JRRT and rabbit stew in an Ursula K. LeGuin interview

minnow at belfry.org.uk minnow at belfry.org.uk
Mon Feb 16 19:11:25 EST 2004

EstairM wrote:

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

Thank you!  That's wonderful!  (But I still deplore Instant Stew as a
general rule.)


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