Mio, min Mio
|Mio, min Mio|
As both Mio, min Mio and the first two volumes of The Lord of the Rings were published in 1954 and can be said to carry some apparent similarities, a Swedish humorous newspaper article concocted a fictitious conspiracy theory that Tolkien and Lindgren must have secretly met some time in the 1930s and agreed upon writing "fairy-tales of their own but with a common theme" ("var sin saga med gemensamt tema"). The joke aside, the similarities are quite abound:
- cloaks granting invisibility
- energy bread (Tolkien: lembas; Lindgren: Mio eats a magic bread which takes away hunger)
- apparently dead trees
- intelligent horses (Tolkien: Shadowfax; Lindgren: Miramis)
- black scouts (Tolkien: the Ringwraiths of Sauron; Lindgren: the black scouts of Kato)
- an evil tyrant who is defeated by two "halflings" – an involuntary hero and his loyal squire
- after the death of the tyrant, a tree who was believed to be dead is flowering again
- ↑ John-Henri Holmber, "Lindgren, Astrid (Anna Emilia)", in The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 1997/1999), p.582.
- ↑ Petter Karlsson , "Sagornas likhet är ingen slump" ("The Similarty of the Fairy-tales is no Coincidence") , in Expressen, January 30, 2007. Retrieved July 28, 2010.