Article in _The New Republic_ about Tolkien
- <<Frodo is essentially a rentier, while his faithful attendant Sam Gamgee is
all too obviously the gratifyingly loyal, deferential, and comic servant of
Victorian fiction--Sam Weller without the panache--excluded by his class from
more than a secondary role.>>
Oh dear oh dear oh dear, up against the wall with Frodo!
(I notice that the fact Sam became a Mayor and founded a line goes for
None of =us=, of course, want to live in a "cowpat Arcadia" (a rather neat
phrase of Mr Jenkyns) such as the Shire - or, of course, an "an emotionally
impoverished world" (are we talking about the same book!?).