Also, I want to make my initials into a sweet logo.

Also, I want to make my initials into a sweet logo.

So I've told you that I love J.R.R. Tolkien a million times.  What I haven't told you is why I love Tolkien.  And since today is his birthday (January 3rd 2014 would have made him 122), I figured I'd give you the run-down.

While I don't do it as often or as much as I ought to, I do write fiction.  So in the most basic sense, I want to be Tolkien.  To be more accurate, I want to produce something of the same caliber as the world he created, I want to capture people's imaginations the way he did, and I want to have a similar influence on the literary world.  I feel similarly about several other authors (Neil Gaiman and Jane Austen and maybe a few others), but Tolkien has a certain something that makes him my greatest inspiration and aspiration.

His world creation is probably still second to none, and I think that's something I really want to emulate.  You can keep your Narnia, your Westeros, and your Hogwarts, because when it comes to world-creation, Arda and Middle-Earth are the bottom line.  Something that really stuck with me when I read Tolkien's biography last year was the idea that his stories, his legendarium, were to him a kind of mythology for his home.  He created his works, but to him the writing was more like a discovery of true things than an invention of fiction.  That's a feeling, I think, that every writer strives for, and I know that I do.

That's enough rambling from me, I think.  Toast "the Professor" today, and happy birthday John Ronald!

Also I want to look like him when I'm old.

Also I want to look like him when I'm old.

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So, what do you think?