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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Moria Pt. 3: The Mithril Shirt ~ A Screen Icon

Posted on 2007.02.21 at 10:18


mariole at 2007-02-21 23:46 (UTC) (Link)
LOL! I forgot about my blasphemous apple. Actually, I view it more as an homage to Genesis. Frodo biting the apple is exactly the message I wish to convey.

I think religious iconography is effective where people have a common background. Someone not exposed to these ideas will completely miss whatever hints someone with a different background might find. I speak from my experience reading African and Japanese myths. A lot of the time I'm going, Huh? and completely missing the point.

I think any good work of art allows the reader to bring his/her own ideas to it. That was very much in Tolkien's mind when he talked about the "freedom of the reader vs. the tyranny of the author." That is why I think his work endures; he left it open for so much interpretation-- and therefore all those interpretations are right!
mechtild at 2007-02-22 00:06 (UTC) (Link)
Right you are. "Applicability not allegory" and all that. And you are right that religious or mythical images don't always work across cultures.

But I think that people reading or making adaptations of Tolkien's Middle-earth stories do well to draw on the cultural heritage and world that stands behind what he created. No, not everyone from every culture in the world will get it. Each culture group develops its own visual language, just like its own spoken language. But many do, even from outside the culture, although they no doubt receive the story in a different way.
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