Disgraced Star Wars writer Chuck Wendig, who was fired by Marvel Entertainment in 2018 for his profanity-laced twitter rants, went off the rails again recently, attacking J.R.R. Tolkien and “The Lord of the Rings” in a series of “hey look at me trying to be relevant” tweets.

Wendig went full nutbag crazy stating: “Tried to read LOTR a bunch and couldn’t get through it. Worldbuilding is not plot. Your book shouldn’t read like an RPG manual but should also make me wish someone made your book in an RPG. The Chosen One is a tiiiiired narcissistic trope.”

Wendig doesn’t seem to be aware that the Lord of the Rings novels were published in the 1950s before the advent or role-playing games.  In fact, Lord of the Rings was largely the influence on the creation of Dungeons and Dragons.

Wendig wasn’t done. He returned shortly later to attack the revered fantasy author on the grounds of race saying: “Your world is too white and male and straight — and ironically not fantastic enough. What happened in Medieval England is not relevant to IMMAGICKA THE DRÆGOONLANDS.”

By all means, someone dig up Shakespeare so he can be pilloried for his writings being too white and male.  He would then go on to extend his attacks to all epic fantasy: “The bigger the series, the likelier it is that it unspools into minutiae and footnotes and chaos. Killing characters is a cheap way of building emotional effect.”

Some people apparently are just incapable of learning from prior mistakes. Last Year, Marvel Entertainment unceremoniously dumped Wendig shortly after they announced he would be writing the Shadow of Vader miniseries as well as being taken off an unnamed Star Wars project.

Taking no responsibility for his litany of hostile tweets over the years.  Wendig instead blamed Star Wars fans: “help I fell down a weird rabbit hole of shitty Star Wars fans! oh my god these people!”  He would later refer to Star Wars fans as coming from a “poisoned, septic well-spring.”

Wendig claimed that Star Wars fans disapproved of his having gay characters in Star Wars: Aftermath and that he became the target of harassment. He would suggest it was his far-left political opinions that got him fired…a laughable claim considering…it’s MARVEL COMICS!

Wendig critiquing the works of Tolkien, which have been in print for decades is laughable.  Consider this florid line of literary genius from Star Wars: Aftermath:

“The TIE wibbles and wobbles through the air, careening drunkenly across the Myrran rooftops – it zigzags herkily-jerkily out of sight.”

Tolkien is tossing back an ale and laughing his English rear-end off!  The works of J.R.R. Tolkien will still be read by people a hundred years from now while Chuck Wendig will be a forgotten blot on the Star Wars Universe.

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By John Kirowan

Professor Kirowan the son of a titled Irish family and a scholar of the various Mythos who has traveled widely in search of forbidden knowledge. His ancestor, Sir Michael Kirowan was a medieval knight famous for killing a particularly fierce and notorious villain. In Budapest he studied with a man called Yosef Vrolok but refused to "descend to the foul depths of forbidden occultism and diabolism to which [he] sank". In later life he joined the Wanderer's Club, "which is composed of the drift of the world, travelers, eccentrics, and all manner of men whose paths lie outside the beaten tracks of life."

7 thought on “Disgraced Star Wars writer attacks J.R.R. Tolkien”
  1. “Wendig claimed that Star Wars fans disapproved of his having gay characters in Star Wars: Aftermath”

    Seriously? Well, that shows that Wendig doesn’t know much about SW fans. Even the most cursory exposure to Star Wars fanfic reveals a slash community second only to Kirk/Spock. In fact in the early days SW slash was so prevalent that LucasArts lawyers drove it underground as insufficiently wholesome. (Lucas said, “There is no sex in the SW universe.”)

  2. “The TIE wibbles and wobbles through the air, careening drunkenly across the Myrran rooftops – it zigzags herkily-jerkily out of sight.”

    Corrected for verb/adverb bleed:

    “The TIE wobbles through the air, careening drunkenly across the Myrran rooftops to zigzag out of sight.”

    Corrected for tense (just because I dislike present tense):

    “The TIE wobbled through the air, careening drunkenly across the Myrran rooftops to zigzag out of sight.”

    Reading Wendig’s tweets doesn’t inspire me to read his stuff any more than the quoted line above does, but my philosophy is that writers should only criticize other writers among ourselves. Unless we teach writing; then if I like their stuff I might listen to them. Or not–too many of us engage in what I like to call “Sneering at Stephen King.”

  3. It’s a shame he’s learned to string sentences and thoughts together well enough to have made a living doing it for a time. LOTR was too White, Male, and Straight? Scenes too long? Killing characters is a cheap emotional effect? I don’t think he really has a concept of how to tell a good story, let alone a great one. Oh, but wait, in a hundred years people will still be celebrating Tolkien. No one will have heard of wassis name.

  4. How does that review go?
    “Wendig’s work will be revered when Milton and Shakespeare are forgotten”:)

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