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Thread #141909 Message #3268566
Posted By: MorwenEdhelwen1
04-Dec-11 - 08:54 PM
Thread Name: Icelandic 'Cruel Mother' story
Subject: RE: Icelandic 'Cruel Mother' story
Incidentally, I'm a Tolkien fan (can be guessed from my username) and would like to add (again apologies to anyone who already knows this) JRRT took inspiration for his trolls from Icelandic folklore, and could also speak very good Icelandic. Icelandic, Finnish, and Scandinavian folklore was one of his interests- some posters here might also know that he took the name "Gandalf" and the other Dwarves' names, Thorin, Balin, etc in The Hobbit, from the list of dwarves in the Prose Edda. Incidentally the Dwarf Gandalf is "the last king of the Elves" according to the Wiki stub. But now if a fantasy writer has a Dwarf called Gandalf in a story, people would think they plagiarised from Tolkien!