posted on Feb, 21 2007 @ 08:21 AM
I have an odd perspective. I played "rune quest" back in the 80's. I always played a dwarf character. My buddies were always elves or humans.
I saw the animated hobbit or lord of the rings movie, and I really didn't like it. Frodo was wimpy. They made the dwarves look stupid and clumsy,
so I took it personally. I was a dwarf guy
I started reading all kinds of fantasy, and got into books like terry brooks' shannarra series. I loved it, and ate it up. I read everything I
could get my hands on
I didn't read LOTR until I read the movies were being made
Since I read a lot of fantasy first, and then LOTR last, I can tell you everything is influenced heavily by LOTR.
Of course tolkein didn't invent elves and dwarfes, and it is based on norse mythologies, but the epic quest, the magic jewelry, the wise and powerful
but unpredictable wizard, its a blueprint used over and over.
I have since read the book, and the hobbit 4 times. I read it all the way through before each movie was released.
I love how he began writing the elvish language, then needed a story around it, and he writes LOTR ! amazing
I love the legend of him sitting in his study, and the first line to the hobbit just popped into his head.
"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."
Its like god wanted him to do it or something