Tolkien and the horns of Rohan
- In refreshing my memory of JRRT and what's been written about him, I was
really pleased to note that one of =his= favorite places in his massive book
is one of =mine=.
And it is, of course
"And as if in answer there came from far away another note. Horns, horns,
horns. In dark Mindolluin's side they dimly echoed. Great horns of the
North wildly blowing. Rohan had come at last."
Shippey dwells on what a master of language Tolkien was, and how he bent it
to his purposes as a stylist.
Surely this passage is one of the proofs. Language, rhythm, and sound all
combine (as in, more notably, great poetry) to produce the effect.
It doesn't matter what kind of horns Peter Jackson uses, or what their sound
will be; it will not have =this= magic, it will not sound this wonderful.
> It doesn't matter what kind of horns Peter Jackson uses,You're right, of course. But if Jackson does it right, it will be a
> or what their sound will be; it will not have =this= magic,
/different/ kind of magic, sounding - not the same - but every bit as
Ever the optimist,
"Every society honours its live conformists
and its dead troublemakers."
- Mignon McLaughlin
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