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  • Ted Sherman
    Mar 3, 2000

      I also was not attacking you, or JRRT; this is just an instance where I
      think he was wrong (thankfully, there are very few times where I
      disagree with him).


      WendellWag@... wrote:
      > From: WendellWag@...
      > In a message dated 3/3/00 7:20:01 AM Eastern Standard Time,
      > dbratman@... writes:
      > > 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.
      > Wendell Wagner
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