Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
He translated the medieval poem by an unknown poet into Modern English. (Carpenter
145-6) It was only published in 1975, after his death. (272)
Pearl is a medieval poem believed to have been written by the author
of Gawain and the Green Knight. (43) It was also translated into modern English and published with Gawain
in 1975. (145-6)
Sir Orfeo is a medieval poem which was translated by Tolkien
and published with Pearl and Gawain and the Green Knight in 1975. (272) It is essentially the
story of Orpheus and Eurydice Christianized.
'The Monsters and the Critics'
This essay was taken from a lecture which Tolkien gave on Beowulf.
It is considered a landmark of Beowulf criticism and influenced many commentators afterwards. (143)
It was first published in 1983, though it had been given many times before. (275)
'Leaf by Niggle'
This is a short story about an artist who 'niggles' over every
detail of a leaf but who wants to paint a tree. In the end he sees the finished tree only in what is undoubtedly heaven.
(199) It reflected Tolkien's fears about his own mythology, especially the Silmarillion. (200) It was published
in 1945. (270)
Farmer Giles of Ham
This was a short story that once again had its roots in the
English countryside. Farmer Giles rules 'The Little Kingdom' which is Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. It again
tells of unlikely heros. (168)
The Father Christmas Letters
For years Tolkien wrote letters to his children as Father Christmas.
They were sent in envelopes with very realistic "stamps." (167) They were published in 1976, three years after his death.
Carpenter, Humphrey. J.R.R. Tolkien. Boston,
New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1977.