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Finally decided going home was the better part of valor today, and rediscovered the value of cough syrup.

I was enthralled by a recent series on Sacnoth's Scriptorium, which offers an authoritative and quite readable treatment of D&D's relationship to the Tolkien estate. And Mr. Sacnoth is certainly in a position to know the gory details (his personal role in things starts in part 3), and he pulls no punches in his account of "Who Killed the Middle Earth RPG?".

JRR and D&D, Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

If you have any interest in the subject, I recommend it. If only Sacnoth would scan and post that mockup Tolkien RPG cover art!

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richgreen01
Nov. 18th, 2008 07:27 am (UTC)
Really interesting stuff!
the_monkey_king
Nov. 18th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I really love that series of articles. Makes me want to reread LOTR, as well.
halo_ov_fire
Nov. 19th, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
First off, D&D's unofficial motto has always been "plagiarism is our friend"—that is, it has always stolen so widely, ...

I'd like to say that this is "ironic", especially in light of the GSL - although I admit to not seeing the rumored "revised version"- and what it means to the community in general. However, when I think about it, I suppose I'm not that surprised after all. I mean, if they managed to pull this off in the 70s, they certainly know to what to look for.

All in all, a great read. Thanks for posting the link.
sirvalence
Nov. 20th, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)
Wow. Sad but enlightening. Thanks for linking to that.
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