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Tree and Leaf. 1964 Tree and Leaf
by J.R.R. Tolkien
First Edition 1964
George Allen & Unwin
SBN 048240133
Hardback in dust jacket
Not illustrated
96 pages
Price: 10s.6d

Tree and Leaf, a collection containing:

  • On Fairy-stories, an essay by J.R.R. Tolkien, first published in Essays Presented to Charles Williams (1947).
  • Leaf by Niggle, a short story by J.R.R. Tolkien, first published in The Dublin Review (No.432, January 1945).
Published on 28 May 1964.

Details of all British editions of Tree and Leaf can be found at TolkienBooks.net.

Blurb – Dust Jacket Flap
Fairy stories are not just for children, as anyone who has read Professor Tolkien will know. The taste for them is a natural one, at any age. In his essay, On Fairy Stories, which forms the first part of this book, he rescues them from the academics on the one hand, the philologists and anthropologists, and, on the other, from those who would relegate them to ‘juvenilia’. The second part contains, as an apt and beautiful illustration, one of Professor Tolkien’s earlier short stories, Leaf by Niggle. Like the later and more generous The Lord of the Rings, it shows his mastery of the art of ‘sub-creation’, the power to give to fantasy ‘the inner consistency of reality’.

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