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Fellowship of the Ring 60th Anniversary: How the Masterpiece Reflects JRR Tolkien's WW1 Involvement
Yahoo News ^ | 7/29/14 | Lydia Smith

Posted on 07/31/2014 6:12:04 PM PDT by Kartographer

Although Tolkien vehemently denied the First World War had any direct influence on his fantasy masterpieces The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, fans and critics alike state otherwise. And albeit coincidentally, on the week commemorating the outbreak of the First World War, today marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of JRR Tolkien's fantasy masterpiece The Fellowship of the Ring, the first instalment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Funny how so many people want to tell authors what their work is about
1 posted on 07/31/2014 6:12:04 PM PDT by Kartographer
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His war experience could not have failed to affect his fiction, in which the battles map out in textbook War College fashion.


2 posted on 07/31/2014 6:16:09 PM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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Funny how so many people want to tell authors what their work is about

What else do you expect English professors to do? Well, except for Professor Tolkien.

3 posted on 07/31/2014 6:18:07 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (The IRS: either criminally irresponsible in backup procedures or criminally responsible of coverup.)
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Obviously the Hobbits were “the naïve farm boys” and the dwarfs “the industrial/mining class” and the Elves were the elite of society.

This is pretty confirmed in the silmarillion with the exceptions of the Hobbits.


4 posted on 07/31/2014 6:23:53 PM PDT by Perdogg (I'm on a no Carb diet- NO Christie Ayotte Romney or Bush)
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To: Tax-chick

pingferlater


5 posted on 07/31/2014 6:43:44 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (The Jews are waiting for Christ; the Protestants sing for Him; the Catholics eat Him.)
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Funny how so many people want to tell authors what their work is about

Reminds me of the scene with Rodney Dangerfield from the movie Back To School where he gets an F on a paper about Kurt Vonnegut because whoever wrote it didn't know the first thing about Vonnegut, then we find out that Rodney hired Vonnegut to write it.

6 posted on 07/31/2014 6:47:20 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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For those of you who wonder the why of my screen name.
7 posted on 07/31/2014 7:00:55 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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very nice map


8 posted on 07/31/2014 7:07:31 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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Thanks. If I say so myself the photo doesn’t do it justice, to light.


9 posted on 07/31/2014 7:10:08 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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Nice! I want...


10 posted on 07/31/2014 7:16:08 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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So you think it needs more of a worn look?


11 posted on 07/31/2014 7:16:46 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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This one is on the wall of my den. It is much darker with a much more ‘Aged’ look. You can make out the details on the map, but when you photograph it the details fade unless you lighten the photo.


12 posted on 07/31/2014 7:22:26 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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OK I get it.


13 posted on 07/31/2014 7:25:43 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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This is a map of the Hyborian World of Conan from Robert Howard's stories. It hangs in his old house turned museum in Cross Plains TX. You can see the 'aging' mush better.
14 posted on 07/31/2014 7:32:11 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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That map, or one quite similar, was on the wall of my dorm room in 1978.

Maps are cool.


15 posted on 07/31/2014 7:32:27 PM PDT by henkster (Do I really need a sarc tag?)
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It wasn’t this one as I drew this one myself. ;-)


16 posted on 07/31/2014 7:33:18 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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That is very cool.

Mordor is surrounded by mountains, did it represent Switzerland?

lol


17 posted on 07/31/2014 7:34:32 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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It was awfully similar. They sold prints at the Indiana Memorial Union.

PS: I've found the World War 2 German daily situatuion maps online. I crop the relevant portions to post on Homer_J_Simpson's daily World War 2 thread.

26 JUL 44 7a photo26JUL447a_zpsc48f57ca.jpg

They are beautiful maps.

18 posted on 07/31/2014 7:46:37 PM PDT by henkster (Do I really need a sarc tag?)
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exquisite—


19 posted on 07/31/2014 8:28:45 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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That map is really, really cool.

Here’s a great short essay by Gene Wolfe about Tolkien. He wrote to him in the 60s and Tolkien wrote back. It actually has a little poetry by Howard in the essay, if you can believe it.

http://www.thenightland.co.uk/MYWEB/wolfemountains.html

Freegards from the Tower of the Elephant


20 posted on 07/31/2014 8:41:38 PM PDT by Ransomed
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Thank you! Wonderful essay!


21 posted on 07/31/2014 9:07:46 PM PDT by kalee
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Yeah, pound for pound I haven’t come across anything that captures Tolkien better, or the impact of his books. But that’s Gene Wolfe for you. When I see a thread on FR about Tolkien I always try and post the link.

Freegards


22 posted on 07/31/2014 9:33:05 PM PDT by Ransomed
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Very interesting post, in so many ways. Bookmarking so I can digest all this at my leisure.


23 posted on 08/01/2014 5:14:01 AM PDT by AUsome Joy
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I tried my best to write an epic.


24 posted on 08/01/2014 7:04:04 AM PDT by Tolkien (Grace is the Essence of the Gospel; Gratitude is the Essence of Ethics.)
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