This week we discussed “Children” from the “On Fairy Stories” by Tolkien.  He pushes back against the coupling of fairy-stories and children, making the point that, “If fairy-story as a kind is worth reading at all it is worthy to be written for and read by adults.”

We talk about:

  • Suspension of Disbelief vs Literary Belief
  • How fairy-stories are not to be relegated to nurseries
  • How children ruin everything (even fairy-stories) if we leave it alone with them
  • The “covert sniggering” that happens when adults write stories FOR children
  • Is the Hobbit too “silly” for Middle-earth

Then in our members-only episode ( we:

  • Did Tolkien approve or enjoy tragedies?
  • Discuss our interview with Nick Groom last week, and why we weren’t more confrontational.
  • We did, in fact, react with quiet disbelief at some of Professor Groom’s answers to our Confessions from the Comfy Chair!

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🔗 Episode Links
Tales from the Perilous Realm (has “On Fairy Stories” essay)
Make Tolkien Great Again – Tengwar Hat

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The Silmarillion
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