Apryl Anderson's Reviews > J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle Earth : A Biography

J.R.R. Tolkien by Daniel Grotta
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Jul 27, 11


(27.12.1993), I really enjoyed this biography. Here’s the story of a genius who knew the importance of the simplicity of a good story. His pretense was that language is created in order to really its own creation myth. And following that concept, he created the myth to support his own Elfin language.

Also found the ideas concerning the need for fantasy very relevant.

“After establishing the need for and the appeal in our society, Tolkien preceded to analyze in detail just how successful fantasy allows the reader to voluntarily suspend disbelief (to paraphrase Coleridge;s formula) and thereby accept fantasy as something ‘real’. Tolkien appreciated* that an important rule in the creation of fantasy is that a writer should use these things in the real (or primary) world with which he is most familiar. In fact, fantasy is made form components of the real world, and must therefore be consistent with itself, and in agreement with natural law (and by deduction, God’s world.) Such a world or universe cannot make a mockery of our senses and sensibilities, and though it may introduce such obviously impossible ideas as one-eyed giants or invisible elves, there must be logic and consistency even in the absurd.”

Interesting concept.

Also, there was a very fine line between allegory and a pure tale. How can one avoid allegory when he delves into Good & Evil? If the emotional scars resulting from a WWI battlefield are no premonition of Armagedon, then who is more capable of describing the Last War?

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