marxism-digest V1 #5292

Ian Willmore ianw at foe.co.uk
Thu Dec 19 03:36:43 MST 2002


Re: LOTR trashing

I like the movies very much - boo to any bourgeois critics who disagree (most UK critics like them).

But the LOTR book is really unreadable for anyone aged over about 21. Tolkein used to insist on reading extracts from his meisterwerk to the assembled "Inklings", the ghastly group of
tweedy Oxford Christian reactionaries to which both he and Lewis belonged.

As Tolkein began yet another chapter of his saga, it is alleged that a sigh was heard from the back of the room - "Oh no, not another fucking elf ...".

Tolkeinists dispute the veracity of this story, but it deserves to be true.


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