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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Happy 120th birthday, J.R.R. Tolkien, plus Jan's 'On the Greatness and Littleness of Being'

Posted on 2012.01.03 at 07:05

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pearlette
pearlette at 2012-01-03 13:36 (UTC) (Link)
That is a lovely picture of him. :)

What Tolkien wrote, even if categorized 'Fantasy', always had the ring of 'been there, done that', from the external settings to the deepest experiences of the characters.

CS Lewis wrote in his review of The Hobbit that everything in it seems so 'ripe and friendly and so true'. We seem to know, or recognise, this world we've fallen into, somehow. This world of bucolic villages, desolate moors, misty mountains and mysterious ruins. Middle-earth seems extraordinarily familiar ... created as it was from Tolkien's rich treasury of knowledge of ancient British and European mythology.

He'd stood by the sea, he'd known irreparable loss. And turned it into unforgettable art.

Yes. :)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2012-01-03 22:55 (UTC) (Link)
We seem to know, or recognise, this world we've fallen into, somehow.

Isn't that precisely the case?

Hi, Pearl. I've been at work and am only now reading your comment. You know this material and its author so well (and his literary friends), I know this day is meaningful for you, too.
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