Re: [mythsoc] Types, Stereotypes and Archetypes.
Scribbler makes a useful point, but in some ways his remark about the
universal undesirability of stereotypes may have overreached. It may be
an over-generalization, which is a member species of the literary genus
It triggered a question in me, not yet formed into an opinion, whether
J.R.R. Tolkien's Orcs may be an intentional stereotype. That is, they
are deliberately limited in their depth, are seldom seen as individuals,
and have racial characteristics which are unrelentingly negative. Even
when an uncommon Orc appears with a name and a physical description, he
is an exaggerated version *of* the stereotype, not a variation *from* it.
In my opinion one of Peter Jackson's greatest failings in interpreting
Tolkien's world is his (Jackson's) Orcs. It is understandable that
Jackson, as a filmmaker, wants to make his Orcs interesting. However,
while the result is possibly still tolerable even for a Tolkien purist,
whether it is defensible is another matter entirely.
To Tolkien, that Orcs are boring, interesting only in the aggregate and
only then as sword fodder, is part and parcel of their nature. If that
is not a stereotype, then what is?
- I just got an email from Kent State Press saying they'd shipped mine! :) It's been backordered for ... a while now.--Margaret DeanOn Sun, Feb 12, 2012 at 10:13 AM, Doug Kane <dougkane@...> wrote:All,It has come to my attention that Verlyn Flieger's new book, Green Suns and Faërie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien is now available for purchase, both directly from the publisher, Kent State University Press, and from Amazon and other retailers. This book was originally due to be published last August, but was delayed by the publisher. It doesn't seem to have been well publicized that the book is now available, so I thought I would spread the word. I obviously don't need to emphasize how perceptive Verlyn's observations about Tolkien are. Most of you are well aware of that fact!Doug