Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Leaf by Niggle

A short story by J. R. R. Tolkien.
"There once was a little man called Niggle, who had a long journey to make."
So begins the story of Niggle's journey, which turns out to be the story of his life and his journey into eternity.

Niggle was a painter. . . the sort of painter who could paint leaves better than trees. I could relate to Niggle and his neighbor, Parish, in many ways. Sometimes it is hard to see the big picture, but wait--you'll need to read this story to understand.

Leaf By Niggle is found in The Tolkien Reader.

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