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"...Culture is made of other culture..."
American and British rock is great example of this...
And merci... for the Tolkien website...👍
Although 'ripped off' is kinda HARSH....I think...
The whole Tolkien world was one huge amalgamation...🤔
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The sin isn't in the taking, it's in the pretense that it never happened, and the vicious grifting that punishes anyone who does unto GW as they did unto everyone else.
Tolkien straight up ripped off his characters from the 1000-year-old Norse poem "Elder Edda," which features dwarves named "Thorin, Balin, Dwalin, Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Nori, Dori, Ori, Bifur, Bofur, and Bombur."
Culture is made of other culture.
GW made something wonderful with Warhammer - by plundering the stories that preceded it.
Now, some people might be thinking, what's the big deal? Why don't these creators just make up their own stories instead of remixing the ones that come from Games Workshop?
Those people are assholes.
*All* stories are fanfic of some kind or another. Every mystery novel is a remix of Poe's Murders In the Rue Morgue. Games Workshop's stories are the thrice-brewed teabags of many sf writers (remember "space marines?").