Re: [mythsoc] Edison
- Quick version: Tolkien didn't discover ERE's work until the early
'40s (1942 I think). He admired THE WORM greatly, aside from the
nomenclature, which he found rather silly (Lord Spitfire was, in
retrospect, particularly unfortunate). He didn't think much of
Eddison's philosophy, though, and since that dominates his later
works he liked them less. Eddison did influence THE LORD OF THE
RINGS, but only in a few scenes later in the work (Pippin & the
palantir, Saruman's treacherous attack on Frodo). Both men drew on
the sagas, but ERE added to that a strong influx from Eliz/Jacobean
revenge tragedy, which was entirely unTolkienesque, while JRRT's
concern for the common man is entirely unEddisonian.
Does that help? For more, I'd recommend Paul Thomas's excellent
editions, with their outstanding introductions and extensive endnotes.
On Mar 19, 2009, at 10:25 AM, John Davis wrote:
> Does anyone know what, if anything, Tolkien thought of Edison (Worm
> Ouroboros)? I read in Wikipedia that Tolkien 'praised it', but does
> anyone have any more details? Did it influence him, or were they
> both influenced by the same earlier texts?
> Just curious really...!