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Neither Grotta nor even Ready is the worst Tolkien bio

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  • William Cloud Hicklin
    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,
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 18, 2007
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      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.
      Lewis.
      * 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
      "silenced".
      * 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
      Tolkien fans......
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