Tolkien Snubbed By Nobel Prize Committee For 'Poor Storytelling'
via The Huffington Post:
Apparently The Lord of the Rings wasn't literary enough for the Nobel prize jury.
Newly declassified documents show that, 50 years ago, JRR Tolkien was nominated for the Nobel prize by his buddy, CS Lewis--but Tolkien was swiftly dismissed by the jury. The award went to Yugoslavian writer Ivo Andrić instead.
The jury felt that The Lord of the Rings had "not in any way measured up to storytelling of the highest quality."
Despite the success of the series--and the fact that it led to the greatest trilogy in the history of film (yes, The Lord of the Rings is better than Star Wars, by a mile)--Tolkein didn't win too many awards. But hey, you know what they say: There's no accounting for taste. In my mind the Nobel prize is the same as the Oscars. There is always a good chance I will have zero interest in whatever they pick as the winner.
What do you think, loyal readers? Is The Lord of the Rings not good enough for a Nobel prize?
To leave a comment