Are you … a Tolkienist or a Ringer?

This individual strikes me as a hipster. S/he thinks s/he is cool for not liking what the mainstream likes. I call these individuals “rebels without a clue.” They just want to be seen as rebelling. By this they imply that they are thinking, intelligent people; because thinking, intelligent people *never* like anything mainstream. I think that believing that is a good way to cut off your nose to spite your face, and you become just as much a slave to the overculture as those who blindly embrace whatever the media releases. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with not liking the films – I have a friend I correspond with through roleplaying games and Spelljammer material who is adamantly opposed to them – but thinking that this somehow makes you “elite” is a childish self-delusion that is more suitable to high school politics than adult discussions on literature. Your answer to this is, you’re writing for Middle-Earth News. This person is not. 🙂

A Tolkienist's Perspective

Writing on the Ring


Tolkienist= an individual who studies, and is a fan of the works of J.R.R Tolkien

Ringer= an ardent reader of The Lord of the Rings – but more specifically, a fan of the films

A few days ago, I came across a post on an online forum with reference to this blog. The user kindly linked A Tolkienist’s Perspective to the post, under the heading “… very interesting Tolkien blogs”.

However, the user also went on to say about the blog:

“I think it’s a bit of a stretch to call yourself a tolkienist when you are so enthusiastic about the films”.The Two Towers illustration

But is it really such a stretch?

I have nothing against this individual whatsoever – and am thankful he or she posted the link to this blog. I also think there’s nothing wrong with what was written.

However, what confuses me is: why…

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