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LEAF BY NIGGLE J. R. R. TOLKIEN THERE was once a little man called Niggle “HOJA” DE NIGGLE (Tolkien) Había una vez un pobre hombre llamado Niggle . NIGGLE. Procrastinating artist, dislikes interruptions but helps people when asked without any promise of reward. PARISH. Niggle's neighbor with a lame leg, . "Leaf by Niggle" is a short story written by J. R. R. Tolkien in –39 and first published in the . Jump up to: baspogophoba.ml baspogophoba.ml Creation and Sub-creation in Leaf by Niggle J. Samuel.
This stage, as we can guess, is purgatory. Hard work is to compensate for the sins and neglecting the duties towards the neighbours during his life. The voices try him for his life and decide that he can go to the higher level. The station has no name yet.
There is a gate like to some kind of private possession, and Niggle follows there to see, that the landscape and the whole surroundings are the same as he had imagined and tried to portrait on his picture. The greatest amazement is for him the Tree, which he, so meticulously, tried to paint but was not able to do it so precisely. This is also a place where he again meets Parish, and together they develop that world. After some period comes the shepherd who is going to guide Niggle to the Mountains and high pasturages — the next stage of the journey not necessarily the last.
Here appears a strictly Biblical symbol of a shepherd which is almost always connected with Jesus Christ. The meaning of this is that an artist, a human, cannot create anything so perfect which would be totally real. Only God can create everything. An artist is only able to depict what he or she imagines. Sub- creating is, in a way, making another world to which we may enter but only in our imagination.
It is very well illustrated in this fragment: "Don't you know? It is Niggle's Picture, or most of it: a little of it is now Parish's Garden. I never knew you were so clever. Why didn't you tell me?
He had only got canvas and paint in those days, and you wanted to mend your roof with them. This is what you and your wife used to call Niggle's Nonsense, or That Daubing. The criterion to judge a person is their usefulness, not thoughts and feelings.
He had never before been able to walk into the distance without turning it into mere surroundings. Imagery and fantasy dominate the visual level of the story but recovery reaches readers on a deeper level.
Recovery introduces a new aspect to the things most familiar. The characters in the story understand the events and surroundings in a more complex but unified way. Before his stay at the hospital, Niggle does not actually appreciate or like Parish.
Parish turns out to be a dear friend in the secondary world. Niggle experiences the transformation of his life; a new life emerges before him. Though they are depicted as completely different places it can be assumed that they are the same place and the difference lies not in the station but in Niggle.
On his departure from the primary world, Niggle regards the station as a dark, tedious place and barely observes the train itself.
But his last day in the hospital changes his perspective. The same room he wakes up in everyday is now full of sunlight; he leaves the hospital and discovers this lovely station and one-coach train. And this time he is no longer disturbed with the Porter Niggle experiences the world afresh; he is content with life, his surroundings and more importantly he is content with himself.
In his dystopian environment, Niggle first seeks shelter in painting. He becomes addicted to the painting and even builds a shed where he used to grow potatoes — meaning that painting became of primal value. When Niggle works at painting and digging at the hospital, through these labours he overcomes both his fear of death and discrepancies of his character. Nothing was written on them, … yet they were dated as clear as a calendar. Some of the most beautiful — and the most characteristic, the most perfect examples of the Niggle style — were seen to have been produced in collaboration with Parish: there was no other way of putting it.
He never said no to anyone even though he had secretly wanted to. The Tree reminds him of Parish and the way he needs Parish.
They put him in an ambulance and took him to the Workhouse Infirmary. He did not like the treatment at all. The medicine they gave him was bitter. The officials and attendants were unfriendly, silent, and strict; and he never saw anyone else, except a very severe doctor, who visited him occasionally.
It was more like being in a prison than in a hospital. He had to work hard, at stated hours: at digging, carpentry, and painting bare boards all one plain colour. He was never allowed outside, and the windows all looked inwards. They kept him in the dark for hours at a stretch, "to do some thinking," they said. He lost count of time.
He did not even begin to feel better, not if that could be judged by whether he felt any pleasure in doing anything.
He did not, not even in getting into bed. At first, during the first century or so I am merely giving his impressions , he used to worry aimlessly about the past. One thing he kept on repeating to himself, as he lay in the dark: "I wish I had called on Parish the first morning after the high winds began.
I meant to. The first loose tiles would have been easy to fix. Then Mrs. Parish might never have caught cold. Then I should not have caught cold either. Then I should have had a week longer. If he worried at all after that, it was about his jobs in the hospital. He planned them out, thinking how quickly he could stop that board creaking, or rehang that door, or mend that table-leg. Probably he really became rather useful, though no one ever told him so. But that, of course, cannot have been the reason why they kept the poor little man so long.
They may have been waiting for him to get better, and judging "better" by some odd medical standard of their own. At any rate, poor Niggle got no pleasure out of life, not what he had been used to call pleasure. He was certainly not amused. But it could not be denied that he began to have a feeling of-well, satisfaction: bread rather than jam.
He could take up a task the moment one bell rang, and lay it aside promptly the moment the next one went, all tidy and ready to be continued at the right time. He got through quite a lot in a day, now; he finished small things off neatly. He had no "time of his own" except alone in his bed-cell , and yet he was becoming master of his time; he began to know just what he could do with it. There was no sense of rush. He was quieter inside now, and at resting-time he could really rest.
Then suddenly they changed all his hours; they hardly let him go to bed at all; they took him off carpentry altogether and kept him at plain digging, day after day. He took it fairly well. It was a long while before he even began to grope in the back of his mind for the curses that he had practically forgotten. He went on digging, till his back seemed broken, his hands were raw, and he felt that he could not manage another spadeful.
Nobody thanked him. But the doctor came and looked at him. But now he heard Voices: not voices that he had ever heard before. There seemed to be a Medical Board, or perhaps a Court of Inquiry, going on close at hand, in an adjoining room with the door open, possibly, though he could not see any light.
His heart was in the right place. Look at the time he wasted, not even amusing himself! He never got ready for his journey. He was moderately well-off, and yet he arrived here almost destitute, and had to be put in the paupers' wing. A bad case, I am afraid. I think he should stay some time yet. He was never meant to be anything very much; and he was never very strong.
Let us look at the Records. There are some favourable points, you know. He was a painter by nature. In a minor way, of course; still, a Leaf by Niggle has a charm of its own. He took a great deal of pains with leaves, just for their own sake. But he never thought that that made him important. There is no note in the Records of his pretending, even to himself, that it excused his neglect of things ordered by the law.
The Records are full of the word, together with a lot of complaints and silly imprecations. And there is this: he never expected any Return, as so many of his sort call it. There is the Parish case, the one that came in later. He was Niggle's neighbour, never did a stroke for him, and seldom showed any gratitude at all.
But there is no note in the Records that Niggle expected Parish's gratitude; he does not seem to have thought about it. I think you will find Niggle often merely forgot. Things he had to do for Parish he put out of his mind as a nuisance he had done with. I rather lay stress on that.
It seems plain that this was a genuine sacrifice: Niggle guessed that he was throwing away his last chance with his picture, and he guessed, too, that Parish was worrying unnecessarily.
It is your task, of course, to put the best interpretation on the facts. Sometimes they will bear it. What do you propose? Niggle thought that he had never heard anything so generous as that Voice. It made Gentle Treatment sound like a load of rich gifts, and the summons to a King's feast. Then suddenly Niggle felt ashamed. To hear that he was considered a case for Gentle Treatment overwhelmed him, and made him blush in the dark. It was like being publicly praised, when you and all the audience knew that the praise was not deserved.
Niggle hid his blushes in the rough blanket. There was a silence. Then the First Voice spoke to Niggle, quite close. I hope he is not very ill? Can you cure his leg? It used to give him a wretched time. And please don't worry about him and me. He was a very good neighbour, and let me have excellent potatoes very cheap, which saved me a lot of time.
Niggle heard the Voices receding. Tomorrow, if you like. He got up, and found that some comfortable clothes had been put out for him, not hospital uniform. After breakfast the doctor treated his sore hands, putting some salve on them that healed them at once. He gave Niggle some good advice, and a bottle of tonic in case he needed it.
In the middle of the morning they gave Niggle a biscuit and a glass of wine; and then they gave him a ticket. The sun was very bright. Also he had expected to walk out into a large town, to match the size of the station; but he did not.
He was on the top of a hill, green, bare, swept by a keen invigorating wind. Nobody else was about. Away down under the hill he could see the roof of the station shining. He walked downhill to the station briskly, but without hurry. The Porter spotted him at once. It looked as if this was their first run. Even the track that lay in front of the engine looked new: the rails shone, the chairs were painted green, and the sleepers gave off a delicious smell of fresh tar in the warm sunshine.
The coach was empty. The train moved off at once. Niggle lay back in his seat. The little engine puffed along in a deep cutting with high green banks, roofed with blue sky. It did not seem very long before the engine gave a whistle, the brakes were put on, and the train stopped. There was no station, and no signboard, only a flight of steps up the green embankment. At the top of the steps there was a wicket-gate in a trim hedge. By the gate stood his bicycle; at least, it looked like his, and there was a yellow label tied to the bars with niggle written on it in large black letters.
Niggle pushed open the gate, jumped on the bicycle, and went bowling downhill in the spring sunshine.
Before long he found that the path on which he had started had disappeared, and the bicycle was rolling along over a marvellous turf. It was green and close; and yet he could see every blade distinctly. He seemed to remember having seen or dreamed of that sweep of grass somewhere or other. The curves of the land were familiar somehow. Yes: the ground was becoming level, as it should, and now, of course, it was beginning to rise again.
A great green shadow came between him and the sun. Niggle looked up, and fell off his bicycle. Before him stood the Tree, his Tree, finished. If you could say that of a Tree that was alive, its leaves opening, its branches growing and bending in the wind that Niggle had so often felt or guessed, and had so often failed to catch. He gazed at the Tree, and slowly he lifted his arms and opened them wide. He was referring to his art, and also to the result; but he was using the word quite literally.
He went on looking at the Tree.
All the leaves he had ever laboured at were there, as he had imagined them rather than as he had made them; and there were others that had only budded in his mind, and many that might have budded, if only. Nothing was written on them, they were just exquisite leaves, yet they were dated as clear as a calendar. Some of the most beautiful-and the most characteristic, the most perfect examples of the Niggle style-were seen to have been produced in collaboration with Mr.
Parish: there was no other way of putting it. The birds were building in the Tree. Astonishing birds: how they sang! They were mating, hatching, growing wings, and flying away singing into the Forest, even while he looked at them.
For now he saw that the Forest was there too, opening out on either side, and marching away into the distance. The Mountains were glimmering far away. After a time Niggle turned towards the Forest. Not because he was tired of the Tree, but he seemed to have got it all clear in his mind now, and was aware of it, and of its growth, even when he was not looking at it. As he walked away, he discovered an odd thing: the Forest, of course, was a distant Forest, yet he could approach it, even enter it, without its losing that particular charm.
He had never before been able to walk into the distance without turning it into mere surroundings. It really added a considerable attraction to walking in the country, because, as you walked, new distances opened out; so that you now had doubled, treble, and quadruple distances, doubly, trebly, and quadruply enchanting.