JRRT and rabbit stew in an Ursula K. LeGuin interview

EstairM at aol.com EstairM at aol.com
Mon Feb 16 12:29:00 EST 2004

Just came across this after catching up on a bunch of old digests that seemed mainly to be about stew ;-)

ELM: Regarding the odd sorts of research writers end up needing for stories, there’s a wonderful excerpt from J. R. R. Tolkien’s diary: “Gave a poor lecture, saw the Lewises and CW for 1/2 hour; mowed 3 lawns, and wrote letter to John, and struggled with recalcitrant passage in ‘The Ring.’ At this point I require to know how much later the moon gets up each night when nearing full, and how to stew a rabbit!” What are some details that recent work required you to know? (Or does it more often go as you described above--the research leading to the story, not vice versa?)

UKL: You see? The Tolkiens' cook knew how to stew a rabbit!

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