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Re: Poor Journalism

Subject: Re: Poor Journalism
by Trotter on 2013/5/4 6:58:27

If people have not seen this then Troel's blog also talks about the Burren Tolkien Society.

"Burren Tolkien Society
http://www.burrentolkiensociety.ie/
The Burren Tolkien Society, along with their Tolkien Festival, has recently received a some justified criticism for their completely spurious claims that features of the Irish Burren inspired anything in either The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, and also for the display of dragon-sickness in requiring people to donate €50.- to be able to even bid at a (rather worn) first edition copy of Tree and Leaf with a printed autograph. I think it is very sad that they have chosen to antagonize many serious Tolkienists by their ludicrous claims and practices, as there is a lot of sound research that has been buried by this silliness. So, do not believe any claim that Tolkien's visits to Ireland (starting in the summer of 1949, when The Lord of the Rings had been finished in draft for a year) inspired anything in The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, but enjoy the biographical information concerning Tolkien's other links to this area of Ireland.


http://parmarkenta.blogspot.co.uk/201 ... n-transactions-xxxvi.html

They have also posted another letter from Tolkien (not for sale) on their Facebook pages, I suspect that they do not hold permission from the Estate to make this copyrighted letter available.