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Re: [mythsoc] Re: Illustrated Edi tion of [de la Motte Fouqué's] "The Magic Ring"

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  • "Beregond, Anders Stenström"
    ... In the case of de la Motte Fouqué, the association was made as early as 1920, when Tolkien read The Fall of Gondolin to the Exeter Essay Club. See Scull
    Message 1 of 31 , Jan 29, 2010
      WendellWag@... wrote:

      > 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?

      In the case of de la Motte Fouqué, the association was made as
      early as 1920, when Tolkien read "The Fall of Gondolin" to the
      Exeter Essay Club. See Scull & Hammond's _Chronology_, 10 March 1920.
      So whether Tolkien ever read de la Motte Fouqué or not, he would
      at least have known that it was an author that others might compare him

      Chivalrous greetings,

    • dale nelson
      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). Dale
      Message 31 of 31 , Feb 1, 2010
        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).

        Dale Nelson

        From: John Rateliff <sacnoth@...>
        To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Sun, January 31, 2010 10:58:10 PM
        Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Re: Illustrated Edition of Fouque's "The Magic Ring"


        On Jan 31, 2010, at 7:27 AM, WendellWag@aol. com wrote:
        So does anyone here think that "The Magic Ring" is a great story?

        Haven't read it, though now that this new edition is out I probably will, once I track down a copy. 

           If you want a quick fix on whether or not you're likely to find it worth reading, an easy way to do so is to check out the same author's most famous work, UNDINE, conveniently reprinted in Doug Anderson's TALES BEFORE NARNIA.*  If you skim UNDINE (which shd also be available from any number of university libraries or possibly through interlibrary loan from your public library) and like it, you might want to follow up on THE MAGIC RING. If his masterpiece leaves you cold, you ought not to feel any compunction to read on (though I allow most authors the three-book rule, myself).

        --John R.

        *Doug notes that it's a work which CSL liked well enough to hunt down and read in the original German.


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