Skip to comments.Tolkien and Dickens descendants collaborate on children’s fantasy
Posted on 08/18/2010 10:03:42 PM PDT by Immerito
Tolkien and Dickens descendants collaborate on childrens fantasy
August 11th, 2010 by xoanon
Poet Michael GR Tolkiens reworking of classic childrens fantasy is read for audiobook by Charles Dickenss great-great grandson. It is a match made in publicists heaven: the grandson of JRR Tolkien and the great-great grandson of Charles Dickens have collaborated for the first time on a verse retelling of a classic fantasy story.
Poet Michael GR Tolkien, the eldest grandson of the Lord of the Rings author, was inspired by Florence Bones prose fantasy for children, The Rose-Coloured Wish, first published in 1923. Telling the story of two children who set out to use an evil enchanters wishing chain of stones to save their alpine valley, only to fall into trouble, the book was read to Tolkien in the 40s and 50s as a child, and he in turn read it to his own children.
(Excerpt) Read more at theonering.net ...
That’s pretty great. Would love to read it.
Possible Ring Ping?!?
My G-Grandad was a skilled carpenter, aircraft navigator and linguist who spoke 3 languages. I’m not. All I’m saying is, just because these people are descended from literary titans, doesn’t mean they’re great authors in their own right. This collaboration could make the average Star-Wars/Battlestar Galactica Fanfic crossover seem compelling by comparison for all we know...
Unfortunately, neither literary talent nor imagination is hereditary.
Do keep in mind, from the article, Mr. Tolkien is reworking the story found in an older work by another author, and Mr. Dickens is reading it aloud for an audio book. By the way, while generally accurate, the generalization about some things not necessarily being hereditary, does occasionally run aground. When you get a chance, look up the mid-nineties work by a band called Bloodline, then note the names of some of the members. ;)
Little Nell meets Frodo?
The great-great-grandchildren of Edison and Ford should get together and solve this electric car problem.
Uriah Heep played by Gollum.
True indeed, but the audio book might be worth a listen.
Then again, it might not. :-)
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