Tolkien's runes of power (was Digest Number 632)
- --- In mythsoc@y..., "Michael Martinez" <michael@x> wrote:
> --- In mythsoc@y..., "David J. Finnamore" <daeron@b...> wrote:I meant to add something about the two famous charges of the
> The Rohirrim thus appear to be loosely based on the Goths as they
> were perceived to be in the 1940s (at the time of their entries
> into the Roman Empire) as far as culture goes; their "translated"
> language and nomenclature are taken directly from Anglo-Saxon
> (Mercian, according to some people, but I don't know enough to
> distinguish such features of language); their ideas and values
> are "Homeric", even down to men forseeing their deaths and taking
> oaths which carry them to the far ends of the world; and they are
> very close to being a rewrite of the Third House of the Edain, the
Rohirrim: Eorl's arrival at the Battle of the Field of Celebrant and
Theoden's charge in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. Both charges
owe a little something to Alexander, who more than once led his
Companion cavalry in charges against the center of enemy lines (an
unusual cavalry tactic for a time centuries before the stirrup came
along -- and I don't believe the high saddles used by Roman Cibinarii
for similar tactics had been developed yet, either).
Anyway, I was starting to get ahead of myself as I typed, as the
Helm/Hurin/Herakles comparison was one I hadn't made in a long time,
and it suddenly reoccurred to me.