“I’m always looking for something I can’t find… Something like what I wrote myself. There’s nothing like being vain, is there?” In his letters to publishers and publicists, Tolkien alternately apologized for having to write his own stories because (in Lewis’s words) there was “too little of what we really like in stories” and expressed the hope that others would be inspired to write stores within the “majestic whole” he sketched in his legendarium. Why was it so hard for Lewis and Tolkien to find stories that they liked when, as we saw in our previous episode, Tolkien drew constantly on other people’s stories in crafting his own? Was Tolkien, after all, simply writing fan fiction? In this episode, Professor Rachel Fulton Brown explores further the question of Tolkien’s creativity by reading from her own fan fiction written on the model of Alexander Pope and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. If “a little learning is a dangerous thing,” what happens when a band of modern poets sets out to write a heroic satire using contemporary figures as its main characters? You guessed it: mayhem ensues!