ah! did you have to asks us? surely, you did not mean us, was you precious? -- you will hardly find a geek who hasn't read either 'lord of the rings' or 'silmarillion' or lewis' 'the chronicles of narnia' even though the last one is baby stuff. even tolkien disliked it, inspite of having been lewis' friend and a major influence on narnia. it was because of the christian allegory and reportedly tolkien despised allegory. many say that lotr is also a catholic allegory but tolkien insisted that he wrote a fantasy and was inspired by the anglo-saxon beowulf or the finnish classic kalevala. i had a fascination for tolkien - whether it is because of the linguistic part or the allegory which is closer to islamic eschatology. i had written about this somewhere, sometime ago. the lord of the rings is arguably the single most influential work on most fantasy works in the 20th century, including movies. star wars being the prime example. ---- infact the modern 'harry potter' series is a crossover of lotr, narnia and star-wars. it has seven books like narnia. it has magic like both lotr and narnia. there are duels like starwars. etc. but i think it is more like narnia retold. it was the other way round. tolkien was a linguist and as he put it himself, had a 'secret vice' of creating new languages. to use these languages, he created characters that spoke a different tongue etc. so he created an imaginary world and races and places. you may want to have a look at this: http://www.uib.no/People/hnohf/ and here is the thain's book: http://www.tuckborough.net/index.htm ---- min husni islami'l mar'yi tarkuhu ma la ya'anih / the beauty of a man's islam is that he renounces that which concerns him not. ma la ya`ani also includes laghw and lahw which is pointless amusement. to read tolkien, shakespeare, twain or poe - to polish one's language skills is fine.