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Jan 21 2012, 11:25pm

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Pride, greed, and for that matter lust

only seem simplistic because we (for the most part) have lost the sense that we should shrink in horror from such things. I submit that such themes were anything but simplistic (lacking depth or meaning) to Tolkien.

Furthermore, may I only say this once in the Reading Room (mainly because it seems irrelevant here): I hope that casting heartthrob Armitage will not lead many to see Thorin as one of the good guys, especially against how Tolkien presented him. Realizing his folly on his deathbed is laudable, but it doesn't change the fact that he was a persnickety, greedy, self-centred and prideful codger bent on revenge and satisfying his own vanity for most of the tale. Add prepared to sacrifice others for his own selfish ends and we have quite an admirable character there.

(This post was edited by SirDennisC on Jan 21 2012, 11:31pm)

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Post edited by SirDennisC (Half-elven) on Jan 21 2012, 11:31pm

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