20183Re: re. Star over Mordor
- Nov 13, 2008In a funny little piece of self-foot-shooting, I failed to post this
to the list yesterday:
Not to answer for John, but don't you think that's a fairly human
response? In a time of trouble and uncertainty to look up and see the
stars as timeless (well, *more* timeless than we are) and therefore a
sign of hope, of endurance?
-- Lynn --
--- In email@example.com, "Doug Kane" <dougkane@...> wrote:
> John D. Rateliff wrote:
> > Another strong parallel, and possible direct inspiration, for Sam's
> > seeing the Star over Mordor comes in Charlie Chaplin's THE GREAT
> > DICTATOR , which includes a scene in which the barber (Chaplin)
> > and the girl hide on a roof top from storm troopers, see a star in
> > the sky high above, and think about how its permanence and purity
> > will outlast even Hitler's reich. Unfortunately, it's been too long
> > since I've seen the film to be able to give any details.
> John, I'm curious to know whether you are basing your supposition
that this scene in that classic film might have been a direct
inspiration for Tolkien's writing that sequence purely on the extreme
similarlity between the two scenes, or whether you have any indication
that Tolkien actually saw/was impressed by the film?
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