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(BBC)   The ring that inspired the Tolkien's One Ring goes on display amid high security because it's precious   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 4
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2013-04-03 12:39:29 PM  
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give me doughnuts: dryknife: Tolkien was a hack.

He was more interested in creating languages and a mythology than he was in being a writer.
What he really needed was a competent editor.


He wrote what he wanted to write, not what he thought would sell. He was brilliant (oh to have half his imagination) but not constrained by the popular market. He wasn't, and never tried to be, a "popular writer."
2013-04-03 12:44:17 PM  
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give me doughnuts: dryknife: Tolkien was a hack.

He was more interested in creating languages and a mythology than he was in being a writer.
What he really needed was a competent editor.


He was a professor at Oxford who studied Anglo-Saxon and medieval literature and languages.  He wrote a book for his sons called The Hobbit.  The university was complaining that he wasn't accomplishing anything so he had it published.  It did well enough that he was asked to write a sequel, which he eventually did.  Most of what he wrote, including all of the appendices and the Silmarillion, was self-indulgent world-building for his own amusement.  During his lifetime, people knew that.  The really obtuse stuff wasn't published until after his death for various unkind motives that have been attributed to his son Christopher.

His work makes a lot more sense if you're also familiar with the manuscripts that he studied academically (egBeowulf or Sir Gawain and the Green Knight).  However, the genre of fantasy would be completely unrecognizable today without his work.
2013-04-03 10:19:35 AM  
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cgraves67: cgraves67: Xythero: give me doughnuts: When he wrote "The Hobbit", there was no "Sauron's One Ring", yet. It was just a magic ring that let the wearer become invisible.

Yeah.  I thought the "One Ring" stuff was inspired by Wagner's operas.

I thought he was inspired by Herodotus' "Ring of Gyges".

er. I probably should've looked it up first. The version of the story with the magic ring was by Plato, not Herodotus.


Wow, it's almost like these archetypal stories get told over and over, changing only slightly as they move between cultures and through time.
2013-04-03 09:44:57 AM  
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They should have just let their girlfriend hold on to it for a while.
 
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