I was digging through some academic databases today and was very happy to see how much writing they have about Tolkien. I found something that made me laugh. We’re going to be talking a lot about the influence Tolkien has had on our culture and our literature in the coming month, but this was an unexpected appearance:
This is slightly off schedule and tomorrow I’ll still be talking about the origins of The Hobbit, but I also want to put this article out there for you.
From the Christian Science Monitor: Tea Party Hobbits? Hardly, Say Indignant Tolkien Scholars.
The article is a response from Tolkien scholars who are taking serious issue with this characterization!
It made me laugh. If you’ve been following the news you’ve heard the Tea Party called a whole lot of things, both positive and negative. But I’d never before thought of them as little tiny people with big hairy feet who can’t lay off the Sweet Leaf.
If any of you find other unusual mentions of anything Tolkienesque, please send them to me and I’ll get them posted.