To you, Tolkien is....

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  1. Beorn

    Beorn In the shadows Staff Member

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    Think of a word to describe J. R. R. Tolkien. To me, Tolkien is an innovator. He created a world, with history and a future, with good and evil, with love and with war. He started the Fantasy writing movement. Hundreds of writers, and dozens of famous authors based their works on Tolkien's ideas. There are even books to help understand his world. His letters are published. He has movies being made of his works.

    What is Tolkien, to you?
     
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    He's a genious! He put so much detail in all his writings that you could have been reading his books for years and still find out new things every day.
     

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    Celebthôl Loremaster

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    He is a minature God :p ;)
     
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    Tolkien is unique. He's the man.
     

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    A genius. the best writer in the world.
     
  6. HLGStrider

    HLGStrider All Knowing Magic Cat

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    A role model. . .
    I find that I resemble some of his quirks. . .but only the bad ones. I think I take critisism about as well as he did. . .not all that well if you read his biographies.
     
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    To me, Tolkien was a storyteller. He was also an inventor and a genius, all of the finest degree. His work has been the source of enjoyment, deliberation and inspiration to millions. He was a truly special man, and we are extremely fortunate to have had him exist in our time.
     
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  8. HLGStrider

    HLGStrider All Knowing Magic Cat

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    CHEATER! You were supposed to use one word.

    I used two, I suppose. . .
     
  9. Aglarthalion

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    Okay, I changed it now. ;)
     
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    Tolkien once remarked that he would like to be remembered simply as a storyteller, so my pick would be that -- Storyteller.
     
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    Tolkien to me is perfection in the field of science fiction. literally perfection
     
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    klugiglugus Edward hall

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    I hate to have to be the pseudo intellectualist here but Tolkien was non of these things, Tolkien was a product of a mono-cultured British society, a mono-cultured Europe, but most of all he was a product of good! The definition of good being that you protect your own people above all others, you fight hard, you struggle, you admire and create a great love for your people and in doing these things you almost acquire a divinity, a humble divinity.

    In a very Tacticus type of way we have lost these types of men in our culture because we no longer have the type of elements to produce them and in their place we have put things very foreign to Europe.

    To expand upon these things and make some things more clear I think we must first debate what Tolkien did in a more romantic sense.
     
  14. Zale

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    I hate to correct you all but Tolkien was a linguist. That was what his (paid) job was: a Professor of Linguistics at Oxford; and the languages came first, then ME.
     
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    Firstly, Britain has never been monocultured; the English northerners and southerners of this land never really understood one another (sometimes literally!) even though they shared the same colour skin; and that's before we mention Scotland and Wales. Tolkien was a west-midlander, and displayed cultural prejudice when he gave The Hobbit's Trolls cockney accents as much as in any portrayal of M.E. enemy armies. Yes, Tolkien loved England - the England that was fast disappearing as he grew up. His knowledge of other mythologies made him realise the paucity of our own, largely Christianised mythologies, and set about writing a believable mythology for England. I believe his mythology to be inspired, and he himself acknowledged that he did not write it 'alone'.

    It is impossible to give a single word definition of a man who has enriched us with such a mythology and at the same time ruined us for any other works which claim to be comparable and never are.

    His own name has become synonymous with his entire created world. It is ..... He is ..... Tolkien!
     
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    Genius.I am a writer myself and I couldn't make anything, that would be a one-hundredth of what that man's made.
     
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    What Tolkien was not was a good novelist. He was a brilliant storyteller, and a good linguist, and a rather grumpy man, and an intellectual, and probably at heart a Romantic, but (like many great writers), he was a terrible novelist.

    It gives me hope, it does.
     
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    The greatest author ever, author of the greatest book ever, and inventor of the greatest fantasy worlds ever. A great man.
     
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    Starbrow Tolkien Fan

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    INFLUENTIAL

    Not only did he write the greatest novel ever; but a whole genre of literature developed from his fantasy.
     
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    Ireth Telrúnya Wanderer

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    Tolkien is a relatively new discovery to me, though I'd have had enough time to read his works in the past...shame on me I dropped reading "Hobbit" back then. I needed to see the world of those movies before I could see his genius.
    I have even some studies of English Philology behind me and then met one teacher who probably was buried in the world of Tolkien, since she talked about him in the lectures. (sorry, despite my english studies, my grammar is sometimes not so good...)

    Right now I think Tolkien's creation is best among the scifi and fantasy literary that I know. Maybe he indeed was the one who created fantasy fiction.

    Frank Herbert and his "Dune" comes to mind. He also created a remarkable world of his own. Though he was not a philologist and didn't have any interest to create folklore and languages. He was more interested in religions and spirituality.

    I've read somewhere that Tolkien was a friend of C.S. Lewis, a well-known Christian fantasy fiction and scifi writer. And some say Tolkien was a Christian. Well, that term can be so fuzzy edged and mean many things depending on one's devotion.

    Anyway, I think Tolkien was a genius as a linguist and a philologist and his imagination knew no boundaries!
     

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