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Peter S. Beagle

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Peter Soyer Beagle (April 20, 1939) is an American fantasist and author of novels, nonfiction, and screenplays.

Beagle wrote an introductory essay in The Tolkien Reader titled 'Tolkien's Magic Ring'. He also wrote the screenplay for the 1978 Ralph Bakshi-animated version of The Lord of the Rings, the film which first inspired a teenaged Peter Jackson to read J.R.R. Tolkien, and he wrote an introduction page for the American edition of The Lord of the Rings in the early 1970s.

Quotes

"I did want to be involved in some sort of a Tolkien project and at that time it was the only game in town. The idea of doing it live 25 years ago was inconceivable"
― Peter S. Beagle on animation, Ringers: Lord of the Fans
"As for Saul Zaentz and The Lord of the Rings, I wrote and rewrote that script God knows how many times, eight or nine at least, for a consultant's fee with the understanding that when Part 2 came along I would be paid extra to compensate for the skimpy payment on Part 1. Well there never was a Part 2, and Saul Zaentz never felt morally obliged to live up to the promise he made."
― Peter S. Beagle on Saul Zaentz, Interview.

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