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18465RE: [TolkienDiscussions] Re: Wolves in Tolkien, European folklore & religion.

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  • Jack
    Nov 6, 2007

      Isn’t it the lion that lays down with the lamb?


      And surely the prophet is talking about something very improbable here?



      From: TolkienDiscussions@yahoogroups.com [mailto:TolkienDiscussions@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Bruce Alan Wilson
      Sent: 06 November 2007 17:15
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      Subject: [TolkienDiscussions] Re: Wolves in Tolkien, European folklore & religion.


      Precisely.  We Europeans (including "Europeans in Diaspora") are the descendants of farmers and heardsmen; no wonder we don't like wolves.  Native Americans, as a hunting people, would like wolves.  Neither opinion is wrong; each is perfectly valid from its point of view.

      And the kinship of the wolf and the dog is a good one, too.  I once heard a sermon on the passage in Isaiah on the Peaceable Kingdom , when "the wolf shall lie down with the lamb, the cow and the bear shall feed together, and a little child shall lead them".  The priest pointed out that the shepherd's dog was once a wolf; he also said that there was plenty of room in the Divine Kennel for both Collies and Rottweilers.

      Bruce Alan Wilson

      "The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man.  Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish.  Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."--Iris Murdoch

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