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Amory Lovins on Tolkien

Amory Lovins on Tolkien by Noble Smith

“J.R.R. Tolkien was just a delightful old gentleman, interested in a lot of things, with a lively curiosity and a deep knowledge of philology; a love of words and language and a masterly storyteller. He had a well-ripened personality, like a wrinkly old apple full of flavor. And he had the Hobbit virtues of steadiness, modesty, and a quiet demeanor. He seemed, in a way, quite ordinary, but also, just like a Hobbit, determined and capable of extraordinary things.”

–From a phone interview I did on 1/24/2012 with author and recovering physicist Amory Lovins, who was a young don at Merton College, Oxford when Professor Tolkien had retired but occasionally dined in the Senior Common Room.

Noble Smith


Noble Smith is the author of The Wisdom of the Shire, hailed by Kirkus Reviews as “a life-affirming, must-have morsel for Tolkien’s colossal fan base.” The book has been translated into 8 languages including Finnish and Spanish. His musings on J.R.R. Tolkien and his hobbits have appeared in the U.S. and U.K. versions of The Huffington Post. Noble’s action-adventure The Warrior Trilogy is published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press. The first book in the series—Sons of Zeus—is available in hardcover, ebook and unabridged audio. An award-winning playwright, video game writer and film producer, he co-hosts the D&D nostalgia blog He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children. Follow him on Twitter @shirewisdom and read his blog about all things Tolkien at

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Steve, also known as “Rifflo”, is a University MBA Administrator in Ontario Canada where he lives with his wife, Lisa and two young daughters, Alexa and Ava. Steve has an extensive background in corporate sales. Steve also worked for ISAF: International Security Assistance Force and the Canadian Military as a recruiter in Human Resources for the operations in Bosnia and Afghanistan. When not immersed in Tolkien works,sci-fi, and film, you can find him training in Muay Thai, and Italian rapier.