|Thus Spake The Creator
Jordan and Tolkien
Q: I have noticed some similarities to The Lord of the Rings. Was Tolkien
an inspiration for for you?
A: I suppose to the degree that he inspires any fantasy writer in the
English language, certainly.
Q: What do you think of the parallels drawn between
you and Tolkien?
A: I assume the questioner means the parallels
drawn by David Rothstein of the NYT. I find them interesting...I was not
aware there were quite so many.
Q: How much did Tolkein, or even Edding's Belgariad chronicles influence
the WOT series?
A: Edding certainly not at all, and as for Tolkein, only to the degree
that (1) he showed that it was possible to write a very large series of
books, a very large story, and (2) the fact that I purposely did the first,
oh, perhaps 80 pages of "The Eye of the World" as an homage to Tolkein
in a way, that it was set in the same sort of pastoral country that Tolkein
Q: You have
mentioned that you intentionally tried to re-create some of the feel of
Tolkien's Middle Earth, especially in the first book. Considering many
of the similar elements between the stories and the fact that time in your
world is cyclical, with heroes being reborn through the ages, did you intend
to imply that Middle Earth could possibly be "An Age long past. An Age
yet to come?"
not. In the first hundred pages of THE EYE OF THE WORLD, I did try to invoke
a Tolkienesque feel. But after that I have certainly not tried to reflect
in any way Middle Earth. As a matter of fact, beginning back in that very
early part of THE EYE OF THE WORLD, I deliberately took off in a very different
direction from Tolkien, and I've been running hard in that direction ever
Reports from signings
The "Nine Rings Inn" in TEotW he readily confessed was a homage to our
favourite professor - JRR Tolkien.
He intentionally started the series out kind of Tolkienesque, so that
readers would feel like they already knew the land somewhat. Then he delibrately
deviated from Tolkien so the readers would not know what to expect.
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