The Escapist has just published by newest article, a strange little thing called Second-Hand Elf. I’m quite proud of it, though I’m very aware that it may bother some people. I was considering preparing a list of responses to the most common objections (“Tolkien stole from everywhere!” – simply not true), but I ran out of time.
Still, this is a topic I feel very strongly about. Coincidentally (this was written months ago), I’m currently re-reading The Lord of the Rings, and that just reinforces the depth and grace of Tolkien’s vision, a vision that has been superficially copied but never successfully imitated.