Tree and Leaf, Smith of Wootton Major, The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth by J.R.R. Tolkien
Tree and Leaf, Smith of Wootton Major, The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth by J.R.R. Tolkien
Tree and Leaf, Smith of Wootton Major, The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth by J.R.R. Tolkien
Tree and Leaf, Smith of Wootton Major, The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth by J.R.R. Tolkien
Tree and Leaf, Smith of Wootton Major, The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Tree and Leaf, Smith of Wootton Major, The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Tree and Leaf; Smith of Wootton Major; The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth is a 1975 anthology, published by Unwin Books.

Tree and Leaf:

Tree and Leaf is an eclectic, amusing, provocative and entertaining collection of works which reveals the diversity of J.R.R. Tolkien’s imagination, the depth of his knowledge of English history, and the breadth of his talent as a creator of fantastic fiction.

Smith of Wootton Major:

What began as a preface to The Golden Key by George MacDonald eventually grew into this charming short story, so named by Tolkien to suggest an early work by P.G. Wodehouse. Composed almost a decade after The Lord of the Rings, and when his lifelong occupation with the 'Silmarillion' was winding down, Smith of Wootton Major was the product of ripened experience and reflection. It was published in 1967 as a small hardback, complete with charming black and white illustrations by Pauline Baynes, and would be the last work of fiction to be published in Tolkien’s own lifetime.

The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth:

The play itself is the story of two characters, Tidwald (Tida) and Torhthelm (Totta), retrieving the body of Beorthnoth, Ealdormann of Essex, from the battlefield at Maldon. After a brief search they eventually find their lord's battle-mangled body and his golden sword. In the middle of the action, Totta slays an English battlefield-looter, for which Tída chastises him. The murder provides an opportunity for the characters to discuss the ethics of Beorhtnoth's actions. Totta is a romantic who thinks Beorhtnoth's actions were tragically noble, while Tída is the battle-experienced farmer who takes the realist position, pointing out the folly of Beorhtnoth's decision to let the Vikings cross the causeway. Eventually the two characters load the lord's body onto a cart, and the drama closes with them leaving the battlefield for a nearby abbey in Ely.

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Paperback, good condition. Small sticker damage on back cover, wear to cover edges. Creasing on spine. Slight foxing to page edges. 

Published by Unwin Books, 1975. First edition of this anthology. 

ISBN: 0048200158