The Story Was Already Written: Narrative Theory in The Lord of the Rings

  title={The Story Was Already Written: Narrative Theory in The Lord of the Rings},
  author={M. R. Bowman},
  pages={272 - 293}
Popularity, for a writer of fiction, can be a double-edged sword: Surely writers want their work to be read and appreciated, and royalty checks are always welcome; but some forms of enthusiastic reception may give other potential readers a mislead- ing impression of what a work is like. Such may be the case with The Lord of the Rings. Its popularity with the opt-out culture in the '60s, the prevalence of buttons reading "Frodo Lives" in the '70s, and people in elf costume lining up for movies… 
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