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Masters and Students by Sono Sanctus
Gudrun by Phantom Fauna
Biome by Melodium
Frosted Glass by Podington Bear
Imaginary Mixdown by Phantom Fauna
Through the Woods by Sono Sanctus
J.R.R. Tolkien wanted his work to be taken seriously. But his magnum opus The Lord of the Rings was unlike most literature of the mid-20th century, which was modern. And wasn't The Hobbit a children's book? Critics mused, is this sequel supposed to be serious literature for adults? But there was a group of people who took Middle-earth very seriously and pushed this cult classic into the mainstream. Michael Drout, Gary Lachman and Ethan Gilsdorf explain how and why Tolkien became a folk hero of the counter-culture -- whether he liked it or not.