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The Dragon’s Egg – High fantasy for young adults

December 2, 2011 at 4:00 pm by xoanon  - 

At Oxford in the nineteen-forties, Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was generally considered the most boring lecturer around, teaching the most boring subject known to man, Anglo-Saxon philology and literature, in the most boring way imaginable. “Incoherent and often inaudible” was Kingsley Amis’s verdict on his teacher. Tolkien, he reported, would write long lists of words on the blackboard, obscuring them with his body as he droned on, then would absent-mindedly erase them without turning around. “I can just about stand learning the filthy lingo it’s written in,” Philip Larkin, another Tolkien student, complained about the old man’s lectures on “Beowulf.” “What gets me down is being expected to admire the bloody stuff.” More..

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3 responses to “The Dragon’s Egg – High fantasy for young adults”

  1. Tom N. says:

    This article got stupider the further I read. I don’t think this guy knows anything about Tolkien or has read any of the books for a long long time, and even his grasp of Paolini’s stuff seemed dubious.

  2. Martha Monsson says:

    This is the standard shallow review by someone with no idea what is going on.  Was it really worth reprinting?

  3. Texlego1 says:

    Tolkien “droning” on?!? I don’t think so…

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