At least I wou A must read for anyone who loves fairy stories or tales of enchantment.At least I would say that Tragedy is the true form of Drama, its highest function; but the opposite is true of Fairystory.He discusses not only the history, purpose and misconceptions of fairy tales, he also discusses with great passion and importance how they relate to the nature and soul of man.
I see warnings against evil choices in the person of Smeagol, who became corrupted and pitiful Gollum.
I see greatness in smallness, a promise of honor in humility and denying personal dignity in Frodo, a tiny Hobbit, who carries the fate of the world around his neck.
He argues we are all “sub-creators,” created in the image of a Maker. He ends in beautiful words, which I took to mean Fantasy reveals the bliss and wonder of eternity in heaven as the understanding of the human race foreshadows what humanity will be like in heaven with resurrected bodies: “All tales may come true; and yet, at the last, redeemed, they may be as like and as unlike the forms that we give them as Man, finally redeemed, will be like and unlike the fallen that we know.” Tolkien’s essay helps me understand why The Lord of The Rings remains my favorite of all time.
Herein lies an argument for the existence of God, of which I’m not familiar in philosophical and apologetic circles, since I haven’t a clue of apologetics and philosophy. I share a spiritual world-view with Tolkien, and his trilogy strengthens me and gives me hope.
I see the true hero in the end, who remained invisible with Frodo and Sam both throughout their journey. Whenever I despair, I think of the Hobbits, and Tolkien’s world, and find comfort in, as Tolkien puts it, “the underlying reality.” Although I’d find great pleasure in studying Tolkien, and learning of him that I may learn to be a better rookie writer, he tells (warns rather) writers to learn more from stories themselves than the analysis of the stories.
I see Providence in the destruction of the ring (one of the best climaxes, if not the best climax ever! This could also be phrased as, “you learn better by doing than talking,” or “experiencing rather than reading about it.” I love the way Tolkien writes; how exquisite the language he uses. I can’t wait to meet him in the “secondary world” of Middle Earth when it becomes “Primary.” I plan to read this essay again, many times over. Tolkien's On Fairy-stories is his most-studied and most-quoted essay, an exemplary personal statement of his own views on the role of imagination in literature, and an intellectual tour de force vital for understanding Tolkien's achievement in writing The Lord of the Rings . Tolkien's On Fairy-stories is his most-studied and most-quoted essay, an exemplary personal statement of his own views on the role of imagination in literature, and an intellectual tour de force vital for understanding Tolkien's achievement in writing The Lord of the Rings .Tolkien first defines “Faerie” as a place, and a type of story.According to him, fairies are not required, but a belief in the other world typifies “Faerie.” This belief is not a mock-reality, of what he calls our “Primary Reality,” but a secondary reality, just as real.This is not a place to make-believe, but to truly believe, and here you find the reason children are more apt to like these stories.I know, I should have been able to enjoy his essay purely on the merits of his writing, but I wasn't prepared to put the work in to do so. That is why Chesterton calls the gospel "The Truest Fairy Tale" and why Tolkien writes, "The Gospels contain a fairy-story, or a story of a larger kind which embraces all the essence of fairy stories.They contain many marvels - peculiarly artistic, beautiful and moving; 'mythical' in their perfect self-contained significance; and among the marvels is the g Essentially, Lewis, Tolkien and Chesterton viewed fairy stories not as "untrue," but as stories within which the greatest truths are hidden. Here, at last, Flieger and Anderson reveal the extraordinary genesis of this seminal work and discuss how the conclusions that Tolkien reached during the composition of the essay would shape his writing for the rest of his life. Contained within is an introduction to Tolkien's original 1939 lecture and the history of J. Contained within is an introduction to Tolkien's original 1939 lecture and the history of the writing of On Fairy-stories, with previously unseen material.Children trust, and believe, without the complication of big words and deeper meanings to hide simple truth. He also argues against the critics who call Fantasy an “escapist” practice.However, Tolkien argues these stories are for adults too. He says many other ways exist of escape that seem much more ridiculous, such as the escape into scientific endeavors leading to the creation of weapons of war, leading to destruction.