19205Re: [mythsoc] Re: Article that mentions Tolkien
- Dec 5, 2007I very much doubt that Tolkien would vote for the Green Party, but he was very far from being a stereotypical Tory. That his ecological views were, through a Christian viewpoint, very green with a small "g" is, I think, adequately proven by Dickerson and Evans's "Ents, Elves, and Eriador," and also supported by Curry's "Defending Middle-earth." Using "seeing Tolkien as 'green'" as any kind of measure of "offness" in Tolkien studies is, I think, unfair and mistaken. Tolkien was entirely comparatible with being "green", as long as you do not confuse that with either of 1) voting for the Green Party; 2) adopting the lifestyle of stereotypically "green" people.
>From: Lynn Maudlin <lynnmaudlin@...>
>Sent: Dec 5, 2007 9:12 PM
>Subject: [mythsoc] Re: Article that mentions Tolkien
>Assuredly JRRT was ecologically minded but I don't know that that
>equals "Green Party voter" (which, my impression from *this* side of
>the pond, is fairly left-leaning in nearly all regards, yes?). But I
>could have used the example of the folks who thought that pipeweed was
>marijuana... (like Peter Jackson, perhaps?!!).
>All due respect to Tom Shippey, but I suspect Priscilla Tolkien and
>Christopher Tolkien would be better at surmising how JRRT would vote
>in today's elections.
> -- Lynn --
>--- In email@example.com, "Merlin DeTardo" <emptyD@...> wrote:
>> >--- "Lynn Maudlin" <lynnmaudlin@> wrote:
>> << One might read Pinkerton's article and feel he misuses JRRT but I
>> don't think he's any further off than the folks who saw Tolkien
>> as "green"... >>
>> Here's one such: Tom Shippey, in his article, "Literature, Twentieth
>> Century, Influence of Tolkien", in _J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia_ (2006):
>> "If he were voting today, Tolkien would certainly vote for the Green
>> -Merlin DeTardo
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