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16640RE: [TolkienDiscussions] The LotR Tarot

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  • Pippin
    Sep 1, 2006
      I'm not following.
      JRRT defended having reincarnation in his writing (if I understand you), and he wrote extensively about a wizard using magic on the good guys' side and seeing stones and (in the movie version) a big perfume bottle from Galadriel that lights up in spider caves, but you believe he would object to a Tarot deck (which to me is certainly not a tool of the underworld) using his characters? I think he would have been delighted, based on what I've read (including a biography), and apparently enough people at Tolkien Enterprises agreed in order to authorize this Tarot/game.
      By the way...
      Tarot developed by Terry Donaldson
      Artwork by Peter Pracownik
      Game rules by Mike Fitzgerald
      'Dedicated to Gandalf--Long may his friendship be with us.'
      I also don't understand 'secondary world'.  Does this mean if JRRT had written pornography, it would have been OK with his Roman Catholic self, as long as the setting was Middle Earth?
      Perhaps I will understand if I read his letters. At present, the idea still feels like reading someone else's private mail, but that feeling may pass.
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      Sent: 9/1/2006 1:29:24 PM
      Subject: RE: [TolkienDiscussions] The LotR Tarot

      Yes, but the magic & divination in LOTR are in a secondary world.  If you will read the LETTERS, you will see that JRRT held that this made a difference.  There is a long letter of his countering a reader's objection to his having introduced reincarnation into his mythos when Christianity by and large (and expecially Roman Catholicism) has utterly rejected it.
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