Thanks to the kind sponsorship of The Lómelindi Smial of the Tolkien Society and The Lord of the Rings Tennessee Fellowship, I will be giving a presentation (complete with pretty pictures!) at 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 21 at Belmont University (Massey Business Center 413). It is open to the public. Everyone's welcome!
The topic of my talk is The Magic Ring by the Baron de la Motte Fouqué.
The Magic Ring meets The Lord of the Rings
Before Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings was the Baron de la Motte Fouqué's The Magic Ring in 1813. Fouqué's three-volume epic fantasy was immensely popular and influential when it was released. The Magic Ring shares many similar inspirations with Tolkien's work, including the Icelandic Eddas, the Germanic Nibelungenlied, and the medieval interlace structure. Furthermore, The Magic Ring's influence can be traced through William Morris and George MacDonald to Tolkien's very understanding and writing of "fairy-stories." How did this remarkable work become lost to English readers? Why is it important that it has been restored to fantasy readers and Tolkien fans now? Learn about this important "missing link" in the tradition of The One Ring and its literary story across time!
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