The Silmarillion: From a Letter by J.R.R. Tolkien to Milton Waldman, 1951
*This selection will be read over the course of three days, so read about a third of the letter today.
The Silmarillion: Foreword & Preface
On Fairy-Stories (This essay can be found in The Tolkien Reader under “Tree and Leaf”)
*This is a lengthy essay. You may want to read part of it tomorrow, since the Supplementary
Reading for January 2 is much shorter.
Modern Europe: England, Greece, Britain, Germany, Finland, Italy, Aegean Sea
Other: Look up biographical information about J.R.R. Tolkien. Consider the role the Inklings played in the development of his writing and the Middle-Earth mythology. (Click here for Wikipedia.)
1. What were some of the sources of inspiration for the development of the mythology?
2. Tolkien expresses a dislike for allegory. How is his mythology different from allegory? Do you see any similarities?
3. What does Tolkien’s essay On Fairy-Stories reveal about his approach to the Middle-Earth stories?