Re: varied dialogues in Middle Earth/use of aphorisms in daily speech
- odzer@... wrote:
> I dunno, I understand the point you make, and surely such dialogue is,I fully share that POV, John. Tolkien's use of language, whether it be dialogue
> from a modern colloquial stance, a bit stiff and good fun to parody. But
> these ain't modern folks! I really enjoy the distinctive flavor of the
> aphoristic passages throughout, and it seems to me to be especially
> consistent with with the cultural styles of dwarves and ancient elves that
> they tend towards such mannerisms of speech.
or narrative, is one of my favorite things about his books, and one of my least
favorite things about the movie. In fact, I hadn't thought about it quite this
way before, but the dumbing down of the language for the movie is probably a
chief reason why it doesn't *feel* like Middle-earth to me, even though it
*looks* quite convincingly like it, most places. I had no need for Patsy to tell
me it was "only a model."
> Among the numerous ideas or themes which Tolkien was interested in butWould an example be the scene in the Green Dragon Inn early in LotR, with the
> which he modified under pressure or persuasion from friends or publisher was
> his 'Hobbit talk'. Lewis in particular disliked it and urged him to keep to
> a minimum. This is discussed in one of the letters. I really enjoy the few
> surviving passages of banter between the hobbits
discussion of the danger of boats, and the Gaffer defending Bilbo's reputation?
That's a favorite passage of mine. I wish there were a great deal more of it.
Oddly, though, it's hard for me NOT to hear it in rural Southern American
accents. Having grown up in the rural South, I've heard a lot of like banter.
You can never hear too much of that, IMO.
> I can only hope more instances of verbatim quotes from the text have made itNever hurts to dream, I guess.
> into subsequent installments of the films.
> with klunky verbiage of my ownNot all that klunks is broken.
David J. Finnamore
Nashville, TN, USA
"Many Christian apologists who talk about worldviews ... write as if worldview
construction was simply a matter of deductive reasoning ... [They] either ignore
or deny the power of the imaginative and affective matrix within which such
deductive work takes place." - Ken Myers