Tolkien & the Silmarillion

Clyde S. Kilby

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Tolkien & the Silmarillion

Tolkien the Silmarillion In Tolkien and the Silmarillion Clyde S Kirby spins his remembrance of a summer s close personal acquaintance with J R R Tolkien into an intimate portrait of the writer whose mythic universe has kind

  • Title: Tolkien & the Silmarillion
  • Author: Clyde S. Kilby
  • ISBN: 9780877888161
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Tolkien and the Silmarillion, Clyde S Kirby spins his remembrance of a summer s close personal acquaintance with J.R.R Tolkien into an intimate portrait of the writer whose mythic universe has kindled the imagination of a vast audience Here Kirby not only provides a rich diversity of clues to the content of that looked for magnus opus, The Silmarillion, but elaborateIn Tolkien and the Silmarillion, Clyde S Kirby spins his remembrance of a summer s close personal acquaintance with J.R.R Tolkien into an intimate portrait of the writer whose mythic universe has kindled the imagination of a vast audience Here Kirby not only provides a rich diversity of clues to the content of that looked for magnus opus, The Silmarillion, but elaborates on Tolkien s personal and literary relationships with his contemporaries, C.S Lewis and Charles Williams.As we accompany Professor Kilby up the walk and through the door into the Tolkien home and office in Oxford, we are shown a series of swift images, like color slides, which allow us tantalizing glimpses of the scholar story teller himself, and in which we view the gleaming mysteries of Middle Earth, down through its successive ages.

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    1. Tim on said:

      I enjoyed this reminiscent look at Tolkien in his later years before the compilation of his Silmarillion, and the background of his formational friendships in Oxford.

    2. Chad Warner on said:

      A brief but interesting look into Tolkien's life and the creation of Middle-Earth. As a Tolkien fan, I enjoyed learning more about the author, his Christianity, and his friends in the Inklings. The author spent the summer of 1966 in Tolkien's home, critiquing his Silmarillion manuscripts. He made notes of Tolkien's personality, behavior, and habits. This was published in 1976, before the Silmarillion.I read this because it was mentioned in A Guide through Narnia by Martha Sammons.NotesSummer wit [...]

    3. Michael Laflamme on said:

      Tolkien and The Silmarillion by Clyde S. Kilby. This is a brief book by a man who came to know Tolkien in the last phase of his life. Tolkien engaged Kilby to assist him in the sorting out and compiling of the many notes and manuscripts that would one day become The Silmarillion, a book that would not be published until after Tolkien’s death. Kilby takes us along as he meets Tolkien for the first time and over a period of several years comes to know him as a dear friend. The Tolkien we meet is [...]

    4. Glory on said:

      Yes, this book may be outdated, as it was written in anticipation of the posthumous publication of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion, but it still has its biographical charms. Namely, the author's personal encounter with Tolkien, the vividness of his conversation and the life within his speech and expression; the importance of Tolkien's Christianity to his work with specific examples to demonstrate the Christian assumption inherent in Middle-earth; and a summary of the bond and shared interests [...]

    5. Mark on said:

      I had bought this book when it was published, back when we young people were all excited about the anticipated release of The Silmarillion. Anything about Tolkien was exciting. Reread it the other day. On the one hand, it was very slim and light; it could have been published as just a few magazine articles. On the other hand, it was a look into Tolkien that has stood the test of time. So much baloney has been written about Tolkien, and the movies, too, have skewed our culture's view of his books [...]

    6. Scott Hayden on said:

      Clyde S. Kilby volunteered to help J.R.R. Tolkien bring The Silmarillion closer to publication. Although that didn't happen during Tolkien's lifetime, Kilby relates from his brief summer working with Tolkien and further correspondence his own account of meetings, chronology of composition, and Tolkien's friends, The Inklings. A short easy read introducing the reader to the thought and relationships behind Tolkien's writing, this little book was written before, and in earnest hopes of, the public [...]

    7. Jason on said:

      Written before the release of The Silmarillion, Kilby recalls the summer he spent helping Tolkien get the manuscript into shape. Obviously, much of the content is dated; for example, Kilby reveals portions of Tolkien's letters that have since been published in their entirety. The best thing in the book is the light it sheds on Tolkien's personality and his method of writing and editing.

    8. Steve on said:

      This was a bit dated as this was written before the Silmarilion was published, but a nice bit of background nonetheless.

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