To celebrate J.R.R. Tolkien’s 125th birthday, Simon Tolkien, his grandson and author of No Man’s Land, chatted to the BBC about how the war inspired his grandfather to write The Lord of the Rings.
- 1 What is Lord of the Rings inspired by?
- 2 Was Lord of the Rings based on history?
- 3 Is Harry Potter inspired by Lord of the Rings?
- 4 What was The Hobbit based on?
- 5 Why does LOTR feel so real?
- 6 Did J.K. Rowling borrow from Lord of the Rings?
- 7 Where did J.K. Rowling get her inspiration?
- 8 Did J.K. Rowling plagiarize Harry Potter?
- 9 What race was Smeagol?
- 10 Why Tolkien wrote Lord of the Rings?
What is Lord of the Rings inspired by?
During a year-long convalescence in Yorkshire from trench fever contracted in the hellish mud-filled landscape of World War I France, J. R. R. Tolkien found the spark of inspiration for the tale that became the cornerstone for The Hobbit and The Lord of Rings.
Was Lord of the Rings based on history?
Of course LOTR is based on history. It is the mythological history of the non-longer-mythological world we live in, including explaining how the seas were bent.
Is Harry Potter inspired by Lord of the Rings?
Because The Lord of the Rings was written several decades before Harry Potter was, many think all those similarities between the two works aren’t coincidence or inspiration, but rather a copy of one another. However, there are some actual similarities in Harry Potter that have copied The Lord of the Rings.
What was The Hobbit based on?
An Oxford professor from 1925 to 1945, Tolkien was heavily inspired by the writings, languages and fantasies of Icelandic linguistic traditions, particularly Old Norse sagas like the Poetic Edda and Prose Edda.
Why does LOTR feel so real?
The impression of depth in The Lord of the Rings is an aesthetic effect deliberately sought by its author, J. R. R. Tolkien. It was intended to give the reader the feeling that the work had “deep roots in the past”, and hence that it was attractively authentic.
Did J.K. Rowling borrow from Lord of the Rings?
Even J.K. Rowling, the pinnacle of all human endeavor, is not immune to the temptation of borrowing —as evidenced by some of the stuff in her books that you might recognize from a little thing called The Lord of the Rings.
Where did J.K. Rowling get her inspiration?
J.K. Rowling first had the idea for Harry Potter while delayed on a train travelling from Manchester to London King’s Cross in 1990. Over the next five years, she began to plan out the seven books of the series. She wrote mostly in longhand and amassed a mountain of notes, many of which were on scraps of paper.
Did J.K. Rowling plagiarize Harry Potter?
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit accusing “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling with copying the work of another author when writing “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
What race was Smeagol?
According to The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, one of the real-life locations which inspired the creation of Rivendell was actually Lauterbrunnental in Switzerland. Tolkien had hiked the valley in 1911, and the surrounding scenery bears a striking resemblance to the description of Rivendell.
Why Tolkien wrote Lord of the Rings?
The reason J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings was that his readers wanted to read more about hobbits. Baggins seems to have exhibited so fully both the Took and the Baggins side of their nature” (Tolkien, “The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien”, p. 24).