I went to renew my poetic license today, but they said first I need to do an I exam

 

I shudder to say what I am about to say, but in this end of days, I would have to say, that Tolkien was the Harry Potter of my generation. Ok. That wasn’t pleasant. But I am alive. Not running to buy and ipad, but was less painful then I thought.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

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..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

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JRR Tolkien – Ringworm rambler

I was a big fan of Tolkien. I was also fat, had freckles, greasy hair and was dreaming a lot of scantily clad slim and acrobatic female elf warriors. The Tolkien thing passed after puberty. The female elf fantasy on the other hand, is still useful at times…

He invented a world full of amazingly diverse and complex races, generations of monarchs and histories that would knock your socks off. Oh, and don’t forget that some of these races had their own language. A real language, with runes, grammar, poems.

I shudder to say what I am about to say, but in this end of days, I would have to say, that Tolkien was the Harry Potter of my generation. Ok. That wasn’t pleasant. But I am alive. Not running to buy and ipad, but was less painful then I thought. But he was.
Tolkien was the fantastic refuge of the nerds and the under-sported (I am sure there is some PC term like that…the choose-me-at-soccer challenged. )

 
I wish life was not so short, he thought.
languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about.
 

When TV was three channels, one of them in color, and our world was the size of how far we can walk before we have to head back home for dinner, the hobbit and the lord of the rings opened not only a globe of opportunities but new worlds altogether, it was the flag of possible realms, of newly invented ancient lore.

 
Still round the corner there may wait,
A new road or a secret gate.
 

I think I read the hobbit at least ten times before high school. I read it again a couple of years ago. Still works. Less, as I am old cynical and my imagination is bruised from too many movie effects and over exposure to fantasy and science fiction through the years, but still worked.

 
If more of us valued food and cheer and song
above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world
 

And yes, I am one of those people who refused to go and see the ring trilogy in the cinemas. A friend brought me the DVD once. I turned it off after half an hour. Sorry. I might be a fundamentalist but this is sacrilege for me.

Tolkien, along with other fantasy writers like Zelanzy, piers Anthony, Moorcock and their generation were masters in provoking our imagination, tickling the creative part of our brains so it will put in all the pieces in that great image of worlds they created.

Fantasy books, like roll playing games in the style of dungeons & dragons were like steroids for a growing geek's mind. It was a gym of the brain's what-if part; they made us work for our satisfaction. Go to every geek's desk, and under the books and homework you would see childish drawings of dragons, warriors, weapons, castles, treasure maps…. It was part of the informal education that made geeks so brilliantly successful these days.

I used to sit and copy Elvish runes for hours, the poem of the rings, the signs, the fonts. It was indeed part of my extracurricular education, in full sense.
You just don’t get that from a movie. Other then the obvious fact that story is twisted and shortened to fit the timeframe, and the dialogues become Hollywoodian and flat, I don’t WANT to see exactly how the armies move, I don’t WANT to know exactly what is the decoration on the shield, I don’t WANT to be given the famous actor's face for my hero, my villain, or even my dragon.
Let me imagine this things. Please.

Tolkien will always have a place of honor in my life.
But without getting the huge benefit of using his work as a catalyst for your imagination, as oil on the bonfire of your hero's soul. Your adventurer's spirit…. It's just stories. It’s just a movie.
I miss imagination.
It's a sad generation.
They really don’t know what they are missing….

 

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,

One Ring to bring them all
and in the darkness bind them