An Experiment in Fantasy

A little idea popped into my head last night.

I’ve been reading The Lord of the Rings for the umpteenth time, and I wondered what Middle-Earth would be like long after the events described in the book. And then I thought of something rather awful.

What if Middle-Earth, or Narnia, or any other fantasy world, were suddenly endowed with television? Imagine if some wizard brought in TV, and it was available everywhere so that everyone could see it: and imagine it broadcast the same dreck we get on our TV. How long would it take the Kardashians, Honey Boo-Boo, hebephrenic soap operas, sports commentators, and cable news networks to completely ravage and destroy the native culture? What would exposure to all this rancid goop do to Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves, and Men? (Well, we already know what it does to poor old Homo sapiens, don’t we?)

I wouldn’t write it quite like that, of course, out of respect for the late Professor Tolkien. I’d have to create a brand-new fantasy world–just for the purpose of destroying it. I don’t know if I’m up to that. It might even be some sort of literary crime.

I wonder how long it would take TV to turn Orcs into a cherished, pampered minority.


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