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19194another Tolkien mention

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  • John D Rateliff
    Dec 4, 2007
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      Here's a passing mention of Tolkien I came across recently in a
      little booklet put out by the British Museum. It's one of a series of
      chapbooks, each sixty-four pages long and plentifully illustrated,
      and each devoted to a single artifact from their collection. This
      quote comes from near the end of THE SUTTON HOO HELMET by Sonja
      Marzinzik [2007] (page 60):

      "The Sutton Hoo helmet has lost none of its fascination. It
      adorns the cover of novels, scholarly and popular publications.
      Replicas, sometimes barely recognizable, can be bought over the
      internet and its discovery has inspired artists, film makers,
      designers and writers. J.R.R. Tolkien, for instance, had only written
      the first few chapters of the 'Lord of the Rings', when the 1939
      excavations made headlines. He later repeatedly referred to the ship
      burial and it may well have influenced his description of barrow
      wights and the burial mounds of Rohan."

      Yet another attempt to 'claim' Tolkien and add the luster of his
      reputation to the subject at hand, though at least there's some
      justification here. Though in point of fact Tolkien's account of a
      mound-burial doesn't follow either BEOWULF or Sutton Hoo in detail,
      so far as I can tell.

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