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Yes, but Tolkien Is My Harkaway. The Name With No Man Send a noteboard - 01/12/2009 01:30:55 PM
Everyone has read Lord of the Rings. Most people have read The Hobbit. Quite a few got through The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales unscathed. But how many have read Mr Bliss?

I got a facsimile edition of it for Christmas a few years back, and it is lovely. It reproduces a manuscript illustrated by the author.

The book itself is on the Children's Book end of the spectrum, and does not really delve deeply into the forces of good and evil. But it does contain a man with appropriate appreciation for tall headgear, a Girabbit (a cross between a Giraffe and a Rabbit, which should put Richard Dawkins into an early grave if he ever heard of it), a red-wheeled motorcar (which makes me rethink my abhorrence of that type of machinery), a Mr Day, a Mrs Knight, a poor donkey with a difficult life, and an Adventure of sorts involving sometimes luminescent bears.


Since you haven't already stormed out to purchase the item (as you are clearly still reading this), I expect you want more information. Writing style, perhaps? It is a little like a nonsensical, surrealism-tinged Wodehouse. I strongly suspect children's toys were part of the inspiration. Children's toys alone cannot account for it all, though. Like when Mr Bliss says "I am blessed and bothered ... if it isn't the Girabbit's head sticking out of my chimney; and he seems to be munching a carpet". I suspect it takes a very special sort of brain to make that happen.

To conclude: I really want a Girabbit.

So thanks muchly. I may have finally have something I can tell people I want for Christmas. That doesn't cost $1200. :P


Keep in mind it is a children's book.
You might also want to wish for The Gone-Away World, if you haven't gotten hold of it already ;)

I really thought I'd read just about every piece of fiction he ever published (still haven't gotten around to "On Fairy Stories" but that's not fiction.) I'll add it to the list though, thanks. In fact, I read a Pratchett book a year or two ago: You ever read the Sprawl Trilogy? :P

I'd link, but the "surprise" ending, while really just a coda, surprised me enough that I don't want to ruin it, and Wikipedia does just that. :(
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/Other Literature: Mr Bliss by J.R.R. Tolkien - 29/11/2009 05:01:34 PM 4454 Views
Haha awesome, sounds like a winner. - 30/11/2009 01:01:54 AM 1321 Views
Re: Haha awesome, sounds like a winner. - 30/11/2009 09:58:51 AM 1143 Views
Want! - 30/11/2009 02:35:02 AM 1054 Views
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Something else for which to hunt I suppose. - 30/11/2009 01:57:34 PM 1209 Views
Re: Something else for which to hunt I suppose. - 30/11/2009 01:58:49 PM 1073 Views
I'm Ashamed to Say I've Never Heard of It. - 01/12/2009 01:17:32 PM 1089 Views
Few people have, I think. - 01/12/2009 01:19:23 PM 1098 Views
Yes, but Tolkien Is My Harkaway. - 01/12/2009 01:30:55 PM 1190 Views
Oh, I adore Tolkien - 01/12/2009 01:34:58 PM 1218 Views
Still the Master, IMHO. - 01/12/2009 02:12:43 PM 1038 Views
Re: Still the Master, IMHO. - 01/12/2009 02:19:28 PM 1185 Views
You Wanted Me to Read Pratchett and Now I Have. - 01/12/2009 02:56:06 PM 1217 Views
Re: You Wanted Me to Read Pratchett and Now I Have. - 01/12/2009 03:20:25 PM 1011 Views
In Context It Makes Sense, I Think. - 01/12/2009 03:28:37 PM 1113 Views
Re: In Context It Makes Sense, I Think. - 01/12/2009 03:30:18 PM 1226 Views
Re: In Context It Makes Sense, I Think. - 01/12/2009 04:41:07 PM 1092 Views
Re: In Context It Makes Sense, I Think. - 01/12/2009 04:43:01 PM 1044 Views
I Suspected As Much. - 01/12/2009 06:13:25 PM 1208 Views

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