Re: Lord of the Rings - little people
>> I think the reason we call Tolkien the father of fantasy is thathe brought fantasy literature out of "childrens" section... not that
he actually re-invented it, just bumped it up a notch.<<
Well, he certainly opened up the market in adult fantasy books.
However, Lord Dunsany, and a few other were writing such things
The "little people" be they Hobbits, elves, pixies, munchkins,
gnomes, menehune, drwaves, etc. Are very popular tropes. The Hobbits
are just a particular version of it, kind of a cross between a
brownie and an English cottager.
- Interesting discussions here. I especially like the views on
narcissicsm as they are related to fantasy villians.
Diamond, I am unsure if you determined the exact political
connotations of the Wizard of Oz (I've read and heard the same
although I can not recall just who and what was compared to what and
who!). Interestingly enough, there are a great deal of books out
there that can be construed as having a political spin to them or as
depicting something politically-related. I would just like to think
of the Wizard of Oz as L. Frank Baum's nice little fairytale that was
years ahead of it's time!
--- In fantasyfictiondungeon@y..., "shipwreckmazuma"
> Yeah, I remember our history teacher basing an entire class sessiondo
> on that in high school. It was really interesting, but sadly I too
> not remember all the particulars. Practically everything had its
> parallel though.
> --- In fantasyfictiondungeon@y..., Diamond Lightfoot
> <diamondlightfoot@y...> wrote:
> > --- trevinwolfe <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> > > The Wizard of Oz is one of those books that got
> > > mangled in the
> > > process of making it into a movie. It is one of my
> > > all-time favorite
> > > movies, so I decided not to read the book. I have
> > > read many others
> > > in the series, but I avoid that one.
> > >
> > >
> > I heard somewhere that the Wizard of Oz was written as
> > a political comment (the yellow brick road...the gold
> > standard, etc). I forget how many examples there were
> > given.....I'll have to do some looking around for it.
> > I'm sure there's something on the net.
> > =0)
> > Diamond
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