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"Much more than a childish prequel to The Lord of the Rings"

dernwyn
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Sep 21 2017, 4:00pm

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"Much more than a childish prequel to The Lord of the Rings" Can't Post

A nice article posted in The Guardian today: https://www.theguardian.com/...r-tolkien?CMP=twt_gu

Happy Birth-day, Hobbit! Heart


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squire
Half-elven


Sep 21 2017, 5:09pm

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Ah, maybe some of the writing could have been fact-checked [In reply to] Can't Post

Edmund Wilson's famous ascription of "juvenile trash" was to The Lord of the Rings, not The Hobbit. Unfortunately Mr. Barnett screws that reference up, and then the publisher puts the reference in the headline lead. That's of a piece with the whole essay, which throughout confuses The Hobbit with its sequel in terms of Tolkien's impact on the fantasy genre.

In fact The Hobbit was fabulously well-received when it was published; and Mr. Barnett is not the first to take it more seriously than that first generation of parents and children, since its connection to LotR has been understood by perceptive critics.



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FarFromHome
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Sep 21 2017, 8:27pm

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the link that "supports" the the "juvenile trash" quote actually makes it clear that Wilson was referring to LotR. I suppose the editor must have added the link too, not noticing that it contradicts the text of the article. In fact it's odd that the writer of the article could have made the mistake in the first place, since what would be the point of criticising a children's book for being juvenile anyway!

They went in, and Sam shut the door.
But even as he did so, he heard suddenly,
deep and unstilled,
the sigh and murmur of the Sea upon the shores of Middle-earth.
From the unpublished Epilogue to the Lord of the Rings



squire
Half-elven


Sep 22 2017, 5:53pm

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... that the writer just wanted to recycle the old reliable article about how Tolkien - that is, about how The Lord of the Rings - is actually a respectable book (and film) and not just kid stuff. 'The Guardian' loves that article, as do all Tolkien fans.

But the only hook available this month was The Hobbit publication anniversary. So he wrote the article by substituting The Hobbit wherever The Lord of the Rings should go.

Well, maybe not quite like that. But still ...



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