by Mary Z., May 25, 2005 12:38 PM
If you ever wondered where J. R. R. Tolkien got some of his major inspiration for The Lord Of The Rings, read the Kalevala. Even the Elvin language was based on Finnish. Then when you're in the lunchroom you can tell your friends how closely related the struggle for the ring of power is to Nordic folklore. Won't they be impressed!