Re: [mythsoc] applicability, race, etc.
- True, it's also good to remember that one of the most
important themes in Tolkien's books is love and
understanding between different peoples. If we're
talking about black Americans, I think many will
indentify with the hobbits, as will many others.
--- Steve Schaper <sschaper@...> wrote:
> I think that by 'applicability', Tolkien meant that=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
> there is indeed -meaning- in his works, and story
> elements that can have illustrative or parabolic
> applications, but that the stories and characters
> themselves are not allegories in the sense of
> Pilgrim's Progress, or the medieval morality plays.
> That he, too, had an intent to 'get past watchful
> dragons' seems clear enough from his letters and the
> history of the TCBS. (which I suppose I should write
> up and submit sometime)
> As to racism, Tolkien rather obviously wasn't a
> racist. Recall, for instance, his response to
> National Socialist censors in Germany who inquired
> as to his ancestry.
> He -did- like to use traditional literary metaphors,
> such as dark and light, which coming from the
> northern fringes of Europe, had nothing to do with
> race, and everything to do with the invisibility of
> predators in the northern sub-arctic winter.
> Ancestry in cases such as Aragorn aren't statements
> of 'blood-purity' but of primogeniture and right to
> hold office. This is a common medieval legal
> concept. One might also think of ancient Israel at
> times intermarrying with the nations around. Once
> again, the issue wasn't genetics (the host leaving
> Egypt was a 'mixed multitude' and Christ's ancestry
> includes Edomites, etc) but that the spouses from
> the surrounding nations brought in pagan religious
> ideas and practice. I see something similar - indeed
> probably an intentional borrowing - in references to
> the Men of Gondor becoming of more 'mixed' and 'less
> pure' lineage over time.
> "A generation which ignores history has no past and=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
> no future."
> Robert Anson Heinlein
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