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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