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  • On 3/27/2012 1:21 PM, John Rateliff wrote: ... > Two small queries for the group: Joshi at one point refers to Lewis's > "devout friends", giving Barfield and JRRT as examples. Tolkien, yes, > but I wdn't have characterized Owen Barfield that way. Also, when > distinguishing between CSL's "distinguished works of literary criticism" > (which he admires) and his Xian apologetics...
    Darrell A. Martin Mar 27, 2012
  • On 3/26/2012 11:24 PM, John Rateliff wrote: > A friend brought this to my attention today; someone bringing a mint-condition first edition first printing of THE HOBBIT, autographed, with original dust jacket, to an Antiques Roadshow in El Paso back in June. Anybody happen to catch this episode? Here's a link: > > http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/201102A52.html > > Nice to...
    Darrell A. Martin Mar 26, 2012
  • I wrote, in part: ----------------- It triggered a question in me, not yet formed into an opinion, whether J.R.R. Tolkien's Orcs may be an intentional stereotype. That is, they are deliberately limited in their depth, are seldom seen as individuals, and have racial characteristics which are unrelentingly negative. Even when an uncommon Orc appears with a name and a physical...
    Darrell A. Martin Jan 31, 2012
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  • On 1/30/2012 7:57 PM, scribbler@^$1 wrote: > I like all you have to say here, Darrell - and I pretty much agree with it. > > Even down to the discussion of Aragorn. I admit that I linked him and > "stereotype" for shock value, and because it's quite true that a less > sophisticated reader would indeed consider him a stereotype. > > But I also agree that Tolkien's artistry in...
    Darrell A. Martin Jan 30, 2012
  • ... >> On Jan 29, 2012, at 4:46 PM, Troels Forchhammer wrote: ... >>> The statement in question is "We were all orcs in the Great War" >>> While Tolkien is known to have said that there were orcs on both >>> sides (e.g. _Letters_ no. 71 to Christopher Tolkien in May 1944), but >>> the statement that they were _all_ orcs would seem to contradict his >>> statements that there were...
    Darrell A. Martin Jan 30, 2012
  • Sarah: I am going to use your thoughtful comments as a springboard for some musings that may or may not relate to what you are saying. That disclaimer aside ... Stereotypes, simplifications, types, tropes (when worn by overuse into cliches), and others I have not named because they do not occur to me at the moment, are species of the genus "Generalizations". Archetypes, ideals, and...
    Darrell A. Martin Jan 30, 2012
  • Greetings: Scribbler makes a useful point, but in some ways his remark about the universal undesirability of stereotypes may have overreached. It may be an over-generalization, which is a member species of the literary genus under consideration. It triggered a question in me, not yet formed into an opinion, whether J.R.R. Tolkien's Orcs may be an intentional stereotype. That is...
    Darrell A. Martin Jan 29, 2012
  • On 1/11/2012 3:14 AM, WendellWag@^$1 wrote: > > > Thanks for this link, John. I've read things like this before about the > Boorman film script. I think I would be less bothered by reading the > Boorman script than by reading the scripts that Jackson or Bakshi > actually used in their versions, even though I would never approve any > of them actually being made into a film (as...
    Darrell A. Martin Jan 11, 2012
  • On 1/4/2012 8:16 AM, davise@^$1 wrote: > I thought this was amazing (yes, it's the movie not the book, but the differences for this are fairly small). > > http://xkcd.com/657/ > > Large, legible version. > http://xkcd.com/657/large/ > > -- Ernie Ernie: The bottom two, "Twelve Angry Men" and "Primer", are a hoot -- each in its own way. Darrell
    Darrell A. Martin Jan 4, 2012
  • On 12/23/2011 2:44 PM, davise@^$1 wrote: ... > Terrentius and Galbungus are found > arguing for fourteen days and nights over the vocative of ego ... "Vocative of ego"? One of the few times that LOL really applies for me! Darrell
    Darrell A. Martin Dec 23, 2011