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Leaf by Niggle Audiobook

Leaf by Niggle

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Publisher's Summary

Tolkien's acclaimed modern classic 'fairie' tale, read by Derek Jacobi.

'Leaf by Niggle' recounts the strange adventures of the painter Niggle, who sets out to paint the perfect tree. But he senses that he will be snatched away from his work long before it is finished - if indeed it could ever be finished in this world. For it is in another and brighter place that Niggle finds his tree is finished and learns that it is indeed a real tree, a true part of creation.

Created in the early 1940s, at the same time as The Lord of the Rings was taking shape, 'Leaf by Niggle' is a passionate adult fairy tale about a man who has 'a long journey to make', thought to be an allegory of Tolkien's own life.

©2016 J. R. R. Tolkien (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"As with all good short stories, this one expands in the imagination. Mighty oaks from tiny acorns grow, indeed." (The Times)
"Brings a wistful charm to complex issues of truth, beauty, duty and creative aspiration." (The Herald)
"A haunting and successful demonstration of the qualities of faerie." (New York Times)

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    Becke GILBERT, AZ, United States 02-17-17
    Becke GILBERT, AZ, United States 02-17-17 Member Since 2016

    I am a language arts coach, studying to be a high school English teacher. Reading is what I do and audible makes it easier!

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    "Sublime"

    "Leaf by Niggle" is one of my favorite of Tolkien's short stories. It is a glimpse at what gives life meaning, the idea of purgatory and the High Places that come afterward. For one to be a well-rounded person, ready for their journey, hard work and the arts must go together. A Leaf by Niggle is quite a thing to see...

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    Michael J Gore 02-17-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Lovely"

    A simple fable about the value and wonder that an ordinary unspectacular life carries within it if we take time and have the courage to notice.

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    Jon Coleman Lincoln, CA 01-19-17
    Jon Coleman Lincoln, CA 01-19-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Fantastic little parable"
    Where does Leaf by Niggle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high indeed. It's short (easy to get through in one session) and it's a very heartwarming little tale with a good lesson.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that while it was clearly a religious parable, it wasn't too heavy handed. I'm not catholic so I disagree with some of the ideas but in general it's a good story


    Which character – as performed by Derek Jacobi – was your favorite?

    Well, there's only a handful but Niggle is a character I related to very much.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Wanted to and did. But it's short so it was easy.


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    k 11-27-16
    k 11-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "An unusual Tolkien tale"

    Read it long ago just because it was Tolkien. Wasn't much interested as a kid, not a hobbit in sight. Reread it occasionally and just now audioed it because it kept crossing my mind and has slowly become one of my favorite short stories. Jacobi is the perfect person to do the reading. Can't say that I love the music used for intro or end but whatever.

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    Malcomb 11-07-16
    Malcomb 11-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it."

    Tolkien had an incredible way of using just the right number of words to perfectly portray the story, and the choice of voices fit the story fantastically.

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    duneflayer 11-02-16
    duneflayer 11-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Tolkien's small Divine Comedy"

    A brilliant short story in which Tolkien's imagination and literary genius is on display. A small story about a small man who must make the journey that we all fear but cannot avoid.

    A story that any lover of Lewis, MacDonald, or Tolkien's other word will enjoy.

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    James 09-05-16
    James 09-05-16
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    "Nice Story"

    The narration is fine, and I don't regret listening to it, but it's not the Tolkien I am used to reading. It's a pleasant enough fairy tale.

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