14590Re: The people for the myth ?
- Apr 11 12:02 PMDavid Bratman wrote:
> There are a few casual references here and thereIn a way, that makes me feel sad ... as if an orphan is making up
> in old literature to English myths, which are
> probably analogues of German and Norse myths,
> but we don't know for sure, and we don't know
> what distinctive features they had.
> Tolkien felt this loss keenly, and dropped
> references to these myths into the Book of Lost
> Tales. That's why he gave it that title: he was
> trying to recover lost myths of the English.
> (Well, sort of.)
stories about what his parents were really like. No imagined tale
can ever really be as satisfying as discovering the truth, but
perhaps it gives a small sense of comfort.
Perhaps it is that aspect of "Lord of the Rings" that touched so many
people in America in the 60's: they were isolated from their American
culture and, due to the cultural losses of becoming American, they
had no pre-American culture to which they could retreat. "Lord of
the Rings" gave them a replacement myth around which they could
gather. (Frodo lives, indeed.) Not what Tolkien intended, perhaps,
but since his own desire for a replacement myth was one of the seeds
of the trilogy, I can see how it might have happened.
(Now, my non-scholarly opinion can be constructively criticized by
those more learned list members ... I'm curious to see if my view has
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