Re: [mythsoc] Digest Number 1096
The digest was too long for Evolution to quote even to where your post
I do not disagree with you. In fact I have read both The Inklings and
Carpenter's Tolkien biography and it has been some years and my memory
had conflated them.
You are also closer to the Standard Historical Opinion on Arthur than I
was being, not thinking nearly as poorly of Morris as the Profession
does. I feel that Morris clearly distinguished between what was
historical/archaeological in his book, and what was his own (educated)
speculation. That excuses him to my way of thinking.
As to whomever referred to the oliphant. I believe Tolkien had in mind
the Mastodon. Mammoths weren't particularly huge. Especially those on
Wrangel Island which survived through the time of the Pharaohs.
The oliphaunts in the film are something else with the multiple sets of
tusks. There -were- pachyderms similar to that in prehistory, though I
don't think identical.