Preciousssssss!

It’sssss our Birthday!

As we all celebrate the great gift of this wonderful writer, let us reflect on the fact that if the Many Worlds Hypothesis is true and every possible variation on our universe exists somewhere, then we have cause to be grateful that we live in the universe that got “J. R. R. TOLKIEN’S LORD OF THE RINGS” and not ”SNORTERS JERK FILTH DROOLING”.

  • MarylandBill

    The only bad thing about Tolkien is that I cannot read read the Hobbit or the Lord of the Rings, or for that matter see the movies without getting a strong urge to smoke a Pipe. I have never smoked in my life… wouldn’t dream of smoking a cigarette or even trying a cigar… but he makes pipes seem so… I am not sure what….

  • Darren

    In celebration, a fun, and very short, bit of LOTR fan-fic.

  • Heather Price

    We got Tolkien and Shakespeare and only snippets of Vogon poetry. There is hope. ;)

  • ivan_the_mad

    This’ll put a spring in my step today :)

  • EdL

    Oh, but we CAN’T read Tolkien. He uses magic and the supernatural as a literary device. That’s just wrong and would be opening ourselves up to demonic influences. At least that’s what happens if you read Harry Potter which is also a work that uses magic as a literary device in the objectionable genre known as fantasy. Right? After only a few pages your head will rotate 360 degrees, you’ll start vomiting a substance resembling pea soup and climbing around on all fours on the ceiling.

    • http://www.chesterton.org Sean P. Dailey

      Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it, Edl.

      • Richard

        yep. sounds like fun times to me :)

    • http://davidgriffey.blogspot.com/ Dave G.

      I had a friend back in the day, and his parents wouldn’t let him watch the Rankin/Bass version of The Hobbit. He could watch all the teenage flicks like Porky’s or Fast Times he wanted. But not The Hobbit.

    • MarylandBill

      Not that I am opposed to Harry Potter, but there is a key difference between it and Tolkien’s universe; who performs the magic. In Harry Potter the wizards and witches are humans with a special gift. In Tolkien’s Universe, as far as I can tell, none of the heroic users of magic are human. The Wizards are essentially angels in human form, the other heroic users of magic are elves. The few humans who are referenced as using magic are generally evil and those who use the ring are themselves tempted to corruption. So I could see someone making a distinction between those works if you were someone who worried that children old enough to read those books were unable to distinguish fantasy from reality or that they would confuse the “magic” in Harry Potter with the very different ritual magic performed by modern magical practitioners.

      • Linebyline

        Have you read SDG’s article on the subject over at Decent Films Guide? Because what you’re saying sounds a whole lot like what he wrote there.

  • ChrisB

    ‘We have cause to be grateful that we live in the universe that got “J. R. R. TOLKIEN’S LORD OF THE RINGS” and not ”SNORTERS JERK FILTH DROOLING”.’

    Actually, we got both, and rather more of the latter than the former. But at least we did get the former.