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No Nobels for Writers with Orcs

Here’s a tip. If you want to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, don’t write a wildly successful and densely literary fantasy novel, in which you invent entire nations, mythologies, and histories. Papers recently released suggest that the Swedish committee in control of the prize didn’t think Tolkien to be on quite a high enough level.

But the jury deemed that Tolkien shall not pass, writing of his work that “the result has not in any way measured up to storytelling of the highest quality,” according to papers kept in the Nobel archive in Stockholm.

The Nobel that year went to Ivo Andric. Having not read Andric, I can’t offer any comment on his merits, but claiming that Tolkien’s work “has not in any way measured up to storytelling of the highest quality” is laughable.

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