"Friend of C.S. Lewis shares stories"
- I found this nice article on-line today, and I though
it might be interesting...
8:00? 8:25? 8:40? Find a flick in no time
with the Yahoo! Search movie showtime shortcut.
- Speaking from my observations as a teacher of small children, I was
struck by the description of Gollum's childhood and youth. I would
venture the suggestion that his behavior might fall within the whole
spectrum of Autism. The obsession with the ring- when the children I
have know wanted an object or to do something, they could not be
distracted or reasoned with, another object could not be substituted,
and, since many of these children do not really see other people as
"people", others are considered obstacles in the path between the
child and the desired object (example, the murder of Deagol- Smeagol
see the ring, he wants it, Deagol refuses to give it, so Smeagol
kills him - no regrets that we see)
I am not sure of any links between this syndrome and his adult
behavior since I have more experience observing autism in children. I
have noticed some of the young adults I know seem to be less able to
cope with details of daily living as they get older. (One young man
was "trained" by a person hired by a rehab agency to make sandwiches
but he was unable to translate this skill into daily living and
consequently his mother still has to make his lunch everyday). The
food quirks (fish must be raw, lembas is distasteful or corrosive)
point toward some mental problems, although he could have developed
an extremely sensitive esophagus perhaps even a precancerous
deterioration; the extreme sensitivity to light (especially the sun)
might indicate some problem with eyes - cataracts glaucoma ?; the
bulging eyes and extreme thinness and scanty hair does occur in
untreated hyperthyroidism (I think the one where the person gains
weight and gets sluggish is hypothyroidism).
Linda C. DeMars
On 128Sun MarAug 20072004, at 3:14, Bonnie Callahan wrote:
> Well, I ALWAYS thought so!
> Schizoid? (NOT same as 'Schizophrenic"). Borderline
> Any thoughts?
> Bruce Leonard, of the Colorado contingent of the
> Mythsoc and a practicing psychiatrist, gave a
> presentation regarding Frodo as a PTSD victim,
> possibly drawing on the experiences Tolkien had with
> son Michael after his war traumas. Maybe he has
> something to contribute to this topic.
> --- Larry Swain <theswain@...> wrote:
> > My wife just sent me this:
> > --
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