The Pot and the Kettle
Or, A Brooklyn Look at New Jersey
Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2002 10:51:05 -0400
I am very gratified to discover that my quasi-encomium upon the State of New Jersey and its folk has been found worthy to be posted on your blog.
Let me add this note. I have been a Tolkien fan since 1965. In all these years, I have never found the slightest evidence that New Jersey provided him the model for the Land of Mordor. New Jersey's resemblence to Mordor is, in general, but slight and is restricted to a relatively few localities such as Elizabeth. Green things do grow there, too; just ragweed and stunted trees perhaps, but, still, real vegetation. Doubtless Samwise, Treebeard or Galadriel, finding themselves in Jersey, would seek to make hasty exits, but that does not make it a bad place.
I shall merely comment here that the late Howard Lovecraft did not see fit to set any of his stories in the Garden State; on the other hand, The Horror at Red Hook speaks pretty much for iteslf.