Re: [mythsoc] The first mention of Tolkien in a fiction
- View SourceWendell -
That's very interesting.
I presume the quote is not too long: would it be possible for you to give
it to us, with enough context (quoted or paraphrased) to make it clear why
the character is quoting _The Hobbit_?
At 08:48 AM 6/25/2002 , Wendell Wagner wrote:
>At the Knossos meeting (Knossos is our local Mythopoeic group) on Friday,
>Mimi Stevens mentioned a book that seems not to be known by Tolkien scholars.
> Mimi said that she first heard of Tolkien in a children's novel (one mention
>of it on a website says that it's intended to be read by 9- to 11-year-olds)
>that she read in 1950. The book is _The Invisible Island_ by Dean Marshall,
>published by E. P. Dutton in 1948. On page 127 of her copy (which was a
>third printing of the book from 1950), there's a place where one of the
>characters quotes from _The Hobbit_. There's a footnote at the same place
>saying that _The Hobbit_ is by J. R. R. Tolkien.
>Marshall is an American author whose full name was Clara Dean Marshall. She
>was a librarian in Connecticut. All her books are long out of print. It may
>be easier to try to find the book in a library that keeps old children's
>books rather than to find it from a used bookseller.
>I wonder if this isn't the first mention of Tolkien in a piece of fiction.
- View SourceIn a message dated 6/25/2002 1:09:47 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> I presume the quote is not too long: would it be possible for you to giveI E-mailed Mimi to ask her to give me the quote and some context. She rose
> it to us, with enough context (quoted or paraphrased) to make it clear why
> the character is quoting _The Hobbit_?
from her sick bed to reply as follows:
> The boy David, who is I think about 9 - I don't have the book in front ofWendell Wagner
> me - has always wanted to find a cave, and to his amazement, on the
> "invisible island" he does exactly that. He enters it; it is very dark
> inside, and the remembers what a character in the book "The Hobbit"
> encounters in a dark cave, and can almost hear a voice saying, "It is nice,
> my preciouss? Is it juicy? Is it scrumptiously crunchable?" What the
> island is invisible is: the family has rented a place in the country and
> the children go exploring. The find a pond with a large brook flowing into
> it. They follow the large brook and find a small stream flowing into
> it. Then the stream forks, and the other branch runs into the pond. They
> have been drawing a map as they wend, and when they finish adding the
> branch of the small stream they realize that they are standing on "a body
> of land completely surrounded by water." They have always wanted to be
> shipwrecked on a desert island (being great fans of Robinson Crusoe) so
> they beg their parents to let them be "shipwrecked" on the pond and camp on
> the invisible "island" - invisible because no one knows it's an island
> except them.
> I hope this is enough for now. I had surgery yesterday and I'm still
> feeling pretty shaky - which is why I'm not going downstairs to look for
> the book.
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