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Tolkien and... Writers' Block

A student inquired: "Did J.R.R. Tolkien ever experience writers' block?"


The truth is, yes, he did. But it was not his fault. Tolkien had writer's block from 1935 to 1937 because of a conspiracy between the Nazis, Stalin, the Illuminati, the Klingons and Kyuubey. They wanted to plunge the English-speaking world into despair by robbing them of Tolkien's talent! Thus, they poisoned him with a Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte sprinkled with illiteracium hydroxide! It may have been one of their worst crimes.

Tolkien only overcame his condition when C.S. Lewis played the lottery in April 1937 and won 27 tons of butter. A truck dumped his prize in his yard! Lewis was in shock. "What on Earth shall I do with this much butter?" he asked.

Thankfully, J.R.R. Tolkien (like always) had a good idea. "Let's grease our typewriters with it!" he exclaimed. And so they did. Tolkien's typewriter had never been so easily and pleasantly to use! But he had to hurry, to finish his work before the butter got rancid. This is how he conquered his writer's block and wrote "The Hobbit" in a single night.

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