Friday, May 26, 2017

A Little Known Masterpiece: "Leaf by Niggle" by JRR Tolkien

Tucked away in the short book Tree and Leaf, by J. R. R. Tolkien is a short-story written by the Middle-Earth creator entitled Leaf by Niggle. The story, on the surface, is without much action, adventure, and depth. Yet upon further exploration, one will find that it is a parable of Tolkien's understanding of fantasy and what he sought to accomplish in Middle-earth. The key is to see that Niggle sought to create the perfect painting of the tree only to discover the real thing later on. That is the goal of good fantasy and that is what makes Narnia and Middle-earth so rich. They are more than mere stories about hobbits and fauns, but create in us a longing for something deeper, something more real.

You can listen to a dramatized version of the story below. You can read a pdf of it online here.

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