Christopher Tolkien – Memorial Monday

One literary figure that is often forgotten when it comes to fantasy work is Christopher Tolkien. This man compiled much of J.R.R. Tolkien’s (Christopher’s father) writings and produced the books we now know and love: Unfinished Tales, The Silmarillion, etc.

Christopher also edited a lot of his father’s books and helped bring to life the world of Middle Earth. Good job, sir.

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Memorial Monday

J.R.R. Tolkien was the one who created the fantastical world of Middle Earth. Full of elves, hobbits, dwarves, and many other mythical creatures, Middle Earth has given generations of people a place to escape from the real world. As a known pipe smoker and an esteemed fantasy writer, this man has forever changed the world of fiction. I know this may not seem important to some people, but I deem Tolkien worthy of being praised for his work.

 

If you disagree with me, then just look at how popular Harry Potter is. J.K. Rowling took many ideas from Tolkien’s works and used them in Harry Potter. But let us not get caught up in senselessly arguing about this.

 

I would also like to commend Peter Jackson, the screenplay writers, and everyone else involved in the creation of The Lord of the Rings movies for their fruitful efforts and fabulous work. These people really brought Middle Earth to life and heightened its popularity extremely. The Hobbit movie is coming out soon and I am very much looking forward to it. Because Peter Jackson and Howard Shore are involved with the making of it, I believe it will be a most excellent film.

 

This is my favourite poem by J.R.R. Tolkien:

“All that is gold does not glitter,

not all those who wander are lost;

the old that is strong does not wither,

deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,

a light from the shadows shall spring;

renewed shall be blade that was broken,

the crownless again shall be king.”