June 9, 2010

Having been summoned before the bar of inquisition, I must clarify. In an earlier post when I alluded to Westerns in Rowling and Tolkien, I was talking movies. Jackson and Columbus--those directors. (Unless we want to talk James Fenimore Cooper, whom Tolkien liked very much, since Jackson rips him off too: Aragorn as Hawkeye, ear to the ground.)

All art is collaborative, of course. As Frost says, "Good poets borrow, great ones steal." But the old misdirecting tossed rock was ancient when Roy Rodgers did it (or whoever that was in my foggy youth).