Today I would like to feel you up on something–wait, no, feel you out–on something that I’ve been thinking about doing for a while. I’ve been reading a lot about JRR Tolkien and some scholarly work about his writing. It has all been fascinating for me, but I grew up reading The Lord Of The Rings every other day and haven’t ever really known a life without Tolkien’s work in it.
I am considering dedicating September to Tolkien, his books, linking to various articles about him that I think are worth reading, and whatever else I can find to say about him.
For instance, did you know that Frodo was originally going to be called Bingo? And that Strider was going to be called Trotter? Bingo and Trotter? I’m glad that didn’t pan out. It would also give me/us a chance to talk in more depth about the history, purpose, pros and cons of fantasy literature, as well as the challenges Tolkien has created for other fantasy writers seeking to carve out their own niche in the genre.
It is almost impossible to escape Tolkien’s shadow when discussing works by subsequent authors, or even games like Dungeons & Dragons.
I’d love to hear whether this idea intrigues you, repels you, or whether you’re totally indifferent. If I decide to do it I’ll do it regardless of the feedback, but I am curious.
October is the annual horrorfest, so that entire month is blocked out in honor of great darkness and ghost stories, but I’ve never blocked out a month for anything else like I’m considering with Tolkien.