RE: [mythsoc] Question about LOTR and redeeming Nordicmythology
- I have four degrees of separation myself -- when my husband was in grad
school in physics, he shook the hand of a professor who shook the hand
of Von Braun. We've also seen Von Braun's personal slide rule (although
that won't send shivers up the spine of anyone but a slide rule
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Of Bonnie Callahan
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2006 2:17 AM
Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Question about LOTR and redeeming Nordicmythology
Good stuff, David!
Ironically, I now have 3 degrees of separation to that "ruddy li'l
ignoramus'". My neighbor's father knew Werhner Von Braun, who told her &
her family in the '50s about how Adolph had become a whitehaired little
wacko in a totally psycho state in his bunker, didn't have any photos
taken of him after the early '40s. Now I want to dredge this lode of
info for more! I assume the rotten little spud didn't repent of any of
his craziness, but the image of that wizened Einsteinian guy ranting in
the darknesses...sounds like one of the archetypal novels we read &
Here we are, still only one or so generations removed from Tolkien and
those he shared history with. Let us not forget, let us keep passing the
memories as best as we can to the future.
David Bratman wrote:
> At 05:25 PM 1/4/2006 +0000, Sharon Bolding wrote:good.
> >I spent part of the holidays watching a one-day marathon of all three
> >LOTR movies. While watching it occured to me that Tolkein was showing
> >the Nordic tradition in its most positive way for the triumpth of
> >And at the same time, I was thinking about how the Nazi in WWIIlight."
> >really twisted and corrupted that same tradition to evil intents. Is
> >there any research or even any basis to believe that Tolkein may have
> >tried to redeem the mythology from it's false corruption by the Nazi?
> You bet he did. In both his literary and scholarly work. He wrote to
> a son serving in World War II: "I have in this War a burning private
> grudge - which would probably make me a better soldier at 49 than I
> was at 22 [in World War I]: against that ruddy little ignoramus Adolf
> Hitler ... [for] ruining, perverting, misapplying, and making for ever
> accursed, that noble northern spirit, a supreme contribution to
> Europe, which I have ever loved, and tried to present in its true
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> [in above quote, for "Tolkein" read "Tolkien", for "Nazi" read "Nazis"
> and for "it's" read "its"]
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