The Monsters and the Critics and other essays is a compilation of academic essays by J.R.R. Tolkien, published by George Allen & Unwin in 1983, and later in 2006 by HarperCollins. With an introductory foreword by Christopher Tolkien, it presents seven essays that were originally lectures (save one), given by Tolkien between 1936 and 1959.


"The seven 'essays' by J.R.R. Tolkien assembled in this new paperback edition were with one exception delivered as general lectures on particular occasions; and while they mostly arose out of Tolkien's work in medieval literature, they are accessible to all. Two of them are concerned with Beowulf, including the well-known lecture whose title is taken for this book, and one with Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, given in the University of Glasgow in 1953. Also included in this volume is the lecture English and Welsh; the Valedictory Address to the University of Oxford in 1959; and a paper on Invented Languages delivered in 1931, with exemplification from poems in the Elvish tongues. Most famous of all is On Fairy-Stories, a discussion of the nature of fairy-tales and fantasy, which gives insight into Tolkien's approach to the whole genre. The pieces in this collection cover a period of nearly thirty years, beginning six years before the publication of The Hobbit, with a unique 'academic' lecture on his invention (calling it A Secret Vice) and concluding with his farewell to professorship, five years after the publication of The Lord of the Rings."
From the publisher


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Die monsters en kritici
Arabic الوحوش والنقاد
Azerbaijani Canavarlar və tənqidçilər
Basque Munstroak eta kritikak
Belarusian Cyrillic Пачвары і крытыкі
Bosnian Čudovišta i kritičari
Bulgarian Cyrillic Чудовищата и критиците
Catalan Els monstres i els crítics
Cebuano Ang mga Halimaw ug ang Kritiks
Chinese 怪物和批评家
Corsican I mostri è i critichi
Croatian Čudovišta i kritičari
Czech Monstra a kritici
Danish Monstrene og kritikerne
Esperanto La monstroj kaj la kritikistoj
Estonian Koletised ja kriitikud
Finnish Hirviöitä ja kriitikkoja
French Les Monstres et les Critiques
Galician Os monstros e os Críticos
Georgian ურჩხულები და კრიტიკოსები
German Die Ungeheuer und ihre Kritiker
Greek Τέρατα και επικριτές
Gujarati રાક્ષસો અને વિવેચકો
Hindi द राक्षस और आलोचक
Hungarian Szörnyek és kritikusok
Icelandic Skrímsli og gagnrýnendur
Italian I mostri e i critici
Japanese モンスターと批評家
Kannada ದಿ ಮಾನ್ಸ್ಟರ್ಸ್ ಮತ್ತು ವಿಮರ್ಶಕರು
Korean 괴물과 비평가
Latvian Briesmoņi un kritiķi
Lithuanian Monstrai ir kritikai
Macedonian Cyrillic Чудовишта и критичари
Malaysian Raksasa dan pengkritik
Marathi द राक्षस आणि समालोचक
Nepalese द दानवहरू र आलोचकहरू
Norwegian Monstre og kritikere
Polish Potwory i krytycy
Portuguese Os monstros e os Críticos
Punjabi ਦ ਰਾਖਸ਼ ਅਤੇ ਆਲੋਚਕ
Romanian Monștri și critici
Russian Чудовища и критики
Serbian Чудовишта и критичари (Cyrillic) Čudovišta i kritičari (Latin)
Slovak Monštrá a kritici
Slovenian Pošasti in kritiki
Spanish Los monstruos y los críticos
Telugu రాక్షసులు మరియు విమర్శకులు
Turkish Canavarlar ve eleştirmenler

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