos hegyei, sötét mélységei gondoskodnak róla, hogy egy pillanatig ne érezzük magunkat a fogható valóság közegében. Különös, hisz ebben a mesevilágban, ahol oly ékesen virágoznak a lovagi erények, véletlenül sem találkozunk az emelkedett eseményeket hirdető kora középkori lovagvilág fonákjával, az eszmények máza alatt a könyörtelen társadalmi tagozódással, elnyomással, nyomorral, létbizonytalansággal; ebben a külsőre feudálisnak tetsző világban jó is, rossz is vele születik a szereplőkkel, ott rejlik a szívük mélyén; a könyv személytelen szereplője a morál, az pedig kiben-kiben belső parancs.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The ​Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays
Complete ​collection of Tolkien's essays, including two on Beowulf, which span three decades beginning six years before The Hobbit to five years after The Lord of the Rings. The seven 'essays' by J.R.R. Tolkien assembled in this new paperback edition were with one exception delivered as general lectures on particular occasions; and while they mostly arose out of Tolkien's work in medieval literature, they are accessible to all. Two of them are concerned with Beowulf, including the well-known lecture whose title is taken for this book, and one with Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, given in the University of Glasgow in 1953. Also included in this volume is the lecture English and Welsh; the Valedictory Address to the University of Oxford in 1959; and a paper on Invented Languages delivered in 1931, with exemplification from poems in the Elvish tongues. Most famous of all is On Fairy-Stories, a discussion of the nature of fairy-tales and fantasy, which gives insight into Tolkien's approach to the whole genre. The pieces in this collection cover a period of nearly thirty years, beginning six years before the publication of The Hobbit, with a unique 'academic' lecture on his invention (calling it A Secret Vice) and concluding with his farewell to professorship, five years after the publication of The Lord of the Rings

J. R. R. Tolkien - The ​Peoples of Middle-earth
When ​J.R.R. Tolkien laid aside _The Silmarillion_ in 1937 the extension of the originall 'mythology' into later Ages of the world had scarcely begun. It was in the Appendices to _The Lord of the Rings_ that there emerged a comprehensive historical structure and chronology of the Second and Third Ages, embracing all the diverse strands that came together in the War of the Ring. The difficulty that he found in providing these Appendices, leading to the delay in the publication of _The Return of the King_, is well known, but in _The Peoples of Middle-earth_ Christopher Tolkien shows that early forms of these works already existed years before, in essays and records differing greatly from the published forms. He traces the evolution of the Calendars, the Hobbit genealogies, the Westron language or Common Speach (from which many words and names are recorded that were afterwards lost), and the chronological structure of the later Ages. Other writings by J.R.R. Tolkien are included in this final volume of _The History of MIddle-earth_, chiefly deriving from his last years, when new insights and new constructions still freely arose as he pondered the history that he had created. This book concludes with two soon-abandoned stories, both unique in the setting of time and place: _The New Shadow_ in Gondor of the Fourth Age, and the tale of _Tal-elmar_, in which the coming of the dreaded Númenórean ships is seen through the eyes of men of Middle-earth in the Dark Years.

J. R. R. Tolkien - A ​Secret Vice
J.R.R. ​Tolkien’s linguistic invention was a fundamental part of his artistic output, to the extent that later on in life he attributed the existence of his mythology to the desire to give his languages a home and peoples to speak them. As Tolkien puts it in ‘A Secret Vice’, ‘the making of language and mythology are related functions’’. In the 1930s, Tolkien composed and delivered two lectures, in which he explored these two key elements of his sub-creative methodology. The second of these, the seminal Andrew Lang Lecture for 1938–9, ‘On Fairy-Stories’, which he delivered at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, is well known. But many years before, in 1931, Tolkien gave a talk to a literary society entitled ‘A Hobby for the Home’, where he unveiled for the first time to a listening public the art that he had both himself encountered and been involved with since his earliest childhood: ‘the construction of imaginary languages in full or outline for amusement’. This talk would be edited by Christopher Tolkien for inclusion as ‘A Secret Vice’ in The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays and serves as the principal exposition of Tolkien’s art of inventing languages. This new critical edition, which includes previously unpublished notes and drafts by Tolkien connected with the essay, including his ‘Essay on Phonetic Symbolism’, goes some way towards re-opening the debate on the importance of linguistic invention in Tolkien’s mythology and the role of imaginary languages in fantasy literature.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The ​Hobbit / The Lord of the Rings
Hobbits ​and wizards and Sauron--oh, my! Mild-mannered Oxford scholar John Ronald Reuel Tolkien had little inkling when he published _The Hobbit; Or, There and Back Again_ in 1937 that, once hobbits were unleashed upon the world, there would be no turning back. Hobbits are, of course, small, furry creatures who love nothing better than a leisurely life quite free from adventure. But in that first novel and the _Lord of the Rings_ trilogy, the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo and their elfish friends get swept up into a mighty conflict with the dragon Smaug, the dark lord Sauron (who owes much to proud Satan in _Paradise Lost_), the monstrous Gollum, the Cracks of Doom, and the awful power of the magical Ring. The four books' characters--good and evil--are recognizably human, and the realism is deepened by the magnificent detail of the vast parallel world Tolkien devised, inspired partly by his influential Anglo-Saxon scholarship and his Christian beliefs. (He disapproved of the relative sparseness of detail in the comparable allegorical fantasy his friend C.S. Lewis dreamed up in _The Chronicles of Narnia_, though he knew Lewis had spun a page-turning yarn.) It has been estimated that one-tenth of all paperbacks sold can trace their ancestry to J.R.R. Tolkien. But even if we had never gotten Robert Jordan's _The Path of Daggers_ and the whole fantasy genre Tolkien inadvertently created by bringing the hobbits so richly to life, Tolkien's epic about the Ring would have left our world enhanced by enchantment.

J. R. R. Tolkien - Leaf ​by Niggle
Niggle ​is a painter. Not a very successful one, partly because he has so many other things to do. For some time he has been obsessed with one particular canvas - a curious picture of a tree with a vast landscape stretching out behind it. The painting keeps getting bigger and bigger, but Niggle has a journey to make. In 1939 Tolkien was despairing of ever bringing his great work The Lord of the Rings to a conclusion. One morning he woke up with the story Leaf by Niggle complete in his mind and wrote it down. This poignant story, about an artist on a curious journey, is often seen as an allegory of the writer's own creative process and life. Published to coincide with a new touring stage production of the story, this is the first time the story has been published in its own volume, enabling readers to savour one of Tolkien's most elegant, haunting and least-known short stories.

J. R. R. Tolkien - John D. Rateliff - The ​History of The Hobbit
In ​one volume for the first time, this revised and updated examination of how J.R.R.Tolkien came to write his original masterpiece ‘The Hobbit’ includes his complete unpublished draft version of the story, together with notes and illustrations by Tolkien himself. For the first time in one volume, The History of the Hobbit presents the complete unpublished text of the original manuscript of J.R.R.Tolkien’s The Hobbit, accompanied by John Rateliff's lively and informative account of how the book came to be written and published. As well as recording the numerous changes made to the story both before and after publication, it examines – chapter-by-chapter – why those changes were made and how they reflect Tolkien's ever-growing concept of Middle-earth. The Hobbit was first published on 21 September 1937. Like its successor, The Lord of the Rings, it is a story that "grew in the telling", and many characters and story threads in the published text are completely different from what Tolkien first wrote to read aloud to his young sons as part of their "fireside reads". As well as reproducing the original version of one of literature's most famous stories, both on its own merits and as the foundation for The Lord of the Rings, this new book includes many little-known illustrations and previously unpublished maps for The Hobbit by Tolkien himself. Also featured are extensive annotations and commentaries on the date of composition, how Tolkien's professional and early mythological writings influenced the story, the imaginary geography he created, and how Tolkien came to revise the book years after publication to accommodate events in The Lord of the Rings. Like Christopher Tolkien’s The History of The Lord of the Rings before it, this is a thoughtful yet exhaustive examination of one of the most treasured stories in English literature. Long overdue for a classic book now celebrating 75 years in print, this companion edition offers fascinating new insights for those who have grown up with this enchanting tale, and will delight those who are about to enter Bilbo's round door for the first time.

J. R. R. Tolkien - El ​Señor de los Anillos
En ​la adormecida e idílica Comarca, un joven hobbit recibe un encargo: custodiar el Anillo Único y emprender el viaje para su destrucción en la Grieta del Destino. Acompañado por magos, hombres, elfos y enanos, atravesará la Tierra Media y se internará en las sombras de Mordor, perseguido siempre por las huestes de Sauron, el Señor Oscuro, dispuesto a recuperar su creación para establecer el dominio definitivo del Mal.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The ​Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún
Many ​years ago, J.R.R. Tolkien composed his own version of the great legend of Northern antiquity, recounted here in The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún. In the Lay of the Völsungs is told the ancestry of the great hero Sigurd, the slayer of Fáfnir, most celebrated of dragons; of his awakening of the Valkyrie Brynhild, who slept surrounded by a wall of fire, and of their betrothal; and of his coming to the court of the great princes who were named the Niflungs (or Nibelungs), with whom he entered into blood-brotherhood. In scenes of dramatic intensity, of confusion of identity, thwarted passion, jealousy, and bitter strife, the tragedy of Sigurd and Brynhild, of Gunnar the Niflung and Gudrún his sister, mounts to its end in the murder of Sigurd, the suicide of Brynhild, and the despair of Gudrún. The Lay of Gudrún recounts her fate after the death of Sigurd, her marriage against her will to the mighty Atli, ruler of the Huns (the Attila of history), his murder of her brothers, and her hideous revenge.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The ​Lay of Aotrou and Itroun
Unavailable ​for more than 70 years, this early but important work is published for the first time with Tolkien’s ‘Corrigan’ poems and other supporting material, including a prefatory note by Christopher Tolkien. Set ‘In Britain’s land beyond the seas’ during the Age of Chivalry, The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun tells of a childless Breton Lord and Lady (the ‘Aotrou’ and ‘Itroun’ of the title) and the tragedy that befalls them when Aotrou seeks to remedy their situation with the aid of a magic potion obtained from a corrigan, or malevolent fairy. When the potion succeeds and Itroun bears twins, the corrigan returns seeking her fee, and Aotrou is forced to choose between betraying his marriage and losing his life. Coming from the darker side of J.R.R. Tolkien’s imagination, The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun, together with the two shorter ‘Corrigan’ poems that lead up to it and which are also included, was the outcome of a comparatively short but intense period in Tolkien's life when he was deeply engaged with Celtic, and particularly Breton, myth and legend. Originally written in 1930 and long out of print, this early but seminal work is an important addition to the non-Middle-earth portion of his canon and should be set alongside Tolkien’s other retellings of myth and legend, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, The Fall of Arthur and The Story of Kullervo. Like these works, it belongs to a small but important corpus of his ventures into ‘real-world’ mythologies, each of which in its own way would be a formative influence on his own legendarium.

J. R. R. Tolkien - Charles Dixon - Sean Deming - The ​Hobbit
First ​published over 50 years ago, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit has become one of the best-loved books off all time. Now Tolkien's fantasy classic has been adapted into a fully painted graphic novel. The Hobbit is the story of Bilbo Baggins... a quiet and contented hobbit whose life was turned upside down when he joins the wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves on their quest to reclaim the dwarves' stolen treasure.It is a journey fraught whit danger - and in the end it is Bilbo alone who must face the guardians of the treasure, the most-dreaded dragon Smaug. Illustrated in full colour throughout, and accompanied by the carefully abridged text of the original novel, this handsome authorised edition will introduce new generations to a magical masterpiece - and be treasured by Hobbit fans of all ages, everywhere.

J. R. R. Tolkien - Sauron ​Defeated
In ​the first part of _Sauron Defeated_, Christopher Tolkien completes his account of the writing of _The Lord of the Rings_, beginning with Sam's rescue of Frodo from the Tower of Kirith Ungol, and giving a very different account of the Scouring of the Shire. This part ends with versions of the previously unpublished _Epilogue_, an alternate ending to the masterpiece in which Sam attempts to answer his children's questions years after the departure of Bilbo and Frodo from the Grey Havens. The second part introduces _The Notion Club Papers_, now published for the first time. These mysterious papers, discovered in the early years of the twenty-first century, report the discussions of a literary club in Oxford in the years 1986-1987. Those familiar with the Inklings will see a parallel with the group whose members included J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. After a discussion of the possiblities of travel through space and time through the medium of 'true dream," the story turns to the legend of Atlantis, the strange communications received by members of the club out of remote past, and the violent irruption of the legend into northwestern Europe. Closely associated with the _Papers_ is a new version of the Numenorean legend, _The Drowning of Anadune_, which constitutes the third part of the book. At this time the language of the Men of the West, Adunaic, was first devised - Tolkien's fifteenth invented language. The book concludes with an elaborate account of the structure of this language by Arundel Lowdham, a member of the Notion Club, who learned it in his dreams.

J. R. R. Tolkien - Gondolin ​bukása
Gondolin, ​a rejtett város titkát hosszan őrzik annak lakói, ám Morgoth végül alattomban kikémlelteti az odavezető utat, és hatalmas seregével elpusztítja a várost. De vajon ki menekül meg végül, és hol kezdenek új életet a túlélők? A Gondolin bukása megjelenése friss világszenzáció, magyarul most lát először napvilágot Gálvölgyi Judit fordításában. A kötetet Alan Lee csodálatos festményei illusztrálják. J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973) angol író, filológus; legismertebb művei A Gyűrűk Ura és A hobbit, valamint a Középfölde-mitológiával kapcsolatos egyéb írásai.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The ​Adventures of Tom Bombadil
A ​volume of songs, rhymes and poems from "The Red Book". They tell of Tom's encounters with Goldberry, with Old Man Willow, who tries to trap Tom inside his trunk, with the Badger-folk, and with the ghostly Barrow-wight, as well as with a princess, trolls, dwarves and legendary beasts.

J. R. R. Tolkien - A ​homály visszatér - A Gyűrűk Ura históriája I.
Középfölde ​Históriája VI. kötet.

J. R. R. Tolkien - Unfinished ​Tales
Further ​expand The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings This collection ranges from the time of The Silmarillion to the end of the War of the Ring in The Lord of the Rings. Its many treasures include Gandalf's lively account of how he came to send the Dwarves to the celebrated party at Bag-End, the emergence of the sea-god Ulmo before Tuor, the only story of Númenor before its fall, and all that is known of the Five Wizards. The collection has been edited by Christopher Tolkien, who provides a commentary placing each of the Tales in the context of his father's work.

J. R. R. Tolkien - Középfölde ​formálása
Ehhez a könyvhöz nincs fülszöveg, de ettől függetlenül még rukkolható/happolható.

J. R. R. Tolkien - Kullervo ​története
J. ​R. R. Tolkien első prózai műve a _Kalevala_ egyik hőséről szól. Kullervo, Kalervo fia természetfeletti erővel bír és tragikus sors vár rá. Bosszút esküszik a varázsló ellen, aki megölte apját és elrabolta az anyját. De amikor eladják rabszolgának, ráébred, hogy a sors elől nincs menekvés. Ha az olvasót Húrin fia, Túrin Turambar történetére emlékezteti mindez, nem véletlen: Tolkien ezen a legendán tanult meg prózát írni a költemények után, és vissza-visszatért hozzá egész életében. Az első világháború szörnyűsége, a finn eposz szokatlan világa, Tolkien ébredező prózaírói tehetsége fonódik össze egy eddig még soha nem olvasott írás lapjain. Verlyn Flieger előszóval, bőséges magyarázattal és jegyzetekkel, valamint egy alapos tanulmánnyal teszi megközelíthetőbbé Kullervo történetét.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The ​Art of The Lord of the Rings
To ​celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the publication of The Lord of the Rings, a sumptuous full-colour art book containing the complete collection of almost 200 sketches, drawings, paintings and maps by J.R.R. Tolkien. As he wrote The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien’s mental pictures often found expression in drawing, from rough sketches made within the manuscript to more finished illustrations. Only a few of these were meant for publication; most were aids to help Tolkien conceive his complex story and keep it consistent. Many do not illustrate the final text, but represent moments of creation, illuminating Tolkien’s process of writing and design. In addition to pictorial sketches, numerous maps follow the development of the Shire and the larger landscape of Middle-earth, while inscriptions in runes and Elvish script, and ‘facsimile’ leaves from the burned and blood-stained Book of Mazarbul, support Tolkien’s pose as an ‘editor’ or ‘translator’ of ancient records. The Art of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien collects these drawings, inscriptions, maps, and plans in one deluxe volume. More than 180 images are included, all of them printed in colour from high-quality scans and photographs, more than half not previously published. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, two of the world’s leading Tolkien scholars, have edited the book and provide an expert introduction and comments. Readers who have enjoyed The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, with which the new book is uniform, will find much of interest also in The Art of The Lord of the Rings.

J. R. R. Tolkien - Letters ​from Father Christmas
Every ​December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R.Tolkien's children. Inside would be a letter in strange spidery handwriting and a beautiful coloured drawing or some sketches. The letters were from Father Christmas. They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how all the reindeer got loose and scattered presents all over the place; how the accident-prone Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas's house into the dining-room; how he broke the Moon into four pieces and made the Man in it fall into the back garden; how there were wars with the troublesome horde of goblins who lived in the caves beneath the house! Sometimes the Polar Bear would scrawl a note, and sometimes Ilbereth the Elf would write in his elegant flowing script, adding yet more life and humour to the stories. No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by the inventiveness and 'authenticity' of Tolkien's Letters from Father Christmas.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The ​Children of Húrin
Morgoth, ​the first Dark Lord, dwells in the vast fortress of Anghand in the North; and within the shadow of the fear of Angband, and the war waged by Morgoth against the Elves, the fates of Turin and his sister Nienor will be tragically entwined. Their brief and passionate lives are dominated by the elemental hatred that Morgoth bears them as the children of Hurin, the man who dared to defy him to his face. Against them Morgoth sends his most formidable servant, Glaurung, a powerful spirit in the form of a huge wingless dragon of fire, in an attempt to fulfil the curse of Morgoth and destroy the children of Hurin.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The ​Return of the Shadow
_The ​Return of the Shadow_ is the story of the first part of the history of the creation of _The Lord of the Rings_, a fascinating study of Tolkien’s great masterpiece, from its inception to the end of the first volume, _The Fellowship of the Ring_. In _The Return of the Shadow_ (the abandoned title of the first volume of _The Lord of the Rings) we see how Bilbo’s magic ring evolved into the supremely dangerous Ruling Ring of the Dark Lord; and the precise, and astonishingly unforeseen, moment when a Black Rider first rode in to the Shire. The character of the hobbit called Trotter (afterwards Strider or Aragorn) is developed, though his true identity seems to be an insouluble problem. Frodo’s companions undergo many changes of name and personality; and other major figures appear in unfamiliar guises: a sinister Treebeard, in league with the enemy, and a feocious, malevolent Farmer Maggot. The book comes complete with reproductions of the first maps and facsimile pages from the earliest manuscripts.

J. R. R. Tolkien - A ​woottoni kovácsmester
Valamikor ​régen - vagy nem is olyan régen - volt egyszer egy falu. Nagy-Woottonnak hívták, hisz kétségtelenül nagyobb volt, mint a néhány mérföldnyire fekvő Kis-Wootton. Hogy különleges falu lett volna? Talán nem. Mégis, az biztos, hogy réges-régóta élt itt egy szokás, mely megkülönböztette az összes többi falutól a kerek világon. Huszonnégy évente ugyanis itt tartották meg a Jó Gyerekek Lakomáját, ahol a Szakács felszolgálta a Nagy Tortát. Gyönyörű torta volt az, cukormázzal bevont, édes és hatalmas; nem is csoda hát, hogy a gyerekeknek, még sokáig összecsordult a nyál a szájukban, ha visszagondoltak rá. Ám történt egyszer, hogy a Nagy Torta ősi receptjét egy botcsinálta Szakács új összetevővel egészítette ki: egy tündércsillaggal. Nem tudta, hogy az a gyermek, aki lenyeli a csillagot, megkapja a tündérek nyughatatlan vándorlelkét csakúgy, mint a jogot, hogy beléphessen Tündérországba. Évek teltek el, s a hajdani kisfiúból lett kovácsmester - kinek különös csillag díszíti a homlokát - most útra kél, hogy megkeresse a mesék tündéreit.

J. R. R. Tolkien - The ​Tolkien Reader
Stories, ​poems, and commentaries by the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings FARMER GILES OF HAM An imaginative history of the distant and marvelous past that introduces the rather unheroic Farmer Giles, whose efforts to capture a somewhat untrustworthy dragon will delight readers everywhere. THE ADVENTURES OF TOM BOMBADIL A collection of verse in praise of Tom Bombadil, that staunch friend of the Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings. TREE AND LEAF Contains “On Fairy-stories,” Professor Tolkien’s now-famous essay on the form of the fairy story and the treatment of fantasy. . . . and other dazzling works, including an introduction by Peter S. Beagle

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