12047Crossdressing heroines and other things that remain
- May 4, 2004So, yes, there is Jeanne d'Arc (who met a sad fate) and Mu Lan (whose story
I never knew) but I feel as if there were others... but then, perhaps, it
is just that I read LOTR early on, and Eowyn's tale was part of my literary
foundation. Has anyone thought of others?
Which brings me to the next point: It is sometimes said that Tolkien
attempted, successfully I would say, to create a mythos for the English, of
things that were and things that could have been. In some places people
learn in school about things like the Iliad and the Odyssey, and cut their
literary teeth on such ancient classics. That's not the case today, at
least, not for any of the Yanks that I know. Maybe it's still true across
the Pond, or in the more upscale private schools.
So for me, Tolkien (and Kipling, and some of the stories of Robin Hood and
Arthur) formed that base. I think some of the things that the old
scholarship was meant to do was to familiarize us, not just with the plots
and characters, but with themes and morals and what do you call them? The
things that remain. And I think that Professor Tolkien gave us many of
those things in LOTR. I never really thought about it until recent years,
as I find out more and more of the "background" ... of the language history
and the things that are sort of there, shadow-like, in the background.
Like orcs, for example. And Gandalf.
And then to my next thought, which will be anathema to some, so be
prepared. I haven't read Order of the Phoenix yet and quite frankly am not
about to read it tomorrow. I have too little reading time lately to delve
into that tome. But aside from the editing that I hear it needs, OK it
could have been tighter, what of the things that remain? That actions have
consequences and that love endures and that sacrifices are not wasted and
whatever and so on. I personally am dying to find out the connection
between Hagrid and Dumbledore, and Snape and the Light and the Dark.
I enjoyed Lewis many times, the Narnia books I mean. But I think we always
need new. And perhaps it is possible that Rowling is the new for now?
Lewis was new once. Tolkien was new once. I'm not saying Rowling is
another Tolkien. Tad Williams would be closer, but even he is not the
I would like to hear some more thoughts on Order of the Phoenix, if anyone
is game. I remember earlier discussions but we can take it from another
Or the Dragonbone Chair books, although I've only read them once and of
course that hardly counts as reading them! lol
Elizabeth Apgar Triano
amor vincit omnia
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