To you, Tolkien is....

Discussion in 'J.R.R. Tolkien : The Creator of Middle-earth' started by Beorn, Sep 14, 2003.

  1. Elwen of Gondor

    Elwen of Gondor shieldmaiden at heart

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    TOUCHING

    I'd have to go with this word because Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings has touched me in ways other books never could. I've noticed Frank Herbert's Dune mentioned here...that book dazzled me until I picked up The Lord of the Rings. After that I felt like nothing could compare. Lord of the Rings struck an immensely profound chord in me. I don't know how to explain it. The book resonated on so many levels with me and it left me changed in thought, spirit, and word. Lord of the Rings is at its core a touching story of friendship, love, heroism, goodness, and humble greatness. It is the story to end all stories. An amazing amalgam of fantasy, language, action, profound themes, and just good ol' storytelling.

    Tolkien has ruined me for other stories...but I can't say I'm complaining :)

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  2. Helcaraxë

    Helcaraxë The Grinding Ice

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    He's a cartographer. He makes maps of things we could never have dreamed of. Not physical maps, of course.

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  3. pipin

    pipin misery loves company

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    tolkien is god

    he rocks he is the best writer inthe world :D
     
  4. HLGStrider

    HLGStrider All Knowing Magic Cat

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    When I saw the title of your post pipin, the first thing that came to mind was "Tolkien is Catholic. . ." then came that "I am God" scene from Ground Hogs Day. . .hehe.
     

  5. greypilgrim

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    All of the above, and...

    my word for tolkien is....INSANE...literally.

    There just is no other way to describe a man's mind that can paper it like he did.
     
  6. joxy

    joxy Registered User

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    Apart from a few guys in Greece 2500 years ago, and a whole lot of people ever since....
     
  7. Beorn

    Beorn In the shadows Staff Member

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    Fantasy always a genre. It didn't become a major genre until The Lord of the Rings, hence 'movement.'
     
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    Arvedui Stargazer

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    To me, Tolkien is great.
    If it was allowed to use more than one word, I'd say a lot more. Great is sort of not enough.
    I am always awestruck by the complexity in the works, the focus on the most minute details (although I still wonder who King Bladorthin was). And you can't get a clear picture on how much work he put into his books by just reading The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. It is when you have read through Unfinished Tales, Letters, and the HoME-series it really strikes you what an effort those three first-mentioned books really were.
     
  9. glirhuin

    glirhuin the musician-now dark

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    for me tolkien is the best writer in the world, a genious, the most imaginary person in the world.
    I think eru gave him a lot of his power¨. :rolleyes:
     
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    rs691919 Registered User

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    I like the Webmaster's chosen word: storyteller. Tolkien was a masterful storyteller. But it doesn't do him justice because it is not just the way he tells the story, but the story that he tells.

    And ultimately that story is about hope, and that is what Tolkien is to me. Especially to someone like myself who is not religious, who is an irretrievable cynic and pessimist, he represents the hope that there is something better just down the road as long as despair is placed in a forgotten corner; that even while the city burns and the Enemy is at the Gate, the rooster may crow and the horns may echo in the mountainside.

    I think the following passage really sums up the man and his writing:

     
  11. Heathertoes

    Heathertoes Still want to punch PJ

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    ...not Peter Jackson. There is no higher praise.
     
  12. greypilgrim

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    I agree. He is the Godfather of all things fantasy these days. When he wrote the Hobbit/LoTR/Sil it was like the earth shifted in the realm of fantasy writing. Couldn't have said it better myself.
     
  13. Eternity

    Eternity Umm... Tolkien fan? ^^

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    To me Tolkien is the best writer I know. And some kind of genius. :) I like the word "storyteller" too. That´s what he is.
     
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    Morgoth Bauglir

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  15. Elbereth

    Elbereth Star Queen of Valinor

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    He is a creative mind who changed how we see fantasy. And not to mention he is a talented author ;)
     
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    Amarië I Aear cân ven

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    I wish I had the imagination or time to create something half as magnificent as he did.

    ~A~
     
  17. Kristaline

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    Inspiration.

    When I first was introduced to Tolkien via a teacher who read the Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, I was facinated by a series of books written in a whole new world. I grew up in the middle of nowhere and I had no idea of the great things people could think. It is responsible for my love of this genre of books and writing.
     
  18. Firawyn

    Firawyn Verbatim et litteratim.

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    Tolkien is(well technically was)...let's see...honorable.

    That is a good description, I think.
     
  19. baragund

    baragund Brother in Arms

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    GENIUS

    Anybody who can create an entire universe/mythology out of his imagination in that much detail, where things fit together as well as they did, has GOT to be touched by genius.
     
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    Expert story-teller and a genius
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