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19017Re: [mythsoc] Mystical Realms Newsletter for October, 2007

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  • Diane Joy Baker
    Oct 15, 2007
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      I just saw *Mr. Baggins* and *Return to Bag End* under the rubric title *History of the Hobbit* at a local Barnes and Noble. Your name on the cover. (Or it looked like it!) Congratulations!

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: John D Rateliff
      To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Saturday, October 13, 2007 8:19 PM
      Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Mystical Realms Newsletter for October, 2007


      On Oct 4, 2007, at 5:48 AM, jef.murray wrote:
      > Tolkien's Elves were immortal, and so they were, as such, natural
      > guardians of history and wisdom. But Tolkien modeled these mythical
      > beings after the Benedictine monks of Europe. The western monastic
      > tradition, which began with the Rule of St. Benedict, spread
      > throughout Europe during the Dark Ages.

      I have never heard this theory before, of the Elves being modeled on
      medieval Xian monks. Can you point me towards a source? I shd have
      thought the Tuatha de Danaan a closer parallel than the Benedictines.
      --John R.
      (sorry to be slow in responding, but I've been away in the Midwest
      and am just starting to play catch-up on my email)

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