Tolkien's "True Myth": Biblical Mythology
- Greetings, All,
This might be slightly off topic, but I have just run across a new
book that Tolkien may have described as one of the "true myths." It
is the story of Noah and his family in the five years before the
Flood described in Genesis. Interestingly enough, the author, who is
only 19 years old, says on the back of the book that her favourite
authors are J.R.R. Tolkien, George MacDonald, and C.S. Lewis. She
uses two quotes from Tolkien's poem, "The Nameless Land" from _The
Book of Lost Tales II_ in the beginnings of two of her chapters.
I enjoyed the book, and its true-mythical aspects, although it is
clear that this is her first book, by the writing style (which is
not bad; merely underdeveloped.)
Oh, by the way, it's called _Sight of the Sea_. Her website on the
One of the most interesting parts in the book is actually in the
author notes, when she notes Tolkien as being one of the best
writers of all time. "Imagine if Einstein, Michelangelo, or J.R.R.
Tolkien had lived nearly a millennium; they certainly would have had
a chance to perfect their art!"
Another interesting thing - The cover art is done by a Tolkien
artist named Anke Eissmann. The painting is called "The Fostering of
Valentine de V.