The Inheritance of Hiram Percy Maxim: Uncovering a Conspiracy of Historic Proportions
Posted by Brian
I have no intention of explaining how the historical documents which I will soon offer to the public in the form of the narrative of “The Inheritance of Hiram Percy Maxim” fell into my hands. Lantern Hollow Press will be publishing, for the very first time, the full and complete story of the inventions that led to so much death and destruction in the First World War. I reveal a conspiracy so deep that it stretches back to the very foundations of modern humanity.
History is filled with hints of what is really happening, but rarely do those inklings rise to the level that even an intelligent reader can see through the fog and into the truth of what is happening. For me, it all started with The Hobbit. As we know, according to Tolkien himself, the stories of Middle Earth are in fact the true history of northern Europe and are based on documentary evidence handed down through the years from the actual participants themselves. (They are recorded for us in such monumental works as The Red Book of Westmarch.) I was reading “Over Hill and Under Hill” to my daughter, the part where the dwarves are captured by the goblins, when we arrived at the following quote:
Now goblins are cruel, wicked, and bad hearted. They make no beautiful things, but they make many clever ones. … Hammers, axes, swords, daggers, pickaxes, tongs, and also instruments of torture, they make very well, or get other people to make to their design…. It is not unlikely that they invented some of the machines that have since troubled the world, especially the ingenious devices for killing large numbers of people at once, for wheels and engines and explosions always delighted them…but in those days and those wild parts they had not advanced (as it is called) so far.
This section had struck me before, but something really clicked this time. Tolkien seems to be implying that the goblins and orcs never really faded away entirely. In fact, they are apparently very much alive and with us, though we do not realize it. Given how subtle and secretive they are today compared to their more boorish ancestors, their culture must have changed quite a bit in the intervening years–refined itself perhaps…. But surely this was all too fantastic to be true!
I decided to investigate Tolkien’s seemingly outlandish claims. But where to start? Tolkien’s own involvement in war came in the early twentieth century in World War I, and so that seemed to be the most logical place to start. If I were looking for the fingerprints of clever goblins, there would be many technological candidates presented in the “war to end all wars” that would fit Tolkien’s description above–chemical warfare, non-line-of-sight artillery, repeating rifles, early tanks, the trenches themselves–but there was one invention that stood out above all others for its body count and mechanical precision: The Maxim machine gun.
I’ll spare you the details of Hiram Maxim’s life and the story of his invention, since his biography and that of his son, Hiram Percy, are intimately involved with the details revealed in the record that Lantern Hollow will soon provide to you. Suffice to say that I found corroborating evidence for the original documents in the hidden corners of such reliable and proven sources as Wikipedia and Yahoo!Answers (not to mention various personal archives that had me traipsing across Europe last summer), I discovered a trove of manuscripts that pointed to one unalterable conclusion: Humanity is not alone on this earth; we never have been. Worse, we are allowing ourselves to be manipulated by forces who have depended on anonymity for an entire age now.
It is high time that we pull back the curtain and shed some light into this den. So, I invite you to read the All Hallows’ Eve Edition of The Gallery of Worlds, to judge the evidence for yourself.
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Posted on October 19, 2012, in Brian Melton, History, J.R.R. Tolkien, Myth, Speculative Fiction and tagged ezine, fiction, goblins, Hiram Percy Maxim, Maxim Machine gun, orcs, The Hobbit. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.