21519Re: [mythsoc] Re: religion in Tolkien
- Oct 15, 2010Of course; although there hovers around Gandalf (in LOTR) the sense that he is a person of power who yet serves some greater power. It is he who can tell Frodo that Bilbo was "meant" to find the Ring, and so on. The "angel" remark merely confirms and makes explicit something that is already evident -- if one is prepared to see it. I think your earlier message is right on target in saying that Lin Carter had an unduly restrictive, even on historical-cultural grounds, sense of what a "religion" looks like.
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