Re: [mythsoc] Pt 1 Frodos task in Tolkiens Lord of the Rings
And what's with the weird Alan Paton reference? Frodo's agony over the
Shire has nothing in common with the agony over South Africa depicted in
Paton's novel "Cry, the Beloved Country."
- David Bratman
At 07:35 PM 5/1/2004 -0400, Carl F. Hostetter wrote:
>On May 1, 2004, at 12:52 PM, Walt Sheasby wrote:
>> The original scene is much less heart-rending because Frodo's cry of
>> deprivation is not explicitly related to the beloved country.
>Whereas _I_ find the scene as Tolkien wrote it to be far _more_
>effective and moving, because it shows Frodo's _utter_ isolation, not
>just from his home -- everyone, after all, can become homesick -- but
>from the natural world entirely.
- --- In email@example.com, Walt Sheasby
> The film script by Peter Jackson emphasizes nostalgiaand
> even beyond Tolkien's words. ...
> The original scene is much less heart-rending becauseGood grief, is THIS what Tolkien scholarship is coming to?
> Frodo's cry of deprivation is not explicitly related to the
> beloved country.
Jackson's movie dialogue being cited on the laughable
assumption that it has even a _whit_ of value to scholars
studying JRR Tolkien's thought, and held up as _superior_
to Tolkien's own writing no less? In an article purporting
to be about _Tolkien's_ "The Lord of the Rings"?
God help us if this is the shape of things to come.
-- Patrick H. Wynne