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July 25, 2007


Jimmy Huck

Right you are, Ross. But, then, Ross, if it met your expectations, the book wouldn't be all that digestible to 10-yr-olds now, would it? ...

Ross slips into the common mistake of people as well-read, highly-educated, and mature as he is: he seems to prefer that the book be as complex in narrative as is Tolkien and as steeped in theology as C.S. Lewis. Fine. But let's not forget, too, that a kid just wants a fun story. Has Ross no appreciation for the good fun of the horribly-written, formulaic Hardy Boys books?

I've always thought JK Rowling walked extraordinarily well the line that crafts a book complex enough to hold the interest of the 50-yr-old philosopher and theologian and yet simple and digestible enough to keep a 10-yr-old engaged and thrilled. And I think she's done it again with this one, too.


Weeeellll -- Tolkien actually had the One Ring connected organically and magically to the Three Elven Rings (Galadriel, Elrond, and Cirdan had 'em at the end), Seven Dwarven Rings (provenance unclear, but eerily evoked in the prolgue of Peter Jackson's first movie of LOTR), and of course Nine Human Rings that were on the . . . wait for it . . . Ringwraiths. The question of what happens to the magical protections and empowerments of the Elvish set greatly influenced the debate over how to properly dispose of the One Ring in the Crack o' Doom.

And for anyone who dislikes the Epilogue, they must have just loathed Tolkien's Epilogue, Coda to the Epilogue, and hundreds of pages (as first printed, let alone Christopher's Tolkien volumes) of post-Epilogue epiloguing by appendix.

paul zummo

Ross is a great writer and I like the fact that he is so critical of much of the pop culture bunk that is out there. But I'm starting to wonder if there is any book or movie on planet Earth that he actually enjoys.

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