19195Re: Article that mentions Tolkien
- Dec 4 2:11 PM
>---WendellWag@... wrote:<< They make no comment themselves on what they think of it.
Neither will I. It's "The Once & Future Christendom" by James P.
Pinkerton from the September 10th issue of _The American
Thanks for the link, Wendell.
I won't refrain from some quibbles.
Peter Jackson is not mentioned in the article, but in Pinkerton's
opening paragraph, he is quoting Jackson's movie not Tolkien's book
(cue Mike Foster's signature line). For example, he gives Gandalf's
remark about the actions of some power directing Bilbo's acquisition
of the Ring as:
"And that is an encouraging thought."
In the book, Gandalf says:
"And that may be an encouraging thought."
The difference was lately noted in a discussion of "The Shadow of the
Past" at TheOneRing.net.*
Pinkerton also overstates when he says that "Frodo is a Fallohide."
In the Prologue to _LotR_, Tolkien writes:
"In Eriador [the Fallohides] soon mingled with the other kinds that
had preceded them, but being somewhat bolder and more adventurous,
they were often found as leaders or chieftains among clans of
Harfoots or Stoors. Even in Bilboâs time the strong Fallohidish
strain could still be noted among the greater families, such as the
Tooks and the Masters of Buckland."
I also think Pinkerton is wrong that Tolkien "modeled Frodo,
admiringly, after the Tommiesâ"the grunt infantrymen" (that sounds
more like Sam), that "the greatest desire for power, Ring-lust, is
felt by men, not the lesser beings" (which ignores the tale's
climax), and that the "Council of Elrond will fight Sauronâs army
through 'conventional' means".
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