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comment by OftenBen

I'm thankful I read the Silmarillion, I didn't particularly enjoy the process. I hear that this is common.




kleinbl00  ·  111 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Got a little frisson reading Winter of the World because the Partisan slogan of the Spanish Civil War was "They Shall Not Pass." I've always found LoTR to be entirely too trivial, and Tolkien insisted it wasn't an allegory for squat... but once you've been dragged through a dramatization of the European Theater from 1907 to 1937 you begin to wonder.

OftenBen  ·  111 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've written less than you but I believe the phrase 'People write what they know' is more of a truism than not. How could he not incorporate elements from his world into his creation?

kleinbl00  ·  111 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Absolutely. Nonetheless, it took the triviality of LoTR down a few notches for me. The runup to WWII was a lot more nuanced than we, as postwar Americans, have learned.