Friday, March 27, 2009


One of the things Tokien wanted people to do with his tales was to use them as a background mythology, much as Ancient Greeks and Mideval Christians used the pagan myths to get inspiration for their own works. To see an example of it,



Jo March said...

Hmmm...interesting. So when I want to write, but have no inspiration, I should take my cue from Tolkien and be inspired by his that what you mean?

God bless,

Ancient Greek Philosopher said...

Old Fashioned Liberal might not notice your comment, as this is an old post (the only reason I noticed it is because I have comment moderation on). Anyway, I don't think that's quite what he means. I think he's talking about Tolkien using mythology, and that's certainly what he did. Correct me if I'm wrong, Old Fashioned Liberal.

Old Fashioned Liberal said...

Although Tolkien definitely used mythology to help write his stories, my point was that we could use his stories as the background for our own works. Tolkien encouraged this himself, though I can't say I've ever encountered people who took him seriously on it. If it really matters to you, Jo March was right.