I'd forgotten how often we saw Magritte (colubra) wrote,
I'd forgotten how often we saw Magritte
colubra

Curious observation on Lord of the Rings.

It just struck me that Tolkien's storyworld, while epic in scope, is almost anti-epic in construction. There's no long-foretold son of kings who is the main character (he's secondary); there's no time when things were better that predates the present-day of the story, most tellingly to me. Things SUCKED before the War of the Ring! For thousands of years! The book ends with things that were valued vanishing from the earth, sure- but the earth is better off without them.
You know, I have just a touch more respect for Tolkien, recognizing that.
Is this an aspect of the finnish tales he borrowed from, does someone more mythically versed than I know?
Subscribe

  • (no subject)

    So at the show I went to last night, I'm pretty sure that 1 of the 2 people I spotted who were older than me was the father of someone in the band…

  • (no subject)

    For those following along at home: someone was repeatedly shrieking at the top of his lungs, not 30' from my building, last I went out to smoke.…

  • Writer's Block: Free your mind

    I do. However, I think the answer to making this happen is roughly my approach to encouraging it: simply not voicing the racist bullshit that you…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 4 comments