Just a half pint more
David does what the best literary talk
does, makes one want to go back to the
book--in this case Smith.
Although had said would in fact _not_
even as pub talk advance idea of
Niggle or Tower(in monster and critics)
as the quintessence of Tolkien...I
see some interest or further possiblity
in ,in fact, doing that for (in pub terms)
half a pint.
It will necessarily be along the lines of
what Eliot recalled Willaims as doing,
in a pub adopting for the moment a heresy
which said the world was created at Christmas
(by the way a question on THAT, I recall
looking through St John of Damascus' list
of heresies which seemed a likely source
and finding one something like that but not
precise...has anyone another, or is that
--and my memory is vague--it and then
the heresy itself fine tuned by Williams
as it were?).
But here is the thought,limited to
the monsters and crits one to save
your time, HALF a pint gentlemen
and ladies, and then my
thought of where further it could go...
That the man building the tower,LOTR
in image, which then is not understood
in its state after his death --what was
it for? could see the sea from the
tower. (the sea the primary world
seen from the secondary, that is to
say the primary world of the Divine
first of all) that this is the deepest
image that Tolkien had to offer of the
human condition, that this is what
man as subcreator does...
<Man is born to build a tower to see
the Sea> would be the form perhaps
of our pub-Christmas-heresy.
Well but then the question which can
be remaining and even interesting...but
someone else buy the next round perhaps!...
is this, what is left out (well of course
except as exemplified in the act of
building and remembering the sea and
yearning) the heroic code of the old
companion at the battle of Malden which
then lives through LOTR to the Gate of
Doom, and much else... but is it in fact
something like his deep intuition of
human life or than what, well add on the
Battle of Malden if we will, else
Hope this wasnt tiresome ,seemed just to
me worth half a pint of interest but leave
the glass unraised on the counter and
will think no worse of you!
*this started with the brevity of Silver John
and I should say it is an indication of
Tolkien's greater depth of working out the
myth than Wellman's that it is really impossible
to go beyond John as a character...irrecucible,
numinous let it be, but without much deep structure.
but that were it arguable would be for another
time and probably list.