Re: [mythsoc] Luddite themes of the book.
- Well, this has made me think a bit. Why is so much fantasy laid in the
"generic Middle Ages"? Is it a sort of desire to get back to simpler things
while conveniently ignoring such matters as outside toilets, half year
journeys, lugging your water from the well in a bucket, reading and writing
by candlelight with goosequill pens?
I admit I'm just as much into this as anybody, as I work in a rather
desultory way on a long fantasy set in just such a world (it's science
fictional in that it's another planet, one that has used up its natural
resources and been forced back to nature by severe shorages of almost all the
materials needed for technology. I didn't place it in the real middle ages
because I wanted to make up my own sociology, geography, history and so
on--rather like McCaffrey's Pern but without dragons).
So I ask again--why so much fantasy set in the medieval milieu rather than,
say, that of ancient Rome or the 18th century?
- In a message dated 3/8/2002 1:08:09 AM Eastern Standard Time, odzer@...
> I was just looking at a prev post from Wendell Wagner that suggests thatNote that my review began with "This isn't quite a full review of _The Lord
> Tolkien had a Luddite sensibility. Don't you think that overstates it a
of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring_, more like some offhand
observations." I'll accept that I overstated the case just because I didn't
want to write several paragraphs explaining Tolkien's views in full.
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