19751Re: Inspiration the other direction?
- May 11, 2008--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Merlin DeTardo" <emptyD@...> wrote:
> >>---"Morlin Saarinen" <ebadams2000@> wrote:
> << Specifically, I am thinking of "Beowulf: The Monsters and the
> Critics" essay. Is it possible that it was the experience of
> what would become "The Silmarillion" that gave Tolkien the insightthat
> revolutionized Beowulf scholarship? >>thinking
> Can you be more specific? What in the "Silmarillion" are you
> of, that might have influenced the "Beowulf" essay?there
> It has certainly been argued that "On Fairy-Stories" grew from
> Tolkien's experience writing fiction, and I vaguely remember that
> may be something similar written about "The Monsters and theCritics",
> but nothing in particular is leaping to mind. Maybe Randel Helms,in
> _Tolkien's World_? (However, Helms wouldn't have been discussing_The
> Silmarillion_, which hadn't yet been published.)As I understand it, prior to Tolkien, the norm for "Beowulf"
> -Merlin DeTardo
scholarship was to concentrate on the possibly historical elements
and de-emphasize the fantastical elements. Tolkien realized that the
fantastical elements were as central to the story as anything else,
and that the whole poem should be examined as a whole, unified epic.
It seems not unlikely to me that he may have come to this realization
while writing his own epic(the pre-Silmarillion writings), in which
one certainly would not be able to ignore the fantastical and
understand anything of it.
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