Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Literary Death Match: Ayn Rand vs. J.R.R. Tolkien

Saw this on Facebook (via writer pal Pamela Painter) and had to share. I read both novels at about the same time, in my early 20s (I matured late). I read "The Fountainhead" too. Ayn Rand provided some good reads and, for a short while, food for thought. But I read the "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy twice, and the stories stayed with me, feeding my standing-in-line-on-opening-night obsession with the LOTR movies by Peter Jackson. I like orcs, and they scared me too.

1 comment:

Brodie Farquhar said...

I love that comparison between Rand and Tolkein. Got over my Randite infatuation very quickly, and have read the Hobbit and much of the Ring to my kids, before they grabbed paperbacks and finished it on their own. Still re-visit the Ring trilogy from time to time -- sorta like comfort food. Hope to read it to my granddaughter Elle in a couple of years.