LEAF BY NIGGLE PDF

Working only to please himself, he paints a canvas of a great Tree, in the middle of a Forest, with many other trees around as well. He invests each and every leaf of his tree with obsessive attention to detail, making every leaf uniquely beautiful of course, he niggles over each one! Niggle ends up discarding all his other artworks, or tacks them onto the main canvas, which becomes a single vast embodiment of his vision. However, there are many mundane chores and duties that prevent Niggle from giving his work the attention it deserves, so it remains incomplete and is not fully realized.

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Shelves: inklings-and-george-macdonald "Niggle was a painter. Not a very successful one, partly because he had many other things to do. Most of these things he thought were a nuisance; but he did them fairly well, when he could not get out of them: which in his opinion was far too often Central to "Niggle was a painter. And yet, as Tolkien tells us from the outset, so many other things pressed in on Niggle, he was left with little time to work on his tree.

Still, a deadline loomed over Niggle. Indeed, a Driver came for Niggle. After he was taken to his afterlife, his mural was taken apart and put to practical use by those he left behind. Nothing was left but one small leaf. Niggle was completely forgotten. A work that no one appreciated and was ultimately destroyed? Niggle discovered in Eternity that his Tree was just a shadow of something greater and more perfect.

It leaves me thinking through so many questions: What is my Tree? Do I resent the distractions that keep me from my project, or see them as sent by God for my own good? How many of those distractions are actually the fruit of my own disobedience? Tolkien tells us, "There were other hindrances, too. For one thing, he was sometimes just idle and did nothing at all. What is the best use of my time? To what degree is the creation of something beautiful the act of storing up treasure in Heaven?

What will it be like to see God redeem all things and to be glorified by Him? One more thing. In reading about "Leaf by Niggle" I discovered the idea of creation and sub-creation. That is worth learning about and helpful to understanding "Leaf.

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Leaf by Niggle

E-Text: Tolkien. He did not want to go, indeed the whole idea was distasteful to him; but he could not get out of it. He knew he would have to start some time, but he did not hurry with his preparations. Niggle was a painter. Not a very successful one, partly because he had many other things to do. Most of these things he thought were a nuisance; but he did them fairly well, when he could not get out of them: which in his opinion was far too often.

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Usually I compose only with great difficulty and endless rewriting. I woke up one day more the 2 years ago with that odd thing virtually complete in my head. It took only a few hours to get down, and then copy out. Although Tolkien activily defended against being allegorical.

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Plot summary[ edit ] In this story, an artist, named Niggle, lives in a society that does not value art. Working only to please himself, he paints a canvas of a great Tree with a forest in the distance. He invests each and every leaf of his tree with obsessive attention to detail, making every leaf uniquely beautiful. Niggle ends up discarding all his other artworks, or tacks them onto the main canvas, which becomes a single vast embodiment of his vision. However, there are many mundane chores and duties that prevent Niggle from giving his work the attention it deserves, so it remains incomplete and is not fully realised. At the back of his head, Niggle knows that he has a great trip looming, and he must pack and prepare his bags.

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