19043Re: [mythsoc] Re: Silmarillion as beloved book of childhood
- Oct 23, 2007Wow. That's really heavy. That's the best thing I've read all day.
Thanks for rendering so eloquently your profound appreciation.
I especially like your observation of "the elegance of its convoluted
web of cause and long-delayed effect."
I feel that _The Silmarillion_ is like a fine wine, or maybe a fine
esoteric blend of tobacco, or chese or something like that. First
you've got to develop a taste for that, and then as your sensibilities
become more refined your appreciation of it becomes more substantial.
There seems something quite romantic about your experience with _The
Silmarillion_ on that long deployment at sea.
On 10/23/07, William Cloud Hicklin <solicitr@...> wrote:
> Although my teeneaged self pre-ordered the Silmarillion
> and even marked on the calendar the day I could
> triumphantly collect it at Waldenbooks, and I loved it
> from the start (unlike, I expect, many< I didn't then
> fully apprecioate it. It took perhaps collegiate study
> in both philosophy and Old English to enable deeper
> levels of understanding.
> I think for a considerable time I valued the Sil as too
> many still do: as mere backstory to The LR, the
> Appendices extended, an infodump, a mine of trivia.
> Substantial appreciation of its grandeur as a whole, of
> the elegance of its convoluted web of cause and long-
> delayed effect, of its powerful meditations on the nature
> of Evil, really began to dawn when I read it on a long,
> long deployment at sea in the Navy.
> Nowadays I don't believe the two can be ranked relative
> to one another: they are simply too different. I suppose
> that if one views The Lord of the Rings as Tolkien's 9th
> Symphony, glorious, uplifting, at times ferocious,
> inspiring, spiritual, but nonetheless 'popular'; then the
> Sil is his Late Quartets: spare, un-'popular',
> discursive, numinous in a manner harder to pin down,
> uncompromisingly driven by its own unique internal
> logic...and unfinished.
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