Leaf By Niggle

We are excited to announce our new Christmas Trinity Forum Reading featuring J.R.R. Tolkien’s beautiful short story “Leaf by Niggle,” with an insightful introduction by Alonzo McDonald and foreword by visual artist Makoto Fujimura.

This charming and haunting story, which Tolkien used to demonstrate what he called the “mythopoeic” power of fairy-stories, addresses the question of our life’s purpose and legacy. Not only does the story illustrate Tolkien’s own struggles with the writing process—his desire for perfection, struggle to achieve a vision always beyond his grasp, and frequent procrastination—but also speaks to deeper issues that haunt us all—the meaning of our work and relationships, our hunger for beauty, the worth of our creative endeavors, and our own eventual preparation for eternity.

We think you’ll enjoy reflecting on and discussing Tolkien’s work—and that your friends (and all of those on your Christmas card list!) will enjoy it as well. For the cost of a Christmas card, you can share with your friends the gift of this thought-provoking and evocative work of great literature.