Lynne Maudlin wrote:
> Not to answer for John, but don't you think that's a fairly human
> response? In a time of trouble and uncertainty to look up and see the
> stars as timeless (well, *more* timeless than we are) and therefore a
> sign of hope, of endurance?
I do think it is a fairly human response. At the same time, the scene in the film as described by John has a remarkably similar feel to the scene in LOTR. It does seem fairly remarkable to me that two such similar scenes would be developed independantly in two such different works within a relatively short period of time. Not impossible, but unlikely. Which is why I asked whether John had any information that further supported the idea that Tolkien had actually seen the film and had been influenced by it (being the knowledgable guy that he is). But, of course, he has already answered that question.
----- Original Message -----
From: Lynn Maudlin
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2008 1:06 PM
Subject: [mythsoc] Re: re. Star over Mordor
In a funny little piece of self-foot-shooting, I failed to post this
to the list yesterday:
Not to answer for John, but don't you think that's a fairly human
response? In a time of trouble and uncertainty to look up and see the
stars as timeless (well, *more* timeless than we are) and therefore a
sign of hope, of endurance?
-- Lynn --
--- In email@example.com, "Doug Kane" <dougkane@...> wrote:
> John D. Rateliff wrote:
> > Another strong parallel, and possible direct inspiration, for Sam's
> > seeing the Star over Mordor comes in Charlie Chaplin's THE GREAT
> > DICTATOR , which includes a scene in which the barber (Chaplin)
> > and the girl hide on a roof top from storm troopers, see a star in
> > the sky high above, and think about how its permanence and purity
> > will outlast even Hitler's reich. Unfortunately, it's been too long
> > since I've seen the film to be able to give any details.
> John, I'm curious to know whether you are basing your supposition
that this scene in that classic film might have been a direct
inspiration for Tolkien's writing that sequence purely on the extreme
similarlity between the two scenes, or whether you have any indication
that Tolkien actually saw/was impressed by the film?
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