[Reading] ➻ Tolkien on Fairy-stories Author J.R.R. Tolkien – Larringtonlifecoaching.co

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    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 apt to like these stories Children trust, and believe, without the complication of big words and deeper meanings to hide simple truth However, Tolkien argues these stories are for adults too This secondary world brings the person out of time here in this reality and into another, perhaps into a timeless reality which we all may have experienced when we ve had to go about our business after an hour of great fiction He cites many stories, of which King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table resonate in my memory and familiarity He argues we are all sub creators, created in the image of a Maker 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 Imagine the implications of this though Do you write, create people and worlds What if they really exist Are they real enough, or are they flat personalities in their world Does their world have three dimensions Four Two One Are you taking care of your creation Tolkien offers criticism of many stories and authors, including Chesterton and Shakespeare Drama, he says, diametrically opposes Fantasy He writes, tragedy is the true form of drama, but refers to Fantasy as Eucatastrophe, which somehow means a happy ending always comes about He also argues against the critics who call Fantasy an escapist practice He says many other ways exist of escape that seem much ridiculous, such as the escape into scientific endeavors leading to the creation of weapons of war, leading to destruction Finally, in the last few pages, he comes to the crux of his argument, the final point, which centers on his Christian faith He says all stories of fantasy and of Fairy In German referred to as Elf represent a deeper story, a real story of the Christ and his incarnation and death on the cross 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 I share a spiritual world view with Tolkien, and his trilogy strengthens me and gives me hope 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 I see the true hero in the end, who remained invisible with Frodo and Sam both throughout their journey I see Providence in the destruction of the ring one of the best climaxes, if not the best climax ever I see the final victory of all good over all evil 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 from stories themselves than the analysis of the stories 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 appreciate his heart, his mind, and his faith 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.

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    Read chunks in preparation to give a guest lecture in Michael Elam s course on Tolkien January 2019 I read OFS for the first time about 10 years ago, probably in The Tolkien Reader.

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    A must read for anyone who loves fairy stories or tales of enchantment An essay on the craftsmanship, delights and misapprehensions we have about tales in this genre I particularly liked his evocation and description of eucatastrophe But the consolation of fairy tales has another aspect than the imaginative satisfaction of ancient desires Far important is the Consolation of the Happy Ending Almost I would venture to assert that all complete fairy stories must have it At least I would say that Tragedy is the true form of Drama, its highest function but the opposite is true of Fairystory Since we do not appear to possess a word that expresses this opposite I will call it Eucatastrophe.Theeucatastrophic tale is the true form of fairy tale, and its highest function The consolation of fairy stories, the joy of the happy ending or correctly of the good catastrophe, the sudden joyous turn for there is no true end to any fairy tale this joy, which is one of the things which fairy stories can produce supremely well, is not essentially escapist, nor fugitive In its fairy tale or otherworld setting, it is a sudden and miraculous grace..Tolkien s love for magical stories pulsates through this essay Why only two stars Well, I don t share his enthusiasm for the subject 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 The subject just didn t appeal enough My bad.

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    Essentially, Lewis, Tolkien and Chesterton viewed fairy stories not as untrue, but as stories within which the greatest truths are hidden 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 greatest and most complete conceivable eucatastrophe Christ s resurrection p 78 This book is not light reading Because Tolkien invents various words to describe his ideas, you are literally working your way through new language But it s a worthy endeavor The intro by editors Flieger and Anderson was very helpful.

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    This is a really dense essay, and Tolkien has a habit of following intellectual rabbit trails If you don t mind taking a long time to read a short piece, it is definitely worth the effort 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.

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    A great essay on why those who think fairy stories are for children are highly mistaken.

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    Lijepo istkano tivo, ali nije donijelo ni ta posebno novo u mome prou avanju bajki i usmene knji evnosti.

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    The realm of fairy story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things all manner of beasts and birds are found there shoreless seas and stars uncounted beauty that is an enchantment, and an ever present peril both joy and sorrow as sharp as swords In that realm a man may, perhaps, count himself fortunate to have wandered, but its very richness and strangeness tie the tongue of a traveller who would report them And while he is there it is dangerous for him to ask too many questions, lest the gates should be shut and the keys be lost.The original essay on fantasy writing Mostly discussing actual fairy tales.It opens with an excursion into what the ehem Fair Folk are like, before pulling back to treat with the actual subject matter of fairy tales, which is Faerie He has some legitimate complaints about stories Andrew Lang included Though I note that some unquestionable fairy tales Catskin , anyone are scarce on magic He brushes off the question of origins with some observations about how irrelevant they are, and how the folk tale types can be dangerous, by omitting all that makes one tale differ from the next, and observes that there was always a story, as long as humans actually were involved With a comment that when a legend is attached to a historical figure, that doesn t prove it didn t really happen you need evidence that it was otherwise, or internal reasons that make the story fantastic He discusses how things get into the Cauldron, and how the Cooks, not at random, stick in their ladles to draw a story from the soup.The subject of whether they are for children, of course, gets discussed at length.Then he gets into the matter so crucial for later fantasy, with his discussion of secondary worlds, and the necessary details, and how it produces an arresting strangeness And his discussion of the Eucatastrophe, the happy ending.

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    IntertextualidadMenciones directas Sir Gawain y el Caballero Verde s XIV , an nimo Menci n al vellocino de oro, de la historia de Jas n y los argonautas de la mitolog a griega, cuya primera menci n de que se tiene constancia est en la Odisea s VIII a.C de Homero Menci n a Humpty Dumpty, el huevo antropom rfico de la canci n infantil inglesa Posible alusi n a La m quina del tiempo 1895 de H G Wells Menci n a los escritores G K Chesterton y Charles Dickens.Indirecta

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    Here is the quintessential defense of fantasy as a higher form of Art, a natural human activity, worthy of adults and children alike Fantasy remains a human right we make in our measure and in our derivative mode, because we are made and not only made, but made in the image and likeness of a Maker Tolkien also lays forth now famous ideas such as man as Sub creator, the Consolation of the Happy Ending, Eucatastrophe, and the fairy story quality of the gospel A profound and thrilling essay.

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Tolkien on Fairy-stories download Tolkien on Fairy-stories , read online Tolkien on Fairy-stories , kindle ebook Tolkien on Fairy-stories , Tolkien on Fairy-stories ed22b2f991ae JRR Tolkien SOn Fairy Storiesis 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 WritingThe Lord Of The Rings Contained Within Is An Introduction To Tolkien S Original Lecture And The History Of The Writing Of On Fairy Stories, With Previously Unseen Material 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