Re: [mythsoc] Joseph Pearce on Tolkien
- Berni,I agree with your second paragraph.A similar video on C.S. Lewis came to me when I was teaching Tolkien and fantasy, around ‘94. It will go nameless because I can’t remember the blooming name: “C.S. Lewis: Something of Something.”The talking heads were some of my favorite folks, the biographical bits were okay, but the whole effort was Protestant Procrustean: an attempt to say Lewis was Evangelical / Southern Baptist. It was a teaching tool, but less about the Lewis than the agenda of the producers.Ditto Joseph Pearce and EWTN.Mike
I was interested in seeing it because I was wondering if it would be of
sufficient general interest to the Society to try to show at a Mythcon.
After seeing it, my conclusion was no. It was not good enough as a program
on Tolkien to bother pursuing and it was too specifically Catholic to
interest most Mythies. (I think it was trying to aim for a "See, just
because it's fantasy and has wizards, it's not evil. It's really a
religious work" for the types of folk who are anti-fantasy.)
I think your objection to Pearce, in that he did not mention Tolkien's
disavowal of something he (Pearce) stated as a fact, is on target. My
own focus -- which is why I early on changed the Subject line to remove
Pearce -- was on whether or not Tolkien's disavowal was definitive.