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Tolkien's LOTR Battles Inspired by WW1


Feb 24 2014, 11:02pm

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Tolkien's LOTR Battles Inspired by WW1 Can't Post

Hi everyone, I've found a nice little article from the Birmingham Mail talking about Tolkien in World War 1 and how his experiences led him to create the battles we see in Lord of the Rings.

Article here: http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/tolkiens-lord-rings-battle-scenes-6734894

I'm glad the BBC and our media is talking about Tolkien as we approach the Centenary of World War 1.

I thought it'd be nice to share with you all


Feb 25 2014, 1:16am

Post #2 of 4 (98 views)
Thanks for this [In reply to] Can't Post

I do believe that much of LOTR is Tolkien trying to come to terms with his war experiences. That aspect alone makes it more "real" to me than many other fantasy stories.

"It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule." Gandalf, "The Last Debate."


Feb 25 2014, 1:34am

Post #3 of 4 (99 views)
you might enjoy the book, "Tolkien and the Great War," by John Garth [In reply to] Can't Post

and if one were to google : Tolkien Battle Somme...

one would find a lot of good reading.

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Feb 25 2014, 8:07am

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Haven't had time to read the article becauseI am off to work now [In reply to] Can't Post

But I heard that Helm's Deep was based on Rorke's Drift and Théoden's last ride was based on that of Theodric I's similar demise.


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