Re: Article that mentions Tolkien
- Thank you for stating it so much better than I, David. I am also a
"little g green" so I knew what I meant, however I mangled the sense!
(currently throttling words).
-- Lynn --
--- In email@example.com, David Bratman <dbratman@...> wrote:
> I very much doubt that Tolkien would vote for the Green Party, but
he was very far from being a stereotypical Tory. That his ecological
views were, through a Christian viewpoint, very green with a small "g"
is, I think, adequately proven by Dickerson and Evans's "Ents, Elves,
and Eriador," and also supported by Curry's "Defending Middle-earth."
Using "seeing Tolkien as 'green'" as any kind of measure of "offness"
in Tolkien studies is, I think, unfair and mistaken. Tolkien was
entirely comparatible with being "green", as long as you do not
confuse that with either of 1) voting for the Green Party; 2) adopting
the lifestyle of stereotypically "green" people.
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: Lynn Maudlin <lynnmaudlin@...>
> >Sent: Dec 5, 2007 9:12 PM
> >To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> >Subject: [mythsoc] Re: Article that mentions Tolkien
> >Assuredly JRRT was ecologically minded but I don't know that that
> >equals "Green Party voter" (which, my impression from *this* side of
> >the pond, is fairly left-leaning in nearly all regards, yes?). But I
> >could have used the example of the folks who thought that pipeweed was
> >marijuana... (like Peter Jackson, perhaps?!!).
> >All due respect to Tom Shippey, but I suspect Priscilla Tolkien and
> >Christopher Tolkien would be better at surmising how JRRT would vote
> >in today's elections.
> > -- Lynn --
> >--- In email@example.com, "Merlin DeTardo" <emptyD@> wrote:
> >> >--- "Lynn Maudlin" <lynnmaudlin@> wrote:
> >> << One might read Pinkerton's article and feel he misuses JRRT
> >> don't think he's any further off than the folks who saw Tolkien
> >> as "green"... >>
> >> Here's one such: Tom Shippey, in his article, "Literature, Twentieth
> >> Century, Influence of Tolkien", in _J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia_
> >> "If he were voting today, Tolkien would certainly vote for the Green
> >> Party..."
> >> -Merlin DeTardo