Notes from Middle Earth: Every Novel Needs A Detailed Back Story

Backstories are extremely important in creating a setting. We must write a history, an ecology, a governmental system and many other things to make a believable setting.

Tolkien on Inspiration

Today’s post is fortuitous in that Tolkien is again in the news. ¬†Yesterday NPR ran a story about an ancient Roman ring that may have been the inspiration for The One Ring in Tolkien’s Middle Earth epic. ¬†You can find “The Vyne” here, but the summary of the story is that Tolkien was brought inContinue reading “Tolkien on Inspiration”