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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Happy 116th Birthday to Tolkien: photos, letter #328, and a reflection.

Posted on 2008.01.03 at 15:15

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Mariole
mariole at 2008-01-04 17:23 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't have a chance to comment yesterday, but I just loved this! The whole thing is supremely gorgeous.

I also feel parental (vs possessive) toward my stories, but this struck me as particularly true:

"I take a deep interest in its fortunes, as a parent would a child. I am comforted to know that it has good friends to defend it again the malice of its enemies."


Notice the _author_ does not defend the story. The "good friends" so do. I believe this is right and proper. By producing the story, the author has spoken. Now it's out in the world, for everyone to judge or cherish as they see fit. It's all part of the magic of creation.

Thank you for posting such a lovely entry.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-01-04 17:42 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, Mariole! I loved your icon choice, "choked-up-at-the-end-of-filming-EW", who also had to send his "child" out into the world--the finished portrayal of Frodo--and let the viewers cherish or deride it. Very appropriate!

Notice the _author_ does not defend the story. The "good friends" so do. I believe this is right and proper. By producing the story, the author has spoken. Now it's out in the world, for everyone to judge or cherish as they see fit. It's all part of the magic of creation.

*That's* right on the money (Elf, hobbit, orc). I suppose it must be so for every sort of artist who creates art to be shared. If one acts only in front of a mirror or never shows one's pictures, plays one's compositions, or writes only for one's self, it never comes to having to separate from it and let it be judged on its own, defended or thrashed.

Thanks for such a thoughtful reply!
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