The literary world is reeling today after the realisation that JRR Tolkien’s three-volume epic, The Lord of the Rings, is a load of old nonsense.
‘Why did they have to go all the way to Mordor to throw The Ring into a volcano?’ asked seven-year-old James Penge. ‘They could have gone to another volcano, a closer one nowhere near Mordor. That would have been much easier.’
Within hours of James’s comment being posted on the internet, a crack team of literary scholars came to the conclusion that the more than one thousand pages of Tolkien’s trilogy could have been reduced to the length of a short story if only he had thought laterally.
‘When you look at the trilogy, the whole idea is like sending couple of dwarves with a live nuke on a walking tour of Taliban territory,’ admitted one previous fan. ‘Why would you do that?’