A Question of Time: J.R.R. Tolkien's Road to Faërie

Kent State University Press, 1997

Granted access by the Tolkien estate and the Bodleian Library to Tolkien's unpublished writings, Flieger uses them here to shed new light on The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, revealing a new dimension of his fictive vision and giving added depth of meaning to his writing. Tolkien's concern with time - past and present, real and "faërie" - captures the wonder and peril of travel into other worlds, other times, other modes of consciousness. Reading his work, we "fall wide asleep" into a dream more real than ordinary waking experience, and emerge with a new perception of the waking world. A Question of Time places Tolkien firmly in the mainstream of modern writers, and should appeal to anyone interested in imaginative fiction.