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The Lord of the Rings


Comment on Lord of the Rings

Boring books, filmed in New Zealand. I voted "no".

Comment on The Lord of the Rings posted 2008-07-01 by Tabitha Twistleton from London


Comment on Lord of the Rings

Pretentious twaddle. Overly long books and now overly-hyped films. Not what I want people to think of when they think of England.

Comment on The Lord of the Rings posted 2006-12-14 by alex from lancashire


Comment on Lord of the Rings

Tolkien was a professional English academic who played a significant role in the creation of the school of English Literature at the University of Oxford which, up to the 1960s, had a major role in the training of English teachers and therefore in the dissemination of English identity as expressed in language and literature. In a letter written in 1951, Tolkien made very plain the intentions which lay behind the creation of The Lord of the Rings: ?I was from early days grieved by the poverty of my own beloved country; it had no stories of its own [bound up with its tongue and soil], not of the quality that I sought, and found [as an ingredient] in the legends of other lands?..I had a mind to make a body of more or less connected legend, ranging from the large and cosmogenic, to the level of romantic fairy-story ? the larger founded on the lesser in contact with the earth, the lesser drawing splendour from the vast backcloths ? which I could dedicate simply to: to England; to my country?. Tolkien?s intentions could not be plainer, nor could his credentials for the task, as one of the most important English academics of the early twentieth century, be in question.

Comment on The Lord of the Rings posted 2006-11-12 by Charles Stephens from london


Comment on Lord of the Rings

Represents the best of British literary works, is a fantasy allegory of British history

Comment on The Lord of the Rings posted 2006-08-09 by mark from Seattle, WA


Comment on Lord of the Rings

Do you really need an explanation?Tolkien did more for G.B. then all your politicians together...and,I must to addmit that Hobbiton reminds me on some of the descriptions of England.

Comment on The Lord of the Rings posted 2006-05-01 by Aleksandar from Krusevac,Serbia


Comment on Lord of the Rings

Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings as an alternate mythology for England, drawing heavily from his knowledge and love of the rich (albeit fragmented) poetry, runic script, heroic tales, culture and spiritual beliefs of our heathen Old English forefathers (and other Dark Age Germanic peoples) to create the locations and inhabitants of Middle-Earth. LOTR is a true Icon of England not only because it indulges the English passion for fine literature but it reflects and celebrates the enduring English folk spirit. From the triumph of the humble underdog Hobbits over great adversity to the echoes of our pre-Christian cultural origins in the Golden Hall of Edoras, The Lord of the Rings is a very English tale.

Comment on The Lord of the Rings posted 2006-01-18 by Ember Radford from Devon


Comment on Lord of the Rings

J.R.R. VISITED my neighbour farm as a lad to visit his aunt it was called " BAGEND". Now glories under another name! There are several locations around that are similar to those he wrote about, including a farthing lane! I like to think I live in Middle England.

Comment on The Lord of the Rings posted 2006-01-12 by Peter Steel from wr7-4jw