The Lord of The Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of The Rings has fascinated and intriqued me since I was first given a hard copy set of the books around 1980. Being at least bilingual (German and English, with laughable smidgeons of Latin, Spanish, French, and Italian thrown in) linguistics has been a field of interest of mine for longer than that. In particular I am always intrigued by the interpretation of language in the context of individual experience and learning.
J.R.R. Tolkien's enormous story reaches back into the distant past of our primal consciousness; That very depth from which the Bible was drawn, and Beowulf, and the Edda, and a thousand and one faery tales the globe over. In the same way that J. Michael Straczynski's Babylon 5 draws upon humanity's archetypical memory, so does J.R.R. Tolkien invoke a story that has passed beyond recall and become the very essence of our understanding of our selves and the world in which we live.
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