24202Re: [mythsoc] Re: Denethor and Abraham
- Apr 10, 2013Thank you, Merlin, for those references! You wrote:
> There is a reference to Abraham and Isaac in the Old English version ofToo long since I read that book, so I looked in it now. Tolkien
> EXODUS, of which Tolkien's edition and translation appeared posthumously
> in 1982.
notes that "the poet had a strange idea of the manner of sacrifice,
shared by the poet of _Genesis_ . . . Isaac is placed on the burning
pyre before he is slain . . . fire was thought of as one of the means
of death". In the Bible, Abraham raises his knife to kill Isaac, the
fire is prepared to be lit afterwards. Tolkien's story combines the
motifs: Denethor's original intent is death by fire, then when that
is hindered he draws a knife.
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