Re: [mythsoc] Digest Number 541
- Lizzie wrote:
> probably done to death... but that's not my point anyway. I am moreI first read LotR at age 26 or 27. I found it captivating but not necessarily
> wondering how much people were moved by LOTR if they first read it as
> adults.. and whether we have periods when we are more "moveable." I know I
> was storm-tossed by Williams' writing and Especially the Arthuriad, oh my!
> But was that because I was 20?
moving in the way the the Narnia series moved me in my teens. Even as late as my
senior year of high school I used to secretly half hope that I would find a magic
door to Narnia. It wasn't until about a year after I first read LotR that I
found myself irresistibly drawn back to it again, found in my heart an
inexplicable longing to return to Middle-earth. With each re-reading, the
longings get stronger, the meaning gets deeper, and I find myself becoming more
and more "moveable." I tell ya, last time I read the Silmarillion - or is it the
Lost Tales? - where Turin Turambar finds that Niniel is Nienor, and that she has
committed suicide, I almost couldn't get through it. I'm tearing up again
thinking about it! My appetite for the Mythopoeic experience gets stronger with
every re-read. Which is partly why I'm developing music that will (I hope)
partly satisfy it.
> that. I live in dread that history will record I was no writer but only aWhat could you write today that people would find equally moving? :-) (That's
> scribbling youth....
> What could I read today for the first time that people might consider
> equally, well, moving?
intended as encouragement, not a slam.)
David J. Finnamore
Nashville, TN, USA