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Green Suns and Faërie

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Green Suns and Faëire: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien
AuthorVerlyn Flieger
IllustratorTed Nasmith (cover)
PublisherThe Kent State University Press
ReleasedAugust 2011 (available for purchase in February 2012)[1]

Green Suns and Faëire: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien is a collection of essays by Verlyn Flieger on J.R.R. Tolkien and his works.

From the publisher

A major contribution to the growing body of Tolkien scholarship

With the release of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and forthcoming film version of The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien’s popularity has never been higher. In Green Suns and Faërie, author Verlyn Flieger, one of world’s foremost Tolkien scholars, presents a selection of her best articles—some never before published—on a range of Tolkien topics.

The essays are divided into three distinct sections. The first explores Tolkien’s ideas of sub-creation–the making of a Secondary World and its relation to the real world, the second looks at Tolkien’s reconfiguration of the medieval story tradition, and the third places his work firmly within the context of the twentieth century and “modernist” literature. With discussions ranging from Tolkien’s concepts of the hero to the much-misunderstood nature of Bilbo’s last riddle in The Hobbit, Flieger reveals Tolkien as a man of both medieval learning and modern sensibility—one who is deeply engaged with the past and future, the regrets and hopes, the triumphs and tragedies, and above all the profound difficulties and dilemmas of his troubled century.

Taken in their entirety, these essays track a major scholar’s deepening understanding of the work of the master of fantasy. Green Suns and Faërie is sure to become a cornerstone of Tolkien scholarship.[2]


  1. Douglas C. Kane, "Green Suns and Faëire" dated 12 February 2012, MythSoc mailing list (accessed 12 February 2012)
  2. "Green Suns and Faeire", (accessed 12 February 2012)