Monday, April 23, 2012

A to Z Challenge: My Favorite Storytellers-- T

Despite having often expressing quite emphatically that fantasy just isn't the genre for me, I have to make some room on the list for the man who essentially defined the modern fantasy genre.T is for...

J.R.R. Tolkien 

Ok, so, aside from defining an entire literary genre (high fantasy) and creating one of the most intricate, and epic stories of our time (Lord of the Ring), Mr. John Ronald Rueul Tolkien was born in South Africa. He suffered from horrible arachnophobia, potentially brought on by being bitten by a huge "baboon" spider as a kid. If it sounds intimidating, it is... look at that thing!

Tolkien had a totally Victorian, torrid relationship with his wife prior to marrying, including forbidding parents, another fiance, and rekindling their relationship beneath a railway trestle. Sounds like a movie in the making! Or an episode of Downton Abbey.

I'm sure many of us have read Tolkien, but I always love hearing how LOTR impacts people. Anyone got any good Tolkien stories?


  1. They should make a movie of Tolkien's life and especially his romantic life. Now that sounds like an intriguing one. :)

  2. No stories, however really enjoyed, "Lord of the Rings!"

  3. I don't like spiders, so I'm glad that picture is not the real thing! LOTR is awesome.

  4. I loved ALL the LOTR books as a kid. I need to reread them now for an even greater appreciation. I actually just read a really good book, The Quaker State Affair, that used LOTR references throughout (calling China, Mordor). I loved it!