1176Re: New Beowulf
- Mar 3, 2000In a message dated 3/3/00 7:20:01 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> Man, I'm getting it from both sides this week, aren't I?I'm sorry if that came out sounding nasty. I didn't mean it as an attack on
you. An attack on Tolkien, possibly, but not on you.
I was referring to Tolkien's German ancestors, who were 1/64 of his ancestry
(or was it 1/32 or 1/128?). There are Americans who make a big deal of what
country their ancestors immigrated from, even if they immigrated over 200
years ago. There's something a bit odd about an Englishman making a big deal
about his ethnic identity. It's not as odd as an American making a big deal
about his ethnic identity, but it's odd nevertheless.
Maybe my testiness about this comes from having a two-year argument in the
letters column of _Amon Hen_ (the Tolkien Society quarterly newsletter) about
the "Englishness" of _The Lord of the Rings_. There are some T. S. members
who think that the appearance of any American voices in a movie version of
the book would be utter heresy.
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