Ye Olde Republic wrote:You're right Katie, it has. Or at least it's been started and I know this because I keep trying to bring it up. I should stop trying to pigeon-hole only LOTR as my subject though because I really do mean all it's offspring too. It's too bad that my style of asking the question usually turns it into some kind of fight but I wish I could find one of those other topics.
I seem to recall reading an essay or something in an intro to Tolkien's works that one of the motivating factors behind his development of LOTR and related works was his view that Britain actually lacked a cohesive mythology native to the land. (But it was so long ago when I read it I may totally be misremembering things.) I'd posit the idea that LOTR -- and fantasy in general -- is a reflection of the more historical body of literature you allude to. I also think it's hard to make distinctions between genres which are any more precise than big fuzzy grey areas. I mean, where would Beowulf and the Arthurian tales fit into the scheme? Also, when you get down to it, I suspect that most historians are only spinning their own brand of fantasy.
Ye Olde Republic wrote:The last 'castle book' I really remember reading was a time travel book written by Micheal Crichton called Timeline. The book is excellent, as most of Chricton's are, but the movie adaptation, while a somewhat fun watch is lacking a lot.
Highwayman wrote:I am particularly interested in reading the Ranger's Apprentice series...
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