5 comments on “On The Economics of Elfland: In Honour of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Birthday

  1. helloimkt82 says:

    Reblogged this on College Culture and commented:
    Happy Birthday, Tolkien. (this blog post seems very libertarian)

  2. […] Russell Mosley from the letters from Elfland has written a very interesting artcile On the economics of Elfland for the birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien. I recently reread the Lord of the Rings trilogy (which I like a […]

  3. I love your vision in the final section of this piece – it took me a long time to understand that value of that kind of cyclical life. Growing up, I almost feared it, as though it were a place to get stuck. I wanted to get out of that cycle and “do” something, not just maintain something. But the more I looked (and the more philosophy and political science I studied), the more I found only layers of the same cycle playing out in concentric circles around this core element of simplicity you so beautiful describe. The further we get from the core, the easier it is to mistake the cycle for a straight line, the same way we mistake the curve of the earth for a flat horizon.

    We think we reach greater heights when we follow ambition, but, it seems to me at least, that we play out the same cycles with greater (self-made) pressures and less authenticity the further we get from that core. While perhaps there’s nothing inherently wrong with venturing out from the center, I imagine its easier to keep yourself from getting lost if you’re tethered back to the core.

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