The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien - 1945-1951. Getting a publisher for LotR (and The Silmarillion?). (Letters 98 - 131)

August 8, 2005 - September 11, 2005

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X. Letters 98-109. War; Response to Rayner’s comments on LOTR; LOTR as allegory

by Menelwyn, August 8-11, 2005

[98, 107, 109] News of Middle-earth [8/8/2005 @ 18:21] (3/6)

Letter 102: The Bomb [8/9/2005 @ 18:44] (6/22)

[98, 108] Short Fiction [8/10/2005 @ 18:57] (3/4)

Letter 100: Planes and Fell-beasts [8/11/2005 @ 21:37] (6/25)

 

XI. Letters 110-122. comments on The Hobbit; Tolkien’s theory of criticism; Farmer Giles.

by weaver, August 15-17, 2005

Letter #110 – Walking Off with Someone Else’s Chair… [8/15/2005 @ 2:01] (3/19)

Letter #113: The Way of Pain... [8/15/2005 @ 20:52] (2/12)

Letter #113, Part II: I am Not a Critic... [8/17/2005 @ 0:35] (3/8)

Letter 117 & Letter 113, Part III: News Flash – Tolkien Finishes LOTR! [8/19/2005 @ 17:49] (5/5)

So Bilbo slipped under the arch, and said good-bye to the nasty miserable creature; and very glad he was. He did not feel comfortable until he felt quite sure it was gone, and he kept his head out in the main tunnel listening until the flip-flap of Gollum going back to his boat died away in the darkness. Then he went down the new passage. Bilbo crept away from the wall more quietly than a mouse; but Gollum stiffened at once, and sniffed, and his eyes went green. He hissed softly but menacingly. he could not see the hobbit, but now he was on the alert, and he had other senses that the darkness had sharpened: hearing and smell. He seemed to be crouched right down with his flat hands splayed on the floor, and his head thrust out, nose almost to the stone. Though he was only a black shadow in the gleam of his own eyes, Bilbo could see or feel that he was tense as a bowstring, gathered for a spring.
 
 

XII. Letters 123-130. Tolkien’s efforts to leave Allen & Unwin and get the Sil published; Revisions to The Hobbit and different versions.

by Altaira, August 23-29, 2005

[124] The Silmarillion - In pursuit of a dream [8/23/2005 @ 1:29] (4/5)

Letter #125: The Sil and LOTR: 1.2 Million words and counting….!!! [8/25/2005 @ 22:59] (3/3)

[111, 128] The Hobbit - "Revisions" in the Dark [8/29/2005 @ 1:46] (3/3)

[127] The Silmarillion - a broken stained glass window [8/29/2005 @ 1:55] (3/5)

 

XIII. Letter 131. Summary of the entire Sil & LOTR: Tolkien's introduction up to the end of the First Age.

by drogo_drogo, August 30-September 3, 2005

Myth and Fairy-story [8/30/2005 @ 6:35] (3/20)

Allegory, the Fall, Mortality, and the Machine [8/31/2005 @ 17:53] (4/5)

Magic and the Cosmogonical Myth [9/1/2005 @ 16:47] (3/4)

The History of the Elves [9/2/2005 @ 17:18] (3/3)

The Rest of the Story [9/3/2005 @ 17:58] (2/18)

 

See also the Letter 131 Discussion by Brethil, September-October 2013

 

XIV. Letter 131. Summary of the entire Sil & LOTR: The Second Age, LOTR, and Tolkien's closing statements.

by squire, September 6-11, 2005

hmmm, am I up? 2nd half of Letter 131, right? <dna> [9/6/2005 @ 11:59] (2/5)

Second Age: The Elves, Sauron, and the Rings [9/8/2005 @ 10:10] (1/1)

Second Age: Númenór [9/9/2005 @ 9:25] (2/3)

Third Age: Hobbits and The War of the Ring [9/10/2005 @ 14:43] (4/5)

Conclusion. [9/11/2005 @ 0:03] (8/36)

See also the Letter 131 Discussion by Brethil, September-October 2013

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