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Praise for J.R.R. Tolkien


THE HOBBIT:

"One of the best children's books of this century." — W. H. Auden

"One of the most freshly original and delightfully imaginative books for children that have appeared in many a long day . . . The Hobbit is a glorious account of a magnificent adventure, filled with suspense and seasoned with a quiet humor that is irresistible . . . All those, young or old, who love a fine adventurous tale, beautifully told, will take The Hobbit to their hearts." — New York Times Book Review

THE LORD OF THE RINGS:

"Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century." — Sunday Telegraph

"An extraordinary work — pure excitement . . . " — New York Times Book Review

"One of the great fairy-tale quests in modern literature." — Time

"A remarkable book." — Newsweek

"One of the very few works of genius in recent literature." — New Republic

"A work of immense narrative power that can sweep the reader up and hold him enthralled for days and weeks." — The Nation

"The Lord of the Rings is a narrative of rare imagination, filled with wit, compassion, startling power and lyrical beauty." — Commentary

"Here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron." — C. S. Lewis

"A sustained feat of imagination that has entranced millions." — Chicago Tribune

"The first thing one asks of an adventure story is that the adventure should be various and exciting . . . Tolkien's invention is unflagging." — W. H. Auden

"The most original and varied creation ever seen in the genre, and certainly the most self-consistent; yet it is tied up with and bridged to reality like no other fantasy . . . Tolkien has made his world a prodigious, and, so far as I can judge, unshakeable construct of the imagination." — Hudson Review

"J.R.R. Tolkien's epic trilogy remains the ultimate quest, the ultimate battle between good and evil, the ultimate chronicle of stewardship of the earth. Endlessly imitated, it has never been surpassed." — Kansas City Star

"Tolkien's stories take place against a background of measureless depth . . . That background is ever-present in the creator's mind and it gives Frodo and company a three-dimensional reality that is seldom found in this kind of writing." — Washington Post Book World

"A masterful story — an epic in its own way — with elements of high adventure, suspense, mystery, poetry and fantasy." — Boston Sunday Herald

"A grim, tragic, brooding and beautiful book, shot through with heroism and hope . . . its power is almost that of mysticism." — Toronto Globe & Mail

"For many, it is a book like no other, to be read and reread, discussed and treasured." — Los Angeles Times

"An immense adventure story, an adult fairy tale, a romance in the classical meaning of that word." — Wall Street Journal

THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING:

"No fiction I have read in the last five years has given me more joy." — W. H. Auden

"Filled with marvel and strange terrors . . . an extraordinary and distinguished piece of work." — New York Herald Tribune

THE TWO TOWERS:

"An extraordinary work — pure excitement, unencumbered narrative, moral warmth, bare-faced rejoicing in beauty, but excitement most of all." — New York Times Book Review

"One of the best wonder tales ever written." — Boston Herald

"Here is a wonderful story, set in a world which paralyzes the imagination, and told in magnificent prose. What more can an author give?" — Chicago Tribune

"His imagination can create regions that really are ghastly or really heavenly. He can create creatures that are incredibly credible. His is a never never land that seems real while you are in it." — Boston Globe

"The author writes with wit, humor, imagination and a profound understanding of human nature — or just nature . . . The Two Towers is written by a person with a deep perception of the world of living things — what is, might be, or might have been." — Hartford Times

THE RETURN OF THE KING:

"There are very few works of genius in recent literature. This is one." — The Nation

"In the highest and most complimentary sense, this is escapist fiction at its finest, yet at the same time it has profound relevance to our troubled age." — Arthur C. Clarke

THE SILMARILLION:

"It is beautiful . . . an enchanted tale of tragedy and triumph . . . The Silmarillion is magical in the grand old style." — Philadelphia Inquirer

"O Mighty Tolkien! Prince of Fantasists! . . . I have just been reveling in one of the greatest literary privileges and experiences of my life . . . The Silmarillion . . . greater and more satisfying than both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings!" — Richard Adams, author of Watership Down

"Majestic! . . . readers of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings . . . will find in The Silmarillion a cosmology to call their own, medieval romances, fierce fairy tales, and fiercer wars that ring with heraldic fury . . . it overwhelms the reader." — Time

"Heart-lifting . . . a work of power, eloquence and noble vision . . . Superb!" — Wall Street Journal

"A great and transcending romance of love and war and adventures." — Los Angeles Times

"Essential reading for Tolkien lovers and an important book." — Baltimore Sun

"The tale of Middle-earth before and during the coming of the humans . . . richly filled with magic, heroic deed, and wonderful resonant names . . . a fantastic book in every sense of the word." — Seattle Times

"A creation of singular beauty . . . magnificent in its best moments." — Washington Post