19423RE: [mythsoc] Re: two queries
- Feb 13, 2008".but at the top of the Roll in all accounts stand the names of Captains
Meriadoc and Peregrin.
"Frodo had been in the battle, but he had not drawn sword, and his chief
part had been to prevent the hobbits, in their wrath at their losses,
from slaying those of their enemies who threw down their weapons."
p. 365, "The Scouring of the Shire," _The Return of the King_,
Ballantine paperback edition.
Conclude what you will; the fact is that Frodo's heroism is finally not
that of a warrior. Why Tolkien revised his story thus is conjecture;
that he did so is fact.
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Of David Bratman
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 6:53 PM
Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Re: two queries
Tolkien had already written Frodo renouncing the carrying of weapons in
Mordor when he drafted the initial versions of the Scouring in which
Frodo fights Sharky in single combat and does other improbable things.
It took Tolkien's conscious a while to catch on to what his subconscious
Lynn Maudlin <lynnmaudlin@ <mailto:lynnmaudlin%40yahoo.com> yahoo.com>
>--- In mythsoc@yahoogroups <mailto:mythsoc%40yahoogroups.com> .com,"Mike Foster" <mafoster@...> wrote:
>> For what it's worth, in the early drafts of the final chapters of
>> Lord of the Rings_, narrating the events leading up to the scouringof
>> the Shire, many of the defiant words and deeds are Frodo's. In[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>> revision, Tolkien transferred these to Pippin and more often Merry.
>I don't know what you expect us to conclude from that, Mike - my own
>conclusion is that Frodo's journey was not that of a warrior and his
>sacrifice was not made with a sword. But I don't think that means
>Frodo didn't support Merry and Pippin in *their* call to be brave
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