Monday, 14 September 2009
What is it with fantasy authors and beards?
Of course, not all fantasy authors have mighty beards. Some, like Arthur Conan Doyle, Gene Wolfe and Rudyard Kipling make do with glorious moustaches. Others like Tolkien, Howard, Lewis and Vance are respectably clean-shaven, though Howard once sported a rather controversial moustache.
I mention it because I also have a beard. I suppose it stems from some sort of Samson complex, where I feel vulnerable and insufficiently "armoured" against the world without my beard and long hair. It's interesting that many fantasy authors choose to have beards, especially big bushy ones like those above: gives me a kind of "kinship" with them.