16783Re: [mythsoc] BBC NEWS | Magazine | The Somme and Tolkien
- Jul 3 4:00 PMThe "Schoolmaster" would have been Michael Tolkien.
Pretty much a work of fiction, I fear. Whoever came up with that
story doesn't take into account No Man's Land, with its deep mud and
multiple barriers of barbed wire -- not something a horse could
casually gallop across.
As for "Uhlans", wikipedia says some fought in the early weeks of
the war (e.g., summer/fall 1914) but were then dismounted once trench
warfare began or else transferred to the Eastern Front, where calvary
was still actually effective.
There are also minor quibbles, but let them pass. Clearly
On Jul 3, 2006, at 12:53 PM, Stolzi wrote:
> Interesting, but no mention of John Garth's book, though I would
> bet she has
> read it, or at least heard him speak.
> Also I have some trouble with the comment (presently at the bottom)
> by the
> Revd John Waddington-Feather. Even if he does give Tolkien's son
> one?) as his authority.
> A signals officer riding around behind the lines on a cavalry horse?
> Demonic Uhlans? Reeeeally?
> I suspect the scene if it ever occurred, occurred primarily, as
> well as
> secondarily, in one of Tolkien's nightmares.
> And if the story is true, why has it never been heard before - by me,
> anyway? Have any of you heard it?
> Diamond Proudbrook
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