Re: [mythsoc] . . . not on topic
- --- David Emerson <emerdavid@...> wrote:
> >... de Camp asked Tolkien why, if it was based onIt does but I always got the impression that the
> Europe many
> >thousands of years ago, his Middle-earth lacked the
> megafauna of that
> Does the oliphaunt fall under the category of
oliphaunt in Middle Earth, much like an elephant to
someone who lived in Europe, was something exotic.
Actually, it's interesting because if you look at a
map of Middle Earth, pretty much everything east of
the Iron Hills and south of Gondor fell into the realm
of the exotic and fantastic, that being the Harad and
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- On Apr 11, 2008, at 11:21 AM, David Emerson wrote:
>> ... de Camp asked Tolkien why, if it was based on Europe manyYes indeed; it's clearly both some form of mastodon or mammoth AND
>> thousands of years ago, his Middle-earth lacked the megafauna of
>> that era.
> Does the oliphaunt fall under the category of "megafauna"?
the beastiary elephant at one and the same time. But it's clearly
long since vanished from the North-West, remembered only from
traveller's tales like Sam's rhyme.
It's worth pointing out, though, that de Camp seems to forget
about the wolves, which can get pretty big (especially in Middle-
earth!). And of course if we include The Hobbit we get huge bears as
well. But most of the lands the Fellowship crosses seem to lack
anything bigger than a fox, which is entirely appropriate to England
in the last century or so but not like the older world; I assume from
all the bear-baiting that there were still wild bears in England in
Shakespeare's time, and wolves lasted until sometime in the medieval
era (both are certainly well-represented in the continental folk-
tales of the Grimms and Perrault).
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