20430Re: [mythsoc] Ed[d!]ison
- Mar 23, 2009Hi,
Thanks for people's comments. (I have Tolkien's Letters, but having read them a long time ago and before Eddison, I had clearly banished memory of the reference from my mind!)
So Tolkien said Eddison didn't influence him, but some say he did. That clears that one up then!
----- Original Message -----
From: John D Rateliff
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2009 7:56 PM
Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Edison
Quick version: Tolkien didn't discover ERE's work until the early
'40s (1942 I think). He admired THE WORM greatly, aside from the
nomenclature, which he found rather silly (Lord Spitfire was, in
retrospect, particularly unfortunate). He didn't think much of
Eddison's philosophy, though, and since that dominates his later
works he liked them less. Eddison did influence THE LORD OF THE
RINGS, but only in a few scenes later in the work (Pippin & the
palantir, Saruman's treacherous attack on Frodo). Both men drew on
the sagas, but ERE added to that a strong influx from Eliz/Jacobean
revenge tragedy, which was entirely unTolkienesque, while JRRT's
concern for the common man is entirely unEddisonian.
Does that help? For more, I'd recommend Paul Thomas's excellent
editions, with their outstanding introductions and extensive endnotes.
a.. 1New Members
Visit Your Group
10 Day Club
on Yahoo! Groups
Share the benefits
of a high fiber diet.
Weight Management Group
on Yahoo! Groups
Join the challenge
and lose weight.
Auto Enthusiast Zone
Passionate about cars?
Check out the Auto Enthusiast Zone.
I am using the free version of SPAMfighter.
We are a community of 6 million users fighting spam.
SPAMfighter has removed 155108 of my spam emails to date.
Get the free SPAMfighter here: http://www.spamfighter.com/len
The Professional version does not have this message
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
- Next post in topic >>