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#439 VALENTINE BIRTHDAY Lord of my Ring Greeting Card Boy Girl HUMOUR Funny Rude (A4 Folded to A5)

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Known to millions around the world as the author of The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien spent most of his life teaching at the University of Oxford where he was a distinguished academic in the fields of Old and Middle English and Old Norse. Now twenty, I knew that my foggy memories of that first attempt to read Fellowship were now seven years old, and so I simply started at the beginning. It is not just a list of details--everything within is carefully chosen by the author to make up a good story. This is to me not only the main pillar on which the fantasy genre stands, but the ultimate masterpiece of literature. I’m especially glad that, on the Jewish New Year, I finally completed my Gregorian New Year’s resolution.

The Elves represent the very first humanoids to arrive in England whereas the Dwarves represent the various invasions from Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland before 1000. It’s the best I can do, though I know many goodreads users share my difficulty when reviewing this book. The colours are vivid and intense and have been injected to really make this piece hit you right between the eyes and bring back some great memories! I'm afraid this was not so much an actual review as simply a story about my experience with and passion for this book. But I will say it’s interesting to watch these movies with the books in my own head to compare them to.The banality of evil, the attractiveness of the dark side is, as mentioned in „Black, white, and…“ above, is one of the driving forces of the saga and without Tolkiens´experiences, it might have stayed much more superficial and have never reached that deep level of human soul and psyche vivisection. In the case of Sam and Frodo, I suppose that it could be argued that Sam sometimes has a man-crush on Frodo, but it is not truly reciprocated nor acted on other than their relationship involving more hugs and handholding than other friendships in the book. Epic artwork on the card, my partner and I are mega Tolkien fans so this will be very well received! As is, all I can do is compare it to every single other book I have ever read, and see how many of them pale in comparison.

The Daemon of Self-Pity, though, had begun to DEVOUR me, spitting out tiny bone fragments at the everyday world. And by pulling it off, Tolkien created the single most important manifestation of Fantasy that has ever and will ever be written. So, Tolkien fills his books with troop movements, dull songs, lines of lineage, and references to his own made-up history, mythology, and language.This represents the Industrial Revolution but also the coming of age for Tolkien himself in WWI and, I would argue, the bombing of Oxford during the Battle of Britain during WWII that he experienced first-hand as well. Make the good guys dress in bright robes or silvery maile and the bad guys in black, spiky armor, and a lot of people will never notice that all the 'good guys' are White, upper class men, while all the 'bad guys' are 'brutish foreigners', and that both sides are killing each other and trying to rule their little corner of the world. And Middle-Earth no longer needs such a figure, darkness is now on her doorstep; it is no longer hidden.

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