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Tolkien vs. Donaldson
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Who did it better?
Tolkien!
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Donaldson!
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Who did what better?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah. People often mistakenly believe that Tolkien created a world to serve his story. It was, of course, not like that. He created the world, the story was a side project.

Also, AFAICR, Tolkien's revised editions of LOTR added the appendices and other details, and I believe this was in response to the responses he got to his story. Many people wanted to know more. He was obliging them.

It is, from a design standpoint, one of the oddest stories ever written.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL Well put. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HLT! Damn you! Very Happy Where have you been?

Go post more. Very Happy

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He's teasing us U.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I voted Tolkien.

My love for the land is well documented but although the Fellowship was incredibly detailed geographically, the character were already engaging.

Also Id like to note that The Appendices were not an afterthought composed after the fact to appease fans.

Tolkien developed Elvish and the connections between character and their geneology for want of a better descriptor as he did the other books. In fact it is known that his inclusion of the Appendices at the end of ROTK were the very reason the publication release was delayed. In modern publications the Appendices can be purchased as a seperate addendum but that was not the case with the early publications.

Also Tolkien wrangled with the publishers translating the books into other languages over the Appendices as he included them at the end of ROTK, but he acquiesced part of their removal where there direct relevance to the core story line was seen as superfluous.

The three books were originally published with The Appendices, not as an after thought as posited, between 1954 and 1955. But were written in parts and stages between 1937 and 1949. I know he sent parts including parts of the Appendices to his children for their entertainment and edification.

LOTRs was my intriduction to the wonder of fantasy worlds.

Tolkien built an amazing world and influenced 100s of future fantasy authors including Donaldson.

Donaldson is similarly godlike in his world creation but for me the first three books were the best. The later books 2nd chrons to me werent as gripping for me. The sun bane was an interesting twist but was never sold on the kid err kids and the mum TCs wife. They continued to irritate me.
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