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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Tolkien's Landscapes 2: 'Foxglove Year'~ picture by Tolkien, poem by jan-u-wine.

Posted on 2013.06.27 at 18:42


jan_u_wine at 2013-06-29 23:52 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, Paulie!

You know, I thought the same thing as you, when i noted the year. Still......I think there were many signs of what was about to happen, although no one could know how very cruel mankind would end up being to each other.

have you ever seen a cartoon called "Peace on Earth"? Everytime I see it, I think of Tolkien and what he saw in the war. Here is a link if you have never seen it


of course, were it not for that terrible war, would he have written LOTR? I wonder.....

I am glad you enjoyed the post, Paulie and hope you are well!
not_alone at 2013-07-01 15:36 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the link, Jan - I'd never seen "Peace On Earth" before. Made in 1939 - so sad that it was about to start all over again.

We'll never know, of course, if Tolkien would still have written LOTR if there had been no WW1 but if he had it would probably have been very different in parts - we know that his experiences in the war were behind several events in the book:)
jan_u_wine at 2013-07-01 16:24 (UTC) (Link)
that was a marvelous cartoon, I think (and yes, how sad that it didn't prevent what happened next....but you never know the impact that it had then and now....you never know how incrementally some small thing like that can change the course of the great river of time)

(it was nominated for an Oscar, i believe)

Re Tolkien: not only the events, but, of course, the character of Samwise was modeled on an officer's 'batman'. And Tolkien (though I can't say I agree) has said that Sam is the hero of the piece. Just as i imagine that the Brit batman may very well have been the hero to many an officer's story.
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