10279RE: [mythsoc] free Ring inside
- Oct 23, 2003Lizzie -
This is not a question of "artistic vision," it's a question of
philosophical interpretation. And it's most emphatically not whether it
"works for me," it's whether it's a philosophical misinterpretation of Tolkien.
Who's to say what's a misinterpretation of Tolkien? That's for people who
know Tolkien's work to figure out. The person wearing the Ring has offered
an interpretation; I've given mine. If you want to offer a
counter-argument, offer one, but don't tsk and say that nobody can call
something else invalid. That's a fundamental moral relativism, which
Tolkien and Lewis stood against all their lives. Eomer asked, "How shall a
man judge what to do in such times?" and Aragorn replied, "As he ever has
judged. Good and evil have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one
thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among Men. It is a man's part to
discern them, as much as in the Golden Wood as in his own house."
And I have done my part to discern here - I will not say "good" and "evil",
nor even "right" and "wrong", but just "a reasonable interpretation of
Tolkien" and "a misinterpretation of Tolkien."
But I am a modern relativist too. As far as I'm concerned, we are free to
misinterpret Tolkien all we want. Any of us would hardly be the first.
(I'm a big fan of "Bored of the Rings" myself.) Just be aware when we're
At 02:24 PM 10/22/2003 , Lizzie wrote:
>Oh David, honestly. So it doesn't work for you. Who's to say that another
>person's artistic vision isn't valid? Tsk, tsk, tsk.
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