Rules of Life of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
I am an absolute hobbit himself, only taller.
I was born in Bloemfontein in South Africa and was very young when my family returned to England. This experience is in your mind, even if it seems to you, what does not. If your first Christmas tree was withering eucalyptus, and you always suffered from the heat and sand, and then suddenly found himself in a quiet village in Warwickshire, you start to feel a peculiar love for Central England: there is good water, stones, elm, small quiet river and the villagers around.
I have always been incredibly fascinated by trees.
I was shy, unfortunate little creature and a mediocre student. But I played well in rugby.
By 1918, almost all of my close friends were dead.
My childhood can not be called unhappy. It was tragic, but it was not unlucky.
His first work I wrote seven years, and it it was a dragon. Mama read my opus, I noticed that it is not necessary to write "big green dragon" and "Big Green Dragon". Honestly, I did not understand why she thinks so, and do not understand until now.
I studied at King Edward's School, and most of the time spent on the study of Latin and Greek. But I also learned Anglo-Saxon, and along with the gothic. The latter happened by chance, because the schedule was not gothic. Linguistic structures have always acted on me like music or color.
Me from childhood poverty saddened my country, which did not have their own legends. Greek, Celtic, Norse, Finnish chivalry - it's all there, but nothing is pure English, except for cheap literary craft.
Spanish - the only one of the Romance languages, which I am pleased to say.
I'm sorry that I have, it seems, there is no Jewish ancestors, not a single representative of this talented people.
My great-grandfather came to England from Germany in the eighteenth century, and for the most part I was of English origin, although it is always proud of his German name. Even during the terrible war, during which I served as an officer in the British Army.
The destruction of Germany, whether it is a hundred times guilty, - one of the worst disasters of the world.
I do not like the slightest hint of allegory.
Gnomes, and it's pretty obvious, much like the Jews. Their language, of course, from the Semitic group. And hobbits - it's just the English peasants. I made them small in proportion to the strength of their imagination, but they do not take up courage.
The human heart is a much better human actions, and even more words.
Goblins - not villains, they just have a high level of corruption. I repeatedly found fault in the fact that I did not bother to properly portray the economy, science, religion and philosophy of Middle-earth.
I wrote "The Hobbit" in a style that would now be called the poor - as if someone is trying to talk with the children in the same language. And the children most of all this hate language. They instinctively disliked in "The Hobbit" all the things that made him a book for children. And I, too, dislike it over time.
The best form of long pieces - a journey.
When you write a complex story, you have to draw a card at once - then it will be too late.
True chosen name gives me great pleasure. When I write, I always start with the name. Initially, the name - then the story, and not vice versa.
Of course, the "Lord of the Rings" is not mine. He was born because it was destined, and should live their lives, although, of course, I'll watch him like watching a child's parents.
A few years ago in Oxford man came to me. He was amazed that many of the old artists, without knowing it, like the illustrated "The Lord of the Rings." To confirm his words, he showed me a couple of reproductions. When it became clear that I have never seen these pictures and not too well-versed in the art in general, he looked at me and said, "I hope you do not think that you wrote the book on their own?" Most of my time I am struggling with the natural inertia of a lazy person. Old university professor once said to me: "It's not just noise, my boy, but also the fear that stop you."
Not being able to use a pencil or pen, you feel helpless, like a chicken, remaining without a beak.
Looking back at the events that followed the release of "The Lord of the Rings" out of print, I find myself in a strange sensation: I think that from time immemorial hangs over his head the clouds suddenly parted, and the earth again flooded forgotten sunlight.
No man can judge his own holiness.
I smoke, and I enjoy it.
Have you ever been in the old English pub - Trip to Jerusalem in Nottingham? I once went to Nottingham for a conference, and it seems we immediately went to the pub, and the conference somehow we coped without.
I become less cynical than I was, because I remember my own sins and follies.
I love beer.