Re: [mythsoc] Santorum evokes Tolkien
- I guess Santorum never read the Foreword, as in:
As for any inner meaning or 'message', it has in the intention of the author none.
It is neither allegorical nor topical ... The real war does not resemble the legendary
war in its process or its conclusion. If it had inspired or directed the development
of the legend, then certainly the Ring would have been seized and used against
Sauron; he would not have been annihilated but enslaved, and Barad-dûr would
not have been destroyed but occupied. Saruman, failing to get possession of the
Ring, would in the confusion and treacheries of the time have found in Mordor the
missing links in his own researches into Ring-lore, and before long he would have
made a Great Ring of his own with which to challenge the self-styled Ruler of
Middle-earth. In that conflict both sides would have held hobbits in hatred and
contempt: they would not long have survived even as slaves.
Sadly phrases like "not ... destroyed but occupied" (Iraq?) and "he would have made a Great Ring of his own ... to challenge" (Iran, North Korea?) in Tolkien's alternative here sound a lot more like the real world -- and are more evidence to the inappropriateness of using Tolkien's *actual* story for political analogy.
- Here is a copy of the poem, it is in The Fellowship of The Ring.
The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
Hope this helps.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Edith.Crowe@... wrote:
> Folks, I'm inundated with Real Job stuff right now and would
> if anyone out there could give me the specific reference. As I
> actually "the road goes ever on and on..."
> Corresponding Secretary of the Mythopoeic Society
> ----- Forwarded by Edith Crowe/SJSU on 10/17/2006 08:51 AM -----
> Karen Brown <shanclan2003@...>
> 10/13/2006 03:11 PM
> The road goes on forever...
> Dear Edith,
> Do you know where I can get a copy of this poem? I gave my Lord
> Rings set to my nephew and nieces years ago; passing the torch...
> Karen J. Brown
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