- Dec 4, 2003Oh well, why not?
>1. Have you read The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and/or TheAll three. I'm not certain about the number. I've read the LotR more
> If so, which, and how many times?
than the other two, and The Hobbit more than The Silmarillion.
>2. Have you seen the movies?I've seen the first two, if you mean the recent ones. I've also seen the
> Did you think they were an accurate representation of the
animated versions. The recent ones are better (and more accurate) than the
>3. Which is your favorite and why?Ambiguous question. Do you mean of the three books mentioned in the first
question? The Lord of the Rings. Or do you mean of the movies? I like
the extended DVDs of the recent movies best of the available movies.
>4. Do you see any specific allegories that Tolkien may have writtenSure, Leaf by Niggle is about the life of the (unsuccessful by worldly
>into his writing?
standards) artist--with hope of a reward in the afterlife.
>5. Do you see any meaning Tolkien was attempting to portray?Yes. Many meanings in fact. Cf. the conversation between Eomer and
Aragorn about morality, for one example.
>6. Do you have a religious or spiritual orientation? (ie. Atheist,Episcopalian--since you make a distinction between Catholic and Christian....
>Agnostic, Catholic, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Wiccan, Satanist, etc.)
>7. Are there any particular parts of any of those books that holdSee my essay in Perry Bramlett's _"I Am in Fact a Hobbit"_ for an answer.
>significant meaning for you? If so, why?
>8. What background information, if any at all, do you see TolkienI've read Shippey's _The Road to Middle-Earth_, so I see a lot; one of my
>drawing from, and if so, what specifically do you see? (ie. Anglo-Saxon
>lit, Icelandic lit, Nordic lit, Celtic lit, Classical lit)
earliest published notes on Tolkien was an identification of the source of
the Dead Marshes. You omit the influences of Middle English lit, Finnish
lit, medieval Germanic lit, and medieval Latin lit. (According to my
dictionary "Nordic" does not include Germanic.)
>9. What do you think Tolkien �meant� in his writing?He meant for his readers to find their own applicability.
>10. What similarities and differences do you see between the writingsThe basic distinction is not one of magic. Tolkien wrote a children's book
>of J.K. Rowling and J.R.R. Tolkien? Specifically in reference to themes
>such as good and evil, the
>use of magic, and things of that nature.
(The Hobbit) and then an adult work (The Lord of the Rings). Rowling is
doing a seven-book series that began as children's books and is developing
into teenagers' books.
(I can't imagine the usefulness of this sort of questionaire--it seems to
be intended for highschool students.)
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