5441Re: [mythsoc] More tripe from the media
- Feb 27, 2002At 07:39 PM 2/27/2002 , Staff Reporter, Bimingham Post wrote:
>The letter, written while Tolkien was completing the trilogy, revealsThe only clue hinting at this is the equation of Gondor with Venice. And I
>his thoughts. "It also hints that he believed the events in the
>trilogy actually happened," said Dominic Winter's documents expert
don't see how it follows that this equation of real places with fictional
ones - which he never hid, it's discussed in the Prologue - hints that he
believes it really happened. Many science-fiction novels take place on
Mars, which is also a real place: does that mean their authors believe they
>Dated September 8, 1955, the letter was sent in reply to a youngIs this part of Birmingham? They're some 6000 miles off.
>admirer who had asked Tolkien when the final part of the trilogy was
>to appear. Tolkien, who was born in Five Ways,
>replied that he hadFirst time, indeed! Why, for over 20 years one could have looked in
>just come back from a "holiday in Gondor, or in modern parlance,
>Venice", perhaps revealing for the first time that Gondor was
Tolkien's published Letters at no. 168, written the previous day, in which
he makes the same identification, adding that it was "a change from the
North Kingdom." IIRC Carpenter discusses this in the biography also.
>He then goes on to say: "Since my return I have let the days slip.Also not news.
>Not to the detriment of Vol III! That was out of my hands some time
>ago - in the end much has had to be jettisoned, including the
>facsimiles of the Book of Mazarbul and the index of names (with
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