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Hi Gail,
Welcome to the forum. Pary Smilie

Great suggestion for a really nice family read. Big Smile Smilie

[Edited on 29/10/2002 by Rednell]
i know that there is a Tolkien biography published sumwhere, but i'm not sure if it's an autobiography.
Heh, very true Inder, but there is a Waterstones or two in Devon, but they be up in the big cities, and no place for a country boy like me. (Alright, i'm too d@mn lazy to go get 'em).
Seems I have loads more of Tolkien books to buy. So far I have: The Hobbit, LOTR, The Sil, UT and that's pretty much it. Oh yeah, I recently bought Bored of the Rings, but I don't think that counts, right? Big Laugh Smilie Think I'll buy the Father Christmas letters next. It sounds nice.
CrystalBolger, I know of one Tolkien biography which is really good, it is called TOLKIEN by Humphrery Carpenter. There is also a book called the LETTERS OF JRR TOLKIEN which contains some of his letters edited by Humphrey Carpenter and Christopher Tolkien. Another good book about Tolkien's work is TOLKIEN: AUTHOR OF THE CENTURY by Tom Shippey.
I just read Bilbo's Last Song and I have to say that I liked it.
For those who haven't read (not that many) it tells of Bilbos journey to the Grey Havens with the elves and how he looks back at leaving Middle-Earth and going to the undying land. It's not that long and is beautiful illustrated by Pauline Baynes. I think it's just a beautiful book to have
so go and buy it. Its worth it.
A lot of great books have been reccommended, I will have to check them out. I think I've seen that Anniversary book you have Ross. Oh yeah, and btw, I managed to find The Monsters and the Critics. It's thick but I'm enjoying it.
While I was out shopping today I got the book that has
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl and Sir Orfeo. I already have Sir Gawain on tape, but it nice to be able to read it as well.
I own LOTR, Unfinished Tales, Morgoths Ring, Ringens Värld(Don´t know the original title) and The Complete Tolkien Companion by J.E.A. Tyler!
I am about to buy myself a copy of The Hobbit and The Silmarillion since I borrowed them before.....and then my shopping madness will not stop there! It will continue til I have every book there is!!
Well I bought The complete Guide to Middle-Earth by Robert Foster, and that was a really great buy. It has a lot of information, and lists all names of characters and places and other things from the Hobbit, The Silmarillion and LOTR. Pity it doesn't have UT in it as well, but hey, you can't have it all.

Really a great buy! You can find everything in that book. Well, almost anything. Tongue Smilie
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Pity it doesn't have UT in it as well, but hey, you can't have it all.
JEA Tyler's Complete Tolkien Companion includes information from UT and some of the HOME books too, Tommie.
Are Tolkien's other books (i.e. Farmer Giles) worth buying? Are they related to ME, or not, also?
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Are Tolkien's other books (i.e. Farmer Giles) worth buying? Are they related to ME, or not, also?
Most of the poems in The Tolkien Reader concern Middle-earth including The Adventures of Tom Bombadil.

Farmer Giles of Ham is a fun story and Leaf by Niggle is a nice story; neither concerns Middle-earth, but both are also contained in The Tolkien Reader.

Smith of Wooten Major is another nice story that is not about Middle-earth, but somewhat concerns the interaction between faerie and the mundane.

I would buy them all again, and may have to look for Smith of Wooten Major as I have not seen or read it for ages, in fact I don't even remember what storys were bundled with it.
I just found a copy of Farmer Giles of Ham and on the backcover it sounded very interesting and funny.....but I can´t seem to find Smith of Wooten Major anywhere in Malmö.....any other swede here who has the same problem or has solved it by finding it somewhere?

And as Grondy said Leaf by Niggle is a very good read...although I do not fully understand it....

And here comes Mr. Obvious saying: J.R.R. Tolkien was a magnificient postAuthorID of phantasy....Cheers!
Farmer Giles of Ham is good! Its about dragons. I think. Read Smilie
Roverandom is nice too, though more of a children's tale than The Hobbit; but that never was a problem with us, Tolkien fans, right? Anyway, it's interesting how he slipped through some elements from his Legendarium!
has anyone said Sir Gawin and the Green Knight
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has anyone said Sir Gawin and the Green Knight
I haven't read or even seen offered Tolkien's version of this old tale; Mallory's version is quite good though. Does anyone know where we can find Tolkien's version?
ood old Amazon.ca carries it Grondy so I would assume that Amazon.com does as well. Do a search for Sir Gawain Tolkien and it will appear. Read Smilie
Thanks Rednell, but I really should read Tolkien's letters first—I've had a copy for over a month and just haven't yet found the will power to open it; I suppose I just don't want him to over-rule my misconceptions. Elf With a Big Grin Smilie
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I've had a copy for over a month and just haven't yet found the will power to open it; I suppose I just don't want him to over-rule my misconceptions.


(Laughing) I've had my copy of Letters for two years now, and still haven't finished it. I've only made it about half way through so far, there is soooo much to digest, but its the ultimate Tolkien resource really, and obviously very interesting!
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I was looking in Ottakers today for Tolkiens Letters but all they had was the bog standard Tolkien books and all the companions to books and films. I shall have to check Amazon.
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