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  • Mike Foster
    Jo and I did a dramatic reading of the Pitter-Lewis debate before tackling LWW at our December smial. You can hear the glee in Warnie s voice. Cheers, Mike ...
    Message 1 of 15 , Jan 4, 2006
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      Jo and I did a dramatic reading of the Pitter-Lewis debate before
      tackling LWW at our December smial.

      You can hear the glee in Warnie's voice.

      Cheers,
      Mike

      David Bratman wrote:

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      >"Nonsense, Jack; you're stumped and you know it" -- W.H. Lewis.
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    • Berni Phillips
      ... Oh, so that explains the casting of Eowyn (or however you spell her name -- I don t have a copy of the text where I am). I couldn t figure out how they
      Message 2 of 15 , Jan 4, 2006
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        >From: "Croft, Janet B." <jbcroft@...>
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        >And as an aside, one of the papers I'm editing observes that there are
        >Aryan supremacy groups out there that support a racist reading of LotR
        >and love the movies for their "beautiful Nordic heroes," posting stills
        >from the movies on their websites. Ik.
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        >Janet Brennan Croft

        Oh, so that explains the casting of Eowyn (or however you spell her name -- I don't have a copy of the text where I am). I couldn't figure out how they cast someone so bright and sunny as the ice princess of the text. I *liked* the actress; she just wasn't as described in the book.

        Pick, pick, pick,
        Berni
      • Michael Martinez
        ... They aren t quite all so ignorant about Tolkien. There is at least one white supremacist site where Tolkien is reviled (as am I) for NOT being a white
        Message 3 of 15 , Jan 5, 2006
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          --- In mythsoc@yahoogroups.com, "Croft, Janet B." <jbcroft@o...> wrote:
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          > And as an aside, one of the papers I'm editing observes that there
          > are Aryan supremacy groups out there that support a racist reading
          > of LotR and love the movies for their "beautiful Nordic heroes,"
          > posting stills from the movies on their websites. Ik.

          They aren't quite all so ignorant about Tolkien. There is at least
          one white supremacist site where Tolkien is reviled (as am I) for NOT
          being a white supremacist himself. It was kind of funny to see them
          beating up on newcomers for liking Tolkien when I stumbled across that
          forum a couple of years ago.

          --
          Michael Martinez
          Author of Understanding Middle-earth, Parma Endorion, and Visualizing
          Middle-earth
          http://www.michael-martinez.com/
          "Cuando Maria canta, ella canta para mí"
        • John D Rateliff
          Also amusing, in a ghastly sort of way, is the article That Noble Northern Spirit , written years ago (circa 1979-1981) by a neo-Nazi who admired Tolkien but
          Message 4 of 15 , Jan 5, 2006
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            Also amusing, in a ghastly sort of way, is the article "That Noble
            Northern Spirit", written years ago (circa 1979-1981) by a neo-Nazi
            who admired Tolkien but who knew, from reading LETTERS OF JRRT, that
            Tolkien despised Nazism.
            Sharon, in addition to the quote David cites I'd also recommend
            your looking at letters #29 and #30 (LETTERS OF JRRT pages 37-38),
            where Tolkien repudiates 'aryan' theory. Nothing irritated Tolkien
            more than people or things which approached things he as interested
            in and "got it wrong", whether Wagner's RING, CSL's Narnia, Spenser's
            elves, Shakespeare's walking woods in MACBETH, &c. I suspect his
            distaste for Irish (cf. his love of Welsh) and French (as opposed to
            a sentimental attachment to Spanish) and possibly even his dislike of
            Charles Williams' Arthurian poems (very unlike his own "The Fall of
            Arthur") are a different manifestation of the same principal. It's in
            the things that concern us most closely, and which we care about the
            most, that we react most strongly against when a variant of them rubs
            us the wrong way.
            --JDR

            current reading: The Narnian (Jacobs)


            On Jan 5, 2006, at 8:47 AM, Michael Martinez wrote:
            >> Janet Croft wrote:
            >> And as an aside, one of the papers I'm editing observes that there
            >> are Aryan supremacy groups out there that support a racist reading
            >> of LotR and love the movies for their "beautiful Nordic heroes,"
            >> posting stills from the movies on their websites. Ik.
            >
            > They aren't quite all so ignorant about Tolkien. There is at least
            > one white supremacist site where Tolkien is reviled (as am I) for NOT
            > being a white supremacist himself. It was kind of funny to see them
            > beating up on newcomers for liking Tolkien when I stumbled across that
            > forum a couple of years ago.



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          • David Bratman
            ... If it s written in that context it can t predate 1981, when Letters was published. However, the quote that I gave, and from which that article s title was
            Message 5 of 15 , Jan 5, 2006
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              At 10:53 AM 1/5/2006 -0800, John D Rateliff wrote:
              >Also amusing, in a ghastly sort of way, is the article "That Noble
              >Northern Spirit", written years ago (circa 1979-1981) by a neo-Nazi
              >who admired Tolkien but who knew, from reading LETTERS OF JRRT, that
              >Tolkien despised Nazism.

              If it's written in that context it can't predate 1981, when Letters was
              published. However, the quote that I gave, and from which that article's
              title was taken, first appeared in print in Carpenter's biography in 1977,
              p. 193-4.

              You don't say where the article may be found, if indeed it may.


              > Sharon, in addition to the quote David cites I'd also recommend
              >your looking at letters #29 and #30 (LETTERS OF JRRT pages 37-38),
              >where Tolkien repudiates 'aryan' theory.

              Oh yes, that's hysterical. Tolkien deliberately misconstrues Nazi race
              theory to show them up for the idiots they are. "I am not of Aryan
              extraction: that is Indo-iranian; as far as I am aware none of my ancestors
              spoke Hindustani, Persian, Gypsy, or any related dialects." Then to the
              question of whether he's Jewish: "I regret that I appear to have no
              ancestors of that gifted people."


              >Nothing irritated Tolkien
              >more than people or things which approached things he as interested
              >in and "got it wrong", whether Wagner's RING, CSL's Narnia, Spenser's
              >elves, Shakespeare's walking woods in MACBETH, &c.

              ... Peter Jackson ...


              >It's in
              >the things that concern us most closely, and which we care about the
              >most, that we react most strongly against when a variant of them rubs
              >us the wrong way.

              Indeed.


              DB
            • John D Rateliff
              ... You re right; it has to be 1981ff. I never saw the original publication but was given a photocopy of it in 1981 or shortly thereafter; the publication
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                On Jan 5, 2006, at 11:10 AM, David Bratman wrote:
                > If it's written in that context it can't predate 1981, when Letters
                > was
                > published. However, the quote that I gave, and from which that
                > article's
                > title was taken, first appeared in print in Carpenter's biography
                > in 1977,
                > p. 193-4.
                >
                > You don't say where the article may be found, if indeed it may.

                You're right; it has to be 1981ff. I never saw the original
                publication but was given a photocopy of it in 1981 or shortly
                thereafter; the publication information was written on it, and I
                don't remember it offhand all these years later. My copy isn't
                immediately accessible, but I'll send a copy of it to you next time I
                come across it, if you like.

                > Oh yes, that's hysterical. Tolkien deliberately misconstrues Nazi
                > race
                > theory to show them up for the idiots they are. "I am not of Aryan
                > extraction: that is Indo-iranian; as far as I am aware none of my
                > ancestors
                > spoke Hindustani, Persian, Gypsy, or any related dialects." Then
                > to the
                > question of whether he's Jewish: "I regret that I appear to have no
                > ancestors of that gifted people."
                >

                Indeed. His rejecting the term "Nordic" elsewhere is of a piece with
                this (LETTERS, page 375, he specifically dislikes it because "it is
                associated . . . with racialist [racist] theories"). And then too
                there's the matter of his modeling the Dwarves of THE HOBBIT on
                medieval Jewish craftsmen (esp. of Iberia) and on Old Testament
                Hebrew warrior-kings.
                By contrast, Robert Howard (author of the Conan stories) believed
                whole-heartedly in the Aryan myth; it would have been interesting, if
                he'd lived a few more years, to have seen how or if he distanced
                himself from the Nazi version/perversion/adaptation of that myth.
                [slightly off-topic, I know, but I was reminded of R.E.H. yesterday
                when I found out that his home town of Cross Plains, Texas was one of
                the area on fire and wondered if the Howard house survived this
                recent round of wildfires.] Spinrad's THE IRON DREAM points out the
                ways in which the two traditions were frightingly close, while
                Bernal's BLACK ATHENA for all its excesses does a great job of
                tracing how much of the old Aryan myth still underlies our ideas of
                early Eastern Mediterranean history (the interaction between Egypt,
                Phoenicia, Greece).


                >> Nothing irritated Tolkien
                >> more than people or things which approached things he as interested
                >> in and "got it wrong", whether Wagner's RING, CSL's Narnia, Spenser's
                >> elves, Shakespeare's walking woods in MACBETH, &c.
                >
                > ... Peter Jackson ...

                Well, yes; thought that went without saying.

                >> It's in
                >> the things that concern us most closely, and which we care about the
                >> most, that we react most strongly against when a variant of them rubs
                >> us the wrong way.
                >>
                >
                > Indeed.

                --JDR

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              • David Bratman
                ... As a collector of some of the odder Tolkien spinoffs (I cherish an old miniatures catalog which names Pippin and Merry as sons of Sam, the author having
                Message 7 of 15 , Jan 5, 2006
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                  At 11:46 AM 1/5/2006 -0800, John D Rateliff wrote:

                  >You're right; it has to be 1981ff. I never saw the original
                  >publication but was given a photocopy of it in 1981 or shortly
                  >thereafter; the publication information was written on it, and I
                  >don't remember it offhand all these years later. My copy isn't
                  >immediately accessible, but I'll send a copy of it to you next time I
                  >come across it, if you like.

                  As a collector of some of the odder Tolkien spinoffs (I cherish an old
                  miniatures catalog which names Pippin and Merry as sons of Sam, the author
                  having apparently read nothing of LOTR except Appendix C), yes I'd be
                  interested.


                  > By contrast, Robert Howard (author of the Conan stories) believed
                  >whole-heartedly in the Aryan myth; it would have been interesting, if
                  >he'd lived a few more years, to have seen how or if he distanced
                  >himself from the Nazi version/perversion/adaptation of that myth.

                  A lot of people jumped back and forth on this, as others did over
                  Communism. If we can't have Howard's views because he died too soon, how
                  about H.P. Lovecraft's? A genteel racist who also believed in his own
                  stock's superiority, he lived long enough to recognize Hitler for the evil
                  that he was, and to his credit denounced Nazism before the war (which he
                  didn't live to see). Lovecraft was also an economic conservative who came
                  to see the virtue in the New Deal.


                  >[slightly off-topic, I know, but I was reminded of R.E.H. yesterday
                  >when I found out that his home town of Cross Plains, Texas was one of
                  >the area on fire and wondered if the Howard house survived this
                  >recent round of wildfires.]

                  According to what I've read, it rather miraculously did. Possibly Joe
                  Christopher, who lives two counties away, would know more.


                  >> ... Peter Jackson ...
                  >
                  >Well, yes; thought that went without saying.

                  Considering some of the things you've said in the past in defense of the
                  films, I rather thought it didn't.


                  >Interesting. I don't understand his or her remark about there not
                  >being any Tolkien adaptations, unless by this he or she means that no
                  >one has messed with Tolkien's text, as they have with Lewis's LWW.

                  I think she meant to say that the existing films messed with the text so
                  greatly that she refused to accept them as Tolkien adaptations.


                  >As for his or her deciding not to see films the v. thought of which
                  >made him or her "irrationally angry", that seems like a good call. I
                  >have to wonder, though, about the whole secondary separation thing;
                  >seems like a huge investment of mental energy to find out everyone
                  >involved in all three films and then keeping track of their role in
                  >subsequent films so he or she can boycott them all. What a waste of
                  >time and energy.

                  That puzzled me too, as the actors were not the problem with the films,
                  even when miscast. Besides, a boycott of all films with Jackson's actors
                  in them would force one to skip out on the wonderful "Eternal Sunshine of
                  the Spotless Mind".

                  DB
                • Croft, Janet B.
                  ... That puzzled me too, as the actors were not the problem with the films, even when miscast. Besides, a boycott of all films with Jackson s actors in them
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                    >As for his or her deciding not to see films the v. thought of which
                    >made him or her "irrationally angry", that seems like a good call. I
                    >have to wonder, though, about the whole secondary separation thing;
                    >seems like a huge investment of mental energy to find out everyone
                    >involved in all three films and then keeping track of their role in
                    >subsequent films so he or she can boycott them all. What a waste of
                    >time and energy.

                    That puzzled me too, as the actors were not the problem with the films,
                    even when miscast. Besides, a boycott of all films with Jackson's
                    actors in them would force one to skip out on the wonderful "Eternal
                    Sunshine of the Spotless Mind".

                    DB

                    ** And I for one would hate to have to boycott everything else Sir Ian
                    McKellan appeared in. But you won't see me in line to see King Kong, not
                    at prices today and not when it means _paying_ to sit through
                    anti-piracy ads.

                    Janet


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                  • Sharon Bolding
                    Thanks for all your references and pointers to these sources. I appreciate your insights. And now I have plenty of reading to get to...
                    Message 9 of 15 , Jan 9, 2006
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                      Thanks for all your references and pointers to these sources. I
                      appreciate your insights. And now I have plenty of reading to get to...
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