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Dirk Puehl‘s Today’s Memory

Dirk Puehl‘s Today’s Memory

Dirk Puehl‘s Today’s Memory

J. R. R. Tolkien’s birthday

Originally shared by Dirk Puehl

3 January 1892, #onthisday 125 years ago, the scholar and author J.R.R. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

When the “Lord of the Rings” was finally published during the mid-1950s, it was received in war-weary Western Europe with what might be described in hindsight as a well-mannered “Harry Potter” craze – on a sophisticated, literary critical level as well as by a large reading audience that was simply enchanted by a world created around the languages Tolkien had initially invented in an act that took the philologist more than twenty-five years. With its condensation of Norse, Finnish and various legends into an artificial mythology shaped by Tolkien’s Catholicism, an idyllic environment with clearly defined borders between Good and Evil, the tales from Middle Earth proved to be an ideal remedy against the fast growing disenchantment of the world, a process that begun more than a hundred years before with the rise of Industrialism and artists’ and their audience’s counterdrafts to ward off the gospel of rationality and utility of a world shaped by steam and speed and steel and various degrees of political radicalisation.

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Depicted below is a wonderful image of J.R.R. Tolkien by the American artist Audrey Benjaminsen.

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