J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 60 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
'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