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{{blockquote|When I was a student I imagine I caused Tolkien much grief by turning up to hear him lecture week after week, while he was trying to wrap his series up after a fortnight and get on with ''The Lord of the Rings'' (you could do that in those days, if you lavked an audience, and still get paid). I sat there obdurately despite all his mumbling and talking with his face pressed up to the blackboard, forcing him to go on expounding every week how you could start with a simple quest narrative and, by gradually twitching elements as it went along, arrive at the complex and entirely different story of Chaucer's "Pardoner's tale" — a story that still contains the excitement of the quest narrative that seeded it. What little I heard of all this was wholly fascinating.}}  
 
{{blockquote|When I was a student I imagine I caused Tolkien much grief by turning up to hear him lecture week after week, while he was trying to wrap his series up after a fortnight and get on with ''The Lord of the Rings'' (you could do that in those days, if you lavked an audience, and still get paid). I sat there obdurately despite all his mumbling and talking with his face pressed up to the blackboard, forcing him to go on expounding every week how you could start with a simple quest narrative and, by gradually twitching elements as it went along, arrive at the complex and entirely different story of Chaucer's "Pardoner's tale" — a story that still contains the excitement of the quest narrative that seeded it. What little I heard of all this was wholly fascinating.}}  
  
[[Tom Shippey]] has commented that Jones' [[1983]] article "The Shape of the Narrative in ''The Lord of the Rings''" (which he describes as analysis of that work as "a series of movements, each with its own coda") says more about the narrative of ''The Lord of the Rings'' "than, I suspect, Tolkien could".<ref>{{webcite|author=[[Tom Shippey]]|articleurl=http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1114176.ece|articlename=The magic of Diana Wynne Jones|dated=29 August 2012|website=[http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/ ''The Times Literary Supplement'']|accessed=1 October 2012}}</ref>
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[[Tom Shippey]] has commented that Jones' [[1983]] article "The Shape of the Narrative in ''The Lord of the Rings''", which he describes as analysis of that work as "a series of movements, each with its own coda", says more about the narrative of ''The Lord of the Rings'' "than, I suspect, Tolkien could".<ref>{{webcite|author=[[Tom Shippey]]|articleurl=http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1114176.ece|articlename=The magic of Diana Wynne Jones|dated=29 August 2012|website=[http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/ ''The Times Literary Supplement'']|accessed=1 October 2012}}</ref>
  
 
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