Neither Grotta nor even Ready is the worst Tolkien bio
- That dubious distinction has to go to Ake Ohlmarks,
notorious Swedish translator of The Lord of the Rings.
From http://sswftapa.blogspot.com/ :
"In 1982, after a mysterious fire in his house which he
for obscure reasons blamed on some Tolkien fans who had
been visiting earlier that evening, [Ohlmarks] wrote a
vicious, disgusting little book called Tolkien och den
svarta magin [Tolkien and Black Magic]. In this amazing
concoction of half-lies, half-truths, innuendo, tabloid
journalism, and pseudo-scholarship he makes a number of
doubtful assertions such as
* Tolkien was a closet Nazi sympathiser, at least
before the war. The basis for this erroneous claim was
that many leading German philologists had been members
of the Nazi Parti during the war, and Tolkien was a
philologist. Also, the character Saruman, who had been
on the side of good but turned to evil, was "obviously"
based on Hitler. And the name "Saruman" was obviously
the same as "SA man" with a Germanic "Ruhm" in the
middle meaning "honour". (Ohlmarks does not, however,
mention that he himself spent the years 1941 to 1945
teaching Swedish at the university of Greifswald.
Which, by the way, is in Germany.)
* Tolkien was a bad writer and the good parts of The
Lord of the Rings must have been written by C. S.
* The Tolkien Society is a huge international
conspiracy or mafia bent on world domination, and
anyone who tries to go up against them will be quietly
* Tolkien fans are degenerate people who are
contemptuous of the noble working class, abuse alcohol
and drugs, indulge in kinky sexual orgies, beat up old
people, sacrifice children, and worship Satan."
Rats! Obviously I've been hanging around the wrong