20070Re: [mythsoc] Re: Tolkien cartoon
- Sep 14 10:56 PM"Merlin DeTardo" <emptyD@...> wrote:
> ---David Bratman <dbratman@...> wrote:Only to belittle it.
> << It reads as if the cartoonist had browsed through a couple volumes
> restlessly while on an upset stomach and decided to condemn the whole
> project thereby. >>
> Well, he offers the other point of view in the third strip.
> << Also, if you want to complain about vast quantities of posthumousThat's why I wrote "vast quantities," Merlin. One book, _The Children of
> Tolkien hitting the streets, aren't you rather over ten years out of
> date? >>
> What about _The Children of Hurin_ and, er, _The History of The
> Hobbit_? I think those books, particularly the first one, got more
> attention in mainstream press than the later _History of Middle-earth_
Hurin_, isn't enough to generate the kind of flooding-the-market complaints
of these strips. And _The History of The Hobbit_ is not directly the
responsibility of Christopher Tolkien, at whom the attack is specifically
pointed, nor is it packaged and marketed as a book by Tolkien. An ignorant
inquirer picks it up at the store, it looks like a book by John Rateliff
_about_ Tolkien. John's name is more prominent than JRRT's on the cover,
and JRRT's name doesn't appear on the title page at all; neither of these
things is true of the Narn or of the HoME books.
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