Fwd: [mythsoc] Re: Tolkien's tradition
- In a message dated 2/25/99 2:34:52 PM Eastern Standard Time, LeslieJ55@...
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> From: LeslieJ55@...
> In a message dated 2/25/99 12:46:03 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> mwinslow@... writes:
> > From: Matthew Winslow <mwinslow@...>
> > LeslieJ55@... [LeslieJ55@...] wrote:
> > > Would be great if you could name the book, and tell us why they are
> > in
> > > the tradition" of Tolkien. "In the tradition of Tolkien" has become a
> > > catchall phrase for publishers trying to push fantasy books for quite
> > > time now. Yet there really isn't a Tradition of Tolkien. Tolkien was
> > very
> > > unique in almost all of his work. The use of historical truth blended
> > I've often felt something similar regarding Tolkien: LOTR as much marked
> > death of the genre as the beginning, for no one can really expound upon
> > Tolkien achieved with LOTR. Instead, we just have a bunch of folks
> > him to various degrees. Where fantasy as a genre has succeeded is not
> > the
> > Tolk-clones, but with those works that *don't* try to mimic him, but do
> > homage to his genius and the legacy he gave us. I think the collection
> > was mentioned here on the list recently) "After the King" is good
> > to
> > this: the stronger works in the book are those that are *not* written
> > the
> > tradition of Tolkien" but that show the same sensitivity to myth that
> > Tolkien
> > had (something many of the Clones are missing, btw).
> > --
> > Matthew Winslow mwinslow@... http://x-real.firinn.org/
> > "Books are my passion, not only writing them and every once in a while
> > even reading them but just having them and moving them around and
> > the comfort of their serene presence." - Fred Buechnerdon'
> > Currently reading: Song for the Basilisk by Patricia McKillip
> The beauty of Tolkien's work is that he did not Try to write a Classic Epic
> story of any type. He wrote a story. Weaving historical scenes into
> imaginary myth. Telling a morality tale for anyone to understand. You
> set about to write a Classic.
> A book, piece of music, art, or whathaveyou becomes a Classic because it
> describes the Human experience. A classic is today, what it was yesterday,
> what it will be tomorrow. It STANDS. Whether fiction, or non-fiction, no
> matter what, it stands for humankinds longing for personal liberty, the
> ability to have a free thought, and the desire to be understood and
> Fiction writing takes history and colors it with more subtleties and
> observations so that we can place ourselves in the roles without harming
> ourselves, and yet gain a better insight into our nature. The need for
> human rights and dignity. Basic moral values. It is in us. We seek it.
> Tolkien explores these with deep understanding and quite statement.
> us from our confines of normal earth experience and allowing us to see the
> vision of what could be, rather than always what is. Thus teaching true
> lessons across the board.
> for those loving short sweet discussion,what gives?
> A hobbit returns