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24 November 2008 @ 10:25 pm
I was wondering if anybody could help me, I'm looking for a book which Peter has written the forward for. Some of you may have come across this quote whilst trawling across the internet, it was apparently a forward to an edition of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Would anybody be able to tell me which edition of the Fellowship of the Ring, (publisher, year, ISBN, anything) this quote came from? I've already done a bit of searching but so far I've come up empty. Thank you in advance for your help.

FYI, The quote is as follows: 

"For in the end it is Middle-Earth and its dwellers that we love, not Tolkien's considerable gifts in showing it to us. I said once that the world he charts was there long before him, and I still believe it. He is a great enough magician to tap our most common nightmares, daydreams and twilight fancies, but he never invented them either: he found them a place to live, a green alternative to each day's madness here in a poisoned world. We are raised to honor all the wrong explorers and discoverers - thieves planting flags, murderers carrying crosses. Let us at last praise the colonizers of dreams."

-Peter S. Beagle, from the Forward to The Fellowship of the Ring

sunlight on your path: Arwen and Elrondthistlerose on November 24th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
I don't have my copy with me, but I'm quite sure it had Beagle's introduction. Actually, I had two copies, one from the late 70s, the other from the late 80s or very early 90s. They both had the introduction. Both published by Ballantine. The coverart for the 70s edition featured a painting of Bag End (I think) by Tolkien himself. I don't really remember the newer edition.

I hope that helps!