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Old 12-28-2001, 12:05 PM   #1
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did tolkien ever use characters from other fantasy series because many other series have used his
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Old 12-28-2001, 02:35 PM   #2
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He did not, simply because no other fantasy series existed at the time. The genre pretty much begun with the writing of the Lord of the Rings.

However, he did draw inspiration (and use names) from a great many mythological sources. I believe the name 'Gandalf', along with the 13 Dwarf names in The Hobbit, were all originally from the same mythological work.

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Old 12-29-2001, 08:37 PM   #3
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Tolkien relied heavily on NOrse mythology...a lot of dwarve names of the 13 were norse..not sure about Gandalf's origins.
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Old 12-31-2001, 04:00 AM   #4
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I'm pretty sure i read somewhere that dwarf runes are based on Norse runes. But like someone already said, there really wasn't any fantasy series that existed before Tolkien so there really was nothing to borrow from. I suppose you could consider ancient mythology a kind of Fantasy work though.
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Old 12-31-2001, 10:19 AM   #5
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In highschool I did my OAC (Ontaio Academic Credit) english essay on LOTR and spent the majority of the time showing the parallels between his works and the Norse mythology.
I still have a copy of that essay too.
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Old 01-11-2002, 05:16 PM   #6
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He must have used some things from English mythology eg. Beowulf.
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Old 01-13-2002, 01:49 AM   #7
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yes he did use some things from diferant mithalogies. i mean what aurther hasn't?
this isn't the movie board but o well.
they did use sertian carecters from a couple of vidio games and other sorcess. for instence. When Saruman whached his orcs dig out a human/orc inbread. the creater was the last boss from was craft 2.
the balrog was very similar to the daemon in fantasia and a devil from south american lore.
but back to the did he origanly coppy things from mythology. Wargs and orc are the obvius ones but the balrog in the cave of moria was also a mythilogical creater.

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Old 01-13-2002, 12:28 PM   #8
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this isn't the movie board but o well.
they did use sertian carecters from a couple of vidio games and other sorcess. for instence. When Saruman whached his orcs dig out a human/orc inbread. the creater was the last boss from was craft 2.
the balrog was very similar to the daemon in fantasia and a devil from south american lore.
Well Im confused about the above comment, are you saying that "In the movie", the balrog is similiar to a video game charator. Or are you saying that in the book, Tolkien, got his idea about his "creations" from a video game. I sure hope that your not! I think that Tolkien passed away in the early 70's way before Atari was even around.

I may not just be understanding what your trying to imply though, but I would bet money that NO video game has anything to do with Tolkien, when he was still alive!
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Old 01-13-2002, 03:46 PM   #9
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Gandalf is derived from the ancient Scandinavian word "Gandalff" meaning "sorcerer elf"

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Old 01-17-2002, 06:50 PM   #10
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No I'm not saying he did that's imposible.
I'm saying he didn't copy any carectors from any other book.
But i was just comenting that in the movie they used vidio game carectors for how some people or things looked.
If i worded it weard so it coudn't be read very easily than I'm sorry.
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Old 04-19-2002, 09:59 AM   #11
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And the dwarf name is not just norse...but swedish to...just wanted you to know! [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]
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Old 04-19-2002, 11:05 AM   #12
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Wasn´t Gandalf someone there in the swedes´ "believe of the nordic gods" if ya understand me..? Or am I wrong?
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