"HOW SHALL WE THEN LIVE?" Francis Schaeffer
Monday, October 03, 2005
Tolkien, R.I.P.By Guy Davenport
EDITOR'S NOTE:National Review is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week. Throughout the week, NRO will run some pieces from the archives to help take a trip down memory lane. This piece appeared in the September 28, 1973, issue of National Review.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, who died a fortnight ago in his 81st year, was as much a writer of his time as the archetypical modern from whom he seemed to differ so radically and so sharply. All the arts of our century have been revivals of forms long abandoned. Joyce was our Homer, Pound our Dante. Tolkien dared to resuscitate romance, a form requiring the genius of a Rabelais or Spenser, a form which was shattered after its brilliant flowering in the hands of Boiardo and Ariosto by the publication of Don Quixote. Thereafter the demon realism ruled the roost. MORE
My adult son is the family sci/fi and myth guy. But somehow or another I discovered THE HOBBIT and then LORD OF THE RINGS back in the 70’s. I’ve never been the same. As I came towards the end of the trilogy I was so saddened that the ending was near. I LOVED the books and I’ve been a large fan of J.R.R. Tolkien since. (However I can’t hold a candle to my son who can quote page & verse.)
Tolkien been gone awhile now but his reputation has only grown exponentially – deservedly so.
“J.R.R. I KNOW you Rest In Peace.” JB
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