"A Kind of Elvish Craft": Tolkien as Literary Craftsman

  title={"A Kind of Elvish Craft": Tolkien as Literary Craftsman},
  author={John D. Rateliff},
  journal={Tolkien Studies},
  pages={1 - 21}
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