18455Re: Wolves in Tolkien, European folklore & religion.
- Nov 3, 2007I never faced a wolf, so, I can't say anything about shooting it.
Probably, a sword might be more efficient against such kind of
enemy ... Maybe trying to shoot it would be somewhat like trying to
hitting it with an arrow: it can be done at a distance, but face-to-
face? ... 'Dunno.
I don't quite agree about your reading of the European understanding
of the wolf; I think that in European history, problems with wolves
come out of some sort of competition between man and wolf, which
didn't quite happen in the American Indian cultures, because men
We shouldn't forget that dogs are species of wolves, and they happen
to be man's best friend. Once you make friends with a wolf, *he* will
be faithful until death ("Dances-with-wolves" essays to make a
portrait of this kind of relationship being established ...).
JRT did let pass something about "domestic lion", through Tom
Bombabil's poems ... "Fat cat on the mat, kept as pet ... he does not
forget" (that he used to be a lion ...).
--- In TolkienDiscussions@yahoogroups.com, "Peter Chapman"
>partial to mutton. But European folklore paints them as monsters, red
> The worst thing that can be said about wolves is that they are
in tooth & claw. This of course, is due to the European obsession
with the cult of the shepherd god. In this form, they find their way
into Tolkein's literature.
>to them as "brother wolf - the teacher".
> The north American Indians have a very different view. They refer
>(Swedish for wolf) which gave PJ licence to create the hyena-like
> Luckily PJ & co had an out. Tolkein usually refers to them as Wargs
creatures. I don't suppose TTT would have gone down too well if the
good guys had been forced to kill loads of waggy doggies! Nor would
there have been many takers for RotK.
>who shoot wolves. This is on a par with shooting horses, eagles,
> There are still people in North America and on the edges of Europe
bears, tigers, elephants and dolphins/orcas.
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