Re: [mythsoc] Re: Illustrated Edi tion of [de la Motte Fouqué's] "The Magic Ring"
- WendellWag@... wrote:
> Thanks, Jason. Back in the late 1960's and early 1970's, it seemed likeIn the case of de la Motte Fouqué, the association was made as
> 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?
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
- 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).