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Re: Fantastic (magazine) November 1976
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Glad to help. Please also include a copy of the table of contents of the volume it accompanies, as these notes are Tolkien's comments in review of the volume and cites some titles and authors.

Posted on: 2012/1/31 14:36


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I had them at hand (had already listed the contents for another website):

L. Sprague de Camp: "Introduction: Heroic Fantasy" (pp. 7-8)
Poul Anderson: "The Valor of Cappen Varra" (pp. 11-24)
Lord Dunsany: "Distressing Tale of Thangobrind the Jeweller" (pp. 27-30)
Robert E. Howard: "Shadows in the Moonlight" (pp. 33-63)
Henry Kuttner: "The Citadel of Darkness" (pp. 67-93)
Fritz Leiber: "When the Sea King's Away" (pp. 97-119)
H.P. Lovecraft: "The Doom that came to Sarnath" (pp. 123-129)
C.L. Moore: "Hellsgarde" (pp. 133-165)
Clark Ashton Smith: "The Testament of Athammaus" (pp. 169-186)

Each contributing author gets a short introduction (hence the missing pages above).


Edit: added some links to free Guthenberg editions of some of the stories. Some of the others were also available online, but I'm unsure about the copyright status...

Posted on: 2012/1/31 14:44

Edited by Morgan on 2012/2/1 11:22:36


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here you go...

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Re: Fantastic (magazine) November 1976
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Here's what I've got with a bit of work; I think I can get more in time.

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Jirel of Joiry. Does create an atmosphere
and [?the] sinister 'corrupt' household of Alaric was
eerie and credible. But I never [sic] find phantasmal
struggles such as that of Jirel with 'Undead' Andred
quite unconvincing — especially when the victims escape!

Dunsany at his worst. Trying so hard for
the shudder. But not for a moment making the
tale 'credible' enough to {pro} make a background for
a strong [?e...]. And the ending lamentable — in
fact [?insulting]. In a world in which a Thangobrind
could even begin to be (let alone Hlo-hlo or [?all the rest])
early 19th century Riviera [?...] is surely utterly
impossible — or vice versa. And what is meant
by selling his daughter's soul.

Cappen Varra. Nomenclature v[ery] bad
Let us have genuine Scandanavian/Norse "bar-
barians" or something invented.

The Athammaus monster wholly unbelievable
[?…] disgusting [?... ... …]. There are lots
of ways of being [?... as] nastily, without all this
[?tooraloo] of nonsense.

Most of these things are overheated & exaggerated
([?...] bigger or [?would be] bigger, [?'...'] is
[?...] than the {ends} purposes warrant)
Also obviously over or ill-written.

Jirel of Joiry 140 - 146 is good but
needs a [?deft] story (and [?explication]) to [?...]
[?valid]. Dunsany's is one of his worst
That final ghastly paragraph!

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Super let me check this evening with my text and see if I managed to fill in some blanks... but at first sight it seems you managed to complete many words that I could not read. Well done...

I'm so happy to see this text getting more complete. One does not often read so 'direct' comments by Tolkien on SF stories.

Posted on: 2012/2/1 1:34



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