Saturday, March 4, 2017

Above all else, it is about giving back to Tolkien


“People think what I do is something as a hobby or somehow that as others, I am wanting to write something based on fantasies that never could happen in Middle Earth over a mere infatuation of one character or the actor that portrayed him. 

They think I do not like the films if I correct something I know is not in the works of Tolkien—like I am unaware of the difference between adaptation and actualization. I know some things are better left to the imagination or impossible to capture.

What most do not know is that I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English with an Emphasis on Shakespearean and Chaucerian Literature. They do not know I have a Master’s Degree in History with a concentration on Early Christianity. They do not know I’ve lived and worked in Hollywood or that I’ve studied Theatre.

What they really do not know is how hard I worked to write “The Kingdom of the Woodland Realm Trilogy”—seven days a week, sometimes 12 hours or longer—reading and studying the world Tolkien created to make my story feel it belongs there. 

It is hard work and though I have accomplished much in a year and a half, there is not one day that goes by when I am not testing myself and pushing myself to learn more. If I have learned anything thus far, it is that I have more to learn long after my work is done.

I do not wish to change anything in Tolkien; rather I wish to uplift his work and shine a light upon what is known and unknown for there are far more things we have left behind that should not be forgotten. I think of it as giving back to the genius that gave so much to the world.”—J.M. Miller, writer of The Kingdom of the Woodland Realm Trilogy