Re: [mythsoc] Re: Illustrated Edition of Fouque's "The Magic Ring"
- Thanks, Jason. Back in the late 1960's and early 1970's, it seemed like every fantasy book that came out had to be labeled as "in the tradition of Tolkien" or "the inspiration for Tolkien," even when that was a hopeless stretch. Aren't we beyond that now? Can't a fantasy book be sold without having to relate it to Tolkien?Wendell WagnerIn a message dated 1/29/2010 10:25:31 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, visualweasel@... writes:Wendell,I realize this doesn’t quite answer the question you actually asked, but I think it gets to the heart of why you asked it. I don’t have a copy of the book either.From Doug Anderson’s “Book Notes” in Tolkien Studies 4 (2007): “Valancourt Books has reprinted in trade paperback the 1825 translation by Robert Pearse Gillies of The Magic Ring by Baron de la Motte Fouqué (ISBN 0977784126). Though advertised by the publisher as ‘one of the inspirations for Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings,’ the introduction by Amy H. Sturgis is much more cautious, claiming only that such works of German Romanticism as The Magic Ring influenced George MacDonald, and laid the foundation for Tolkien to follow afterward. Though Tolkien himself, in the printed record of his letters and essays, was oddly silent about works by the German Romantics, reprints of such neglected fantasies as The Magic Ring are welcome.” (pg. 324)See also this review (especially the second paragraph): http://www.sfsite. com/10a/mr233. htmBest,Jason
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What is the argument that Tolkien was influenced by "The Magic Ring"? Please, give me something other than just a reference to an article that claims this. Yeah, I could buy the book and read Amy Sturgis's introduction, but then I would already have bought the book. I'd like some detail about why it's supposed that Tolkien had been influenced by this book. I don't recall reading anything about it before.
- And of course George MacDonald's brief answer to the question "What is a fairy-tale?" was "Read 'Undine'" (in "The Fantastic Imagination," I believe).