I tried to read LotR roughly every three years. Same with Amber and Barsoom, and a few others. I wanted enough time so that it would seem sort of new and fresh, figuring that if I read it too quickly I would feel like I knew it _too_ well. I never seem to have that kind of time anymore.From 1974 to 1985 I read Lord of the Rings every year in the first week of September.
I’m not like that any more.
Are you sure they arn't the covers of Harry Potter and the Leopard Walk-Up-To Dragon? Th boot-legged harry potter book that copied the plot of The Hobbit?
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But there came at last a time when they, who had the knowledge only in trust, permitted themselves to think, to wish, and to plan for grasping the absolute control of the whole world. In this they sought to climb into the seat and place of the Supreme. Beyond the earth lies only the universe...
Isn't this basically the Tower of Babel story?It seems unlikely to me that Tolkien had ever read any Clymer, and this is probably just a coincidence. Clymer doesn’t describe exactly a military invasion of the realm of the divine, and given the cosmography that Tolkien created, having Numenor fall because of an attempt to reach the Undying Lands is a fairly obvious twist to introduce. But it would be interesting to know more about how Tolkien created his Numenor story.
From what I understand, he was mostly bemused by his fans. Especially in the 60s and 70s, when the hippies picked up on his pastiche of the Anglo Saxon Chronicle. Frodo Lives, man!
I first read The Lord of the Rings on a stoner hippie commune in Cowaramup in September 1974. It was the only book they had.From what I understand, he was mostly bemused by his fans. Especially in the 60s and 70s, when the hippies picked up on his pastiche of the Anglo Saxon Chronicle. Frodo Lives, man!