It’s sort of like the ‘hobbit tomatoes’ mentioned by Steve Bein in his author’s note at the back of his novel, Daughter of the Sword. Certain critics complained that the hobbits in the film adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring were eating tomatoes. They said it wasn’t realistic because tomatoes are a New World food. Imaginary hobbits, a wizard, an eighty-seven year old ranger who looks and acts like a forty year old are about to be attacked by ring wraiths (a very nasty form of apparition), but only the tomatoes seemed unrealistic. Tolkien was obviously good at creating believable characters (as is Peter Jackson). Hmm... Maybe Millstones isn’t too bad either.
P.S. A for ARLEE!
It’s only fitting that, at the beginning of this project, Arlee Bird (Lee) should be acknowledged and thanked. He is, after all, the mastermind behind the A-Z blog – a fine exercise to get our creative juices flowing in the spring. He is always helpful, patient (even when asked dumb questions), and a wonderful supporter of writers in all stages of their development. Thanks Lee, you are appreciated.