On Sep 4, 2006, at 10:32 AM, Mike Foster wrote:
> "Abusus non tollit usum. Fantasy remains a human right: we make in our
> measure and in our derivative mode, because we are made: and not only
> made, but made in the image and likeness of a Maker."
> --JRRT, "On Fairy Stories"
True enough, but that doesn't mean that Tolkien felt that "anything
goes" in the name of Fantasy and sub-creation: his statement rests
upon our being made, and hence our making, "_in the image and
likeness of a Maker_". Does anyone think that Tolkien would apply
this as license for, say, the "fantasies" of the Marquis de Sade, and
thus have no moral objection, or see any moral danger, in them?
Indeed, are not the lies of Morgoth a clear example within Tolkien's
own subcreation of morally dangerous fables _par excellence_? I
expect that we can agree then that Tolkien believed that there ARE
moral limitation on the "right" to Fantasy, especially as he did
believe those rights to derive ultimately from a Maker; and so,
further, that, while we may disagree on just where those limits lie
(and will, as we don't all share the same philosophical/moral/
religious systems), discussing them (politely, of course),
particularly with respect to some philosophical/moral/religious
system, is _per se_ neither unjustified nor unreasonable.