Writing Down the Dragon

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I hope no wild beasts are around to savage me. I actually thought I was getting better. You have an entire fleet of dragon hunters waiting, I assume. By the way, who wrote that script for you? How can you tell? Well, time to get this over with. No use in delaying.

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Come on up and be eaten. I have lots of time. I could sit here all day, so long as it involves not being eaten. This is what you were created to do.

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The beauty of nature! Each creature in turn is consumed by a larger creature, round and around, until we reach the apex predators. All very majestic in its simplicity. Case and point, this moment, where you have the startling rudeness to refuse being consumed. How can I persuade you?

You see, I said you were persuading me because the definition of the word implies the act of trying to get someone to do something, whether or not you are successful. You persuade someone, then you either fail or succeed. Most people use it incorrectly. The word you wanted was convince. You need to convince me, not persuade me. So, are you going to stop whining and come get eaten like a man?

Humans were designed and built to be eaten by dragons. Once every few months. Probably a fair young virgin. If you think about it, getting eaten right now would be a very brave thing of you. Why are you stopping. And you, you did well. Even if you did ruinate the script. So, there you go. Ten pages or so of only dialogue. Besides, it fit the story very well.

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Writing Down the Dragon: Eleven essays on the works of J. Tolkien, written from the perspective of the working fantasy writer. How did Tolkien produce his effects, and what can we learn from his methods? In this collection, Tom Simon investigates topics from the uses of archaic language to the moral philosophy of Orcs. Paperback , pages. Published August by Bondwine Books first published March To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Writing Down the Dragon , please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Writing Down the Dragon. Lists with This Book. This is a set of essays with some taken from his blog regarding Tolkien and his works along with Tolkiens' critics. As he writes in the intro 'This book is not for the Wise, but for my fellow beginners in the craft of Fantasy, who are trying to learn some of the master's techniques and want to compare notes. Besides I think what he has to say is much wiser than many concerning This is a set of essays with some taken from his blog regarding Tolkien and his works along with Tolkiens' critics.

Besides I think what he has to say is much wiser than many concerning Tolkien. Normally I would not be inclined to read essays of this sort, but after I had read his essay "The Terminal Orc" I was quite open to this book as it just came out. Plus I liked that it did not lack theological depth and he understood the profound influence that Tolkien's Catholicism. I have read two of this authors novels and I quite enjoyed them and they were not just common Fantasy fare. I have also seen this authors comments over on John C. Wright's blog that have also impressed me.


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I had been wondering if Tom Simon was a Catholic as some of the essays I read before made me think that, and from this book I learned that he is in fact a convert to the faith, a latecomer as he writes. Mar 27, Joseph R. Tolkien's writings and his style. He specifically looks at Tolkien's techniques for crafting stories and the various tools he uses, from ancient myths and made-up languages to resolving contradictions in texts.

Simon does not claim to be definitive; he, as a fantasy writer, looks to Tolkien as an inspiration and model for writing fantasy epics. He has a lot of interesting insights and a lively writing style.

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Fans of Tolkien are sure to enjoy this book. Sample Quote on how Orcs, being the evil characters they are, use morals: Orcs have morals; they just happen to be coupled with a hypocrisy so perfect that it is essentially unconscious. Morals are a stick to beat their enemies with, never a ruler to measure their own behaviour. Aug 09, Mary Catelli rated it it was amazing Shelves: A collection of essays on how Tolkien wrote. From his blog, on which yours truly is a reader and commenter, revising.

It touches on his inspirations, and on how he used language to distinguish. Essays apiece on how he treated elves, and the problem of orcs noting that in real life, there really are people with as little conscience -- we call them sociopaths , and the treatment of dragons in his sources and what he made of them. One on Moorcock's essay on humor in fantasy because that essay treats A collection of essays on how Tolkien wrote. One on Moorcock's essay on humor in fantasy because that essay treats heavily with Tolkien. A review of The Children of Hurin Interesting stuff. A thoughtful, insightful, and fascinating exploration of Tolkien's world and his writing process, including a call to arms for fantasy writers to do better than we have been.

Highly highly highly recommended. Aug 03, Wendy S. Delmater rated it it was amazing.

This book of erudite essays is not for everyone. But Tolkien admirers and Tolkien scholars alike will find this non-fiction book examining J. Oddly enough, it starts out by taking Tolkien at his word when he says that The Lord of the Rings arose f This book of erudite essays is not for everyone.

Oddly enough, it starts out by taking Tolkien at his word when he says that The Lord of the Rings arose from his invented languages. There, too, are lessons to be learned by example. The reasons Tolkien was sidetracked were only partly known to this reviewer, and I learned from them. These insights may also prove very useful and instructive to novice through experienced writers.