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Re: the sound of the sea

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  • Merlin DeTardo
    Message 1 of 16 , Sep 27, 2007
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      ---"Merlin DeTardo" <emptyD@...> wrote:
      << From J.R.R. Tolkien, _LotR_, unused epilogue: "But even as he did
      so, he heard suddenly . . . the sigh and murmur of the Sea upon the
      shores of Middle-earth."
      From J.R.R. Tolkien, _LotR_, "The Grey Havens": "There still he stood
      far into the night, hearing only the sigh and murmur of the waves on
      the shores of Middle-earth, and the sound of them sank deep into his
      From Matthew Arnold, "Dover Beach": "Listen! you hear the grating
      roar / Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling / At their
      return, up the high strand" >>

      Belatedly: something similar yet not, from Tolkien's poem, "Progress
      in Bimble Town":

      "sometimes late, when motor-bikes
      are not passing with a screech,
      one hears faintly (if one likes)
      the sea still at it on the beach.
      at what? At churning orange-rind,
      piling up banana-skins,
      gnawing paper, trying to grind
      a broth of bottles, packets, tins"

      (_The Annotated Hobbit_, Revised Ed., p. 254)

      And that strikes another chord: "Gnaws iron, bites steel; / grinds
      hard stones to meal"?

      -Merlin DeTardo
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