Re: New Beowulf
- On Fri, 3 Mar 2000 WendellWag@... wrote:
> I was referring to Tolkien's German ancestors, who were 1/64 of his ancestryAmericans tend not, however, to make a big deal out of ancestors who were
> (or was it 1/32 or 1/128?). There are Americans who make a big deal of what
> country their ancestors immigrated from, even if they immigrated over 200
> years ago. There's something a bit odd about an Englishman making a big deal
> about his ethnic identity. It's not as odd as an American making a big deal
> about his ethnic identity, but it's odd nevertheless.
only 1/64th of their ancestry, unless it's something rare and special. I
know people who are 1/64th Amerind, and proud of it.
Tolkien didn't make a big deal out of his ancestry: these are three
letters over an entire lifetime! But to the extent that he did, it was
1) to correct the misapprehension, from his name, that he was German; 2)
because he loved his homeland and felt a special connection with it.
There's nothing wrong with that: here in California, people whose
ancestors have been here for a whole hundred years feel a special sense
of connectedness which they hold over those of us who've only been here
for 30 or 40 years; and we, in turn, who can remember Silicon Valley
before it was called that, and when it was full of orchards, have
something over the dot-com weenies.
> Maybe my testiness about this comes from having a two-year argument in theI agree with them!
> letters column of _Amon Hen_ (the Tolkien Society quarterly newsletter) about
> the "Englishness" of _The Lord of the Rings_. There are some T. S. members
> who think that the appearance of any American voices in a movie version of
> the book would be utter heresy.
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>From: "David S. Bratman" <dbratman@...>Hmmph. Surely they would agree to let Americans voice the orcs!
>On Fri, 3 Mar 2000 WendellWag@... wrote:
>> Maybe my testiness about this comes from having a two-year argument in the
>> letters column of _Amon Hen_ (the Tolkien Society quarterly newsletter) about
>> the "Englishness" of _The Lord of the Rings_. There are some T. S. members
>> who think that the appearance of any American voices in a movie version of
>> the book would be utter heresy.
>I agree with them!
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- "David S. Bratman" wrote:
>and we, in turn, who can remember Silicon Valley
> before it was called that, and when it was full of orchards, have
> something over the dot-com weenies.
Your comment about the orchards brought back a flood of memories of the
Santa Clara Valley when it still have more orchards than concrete. I can
remember looking down over the valley from Skyline or the Saratoga Gap
and seeing blossoms--plum and apricot--from the Santa Cruz foothills to
the Mt. Hamilton range.
Thanks for the jolt to my memory!
Dr. Theodore James Sherman
Department of English, Box X041
College of Liberal Arts
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
615 898-5836; FAX 615 898-5098