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Re: Digest Number 639

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  • David J. Finnamore
    ... rather ... myth, ... sources in ... quite ... foretelling, ... one of ... is ... That makes sense to me. Apparently I was imposing my assumptions on the
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      --- In mythsoc@y..., stephen@s... wrote:
      > I'd say Tolkien's "magic" is neither occult nor cabalistic, but
      rather
      > 'mythic'. And I think he did that quite intentionally by drawing on
      myth,
      > particularly Anglo-Saxon myth. He talks about drawing from mythic
      sources in
      > 'On Fairy Stories' and I think the treatment of "magic" in LotR fits
      quite
      > well into that category; particularly the importance of oaths,
      foretelling,
      > swords, curses.
      >
      > There's also some nice stuff about knowledge as power. After all,
      one of
      > Gandalf's important wizardly skills is library research (at which he
      is
      > apparently more skilled than Denathor).

      That makes sense to me. Apparently I was imposing my assumptions on
      the text to a certain extent.

      David
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