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Oct 28 2012, 2:51am

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That's because

You see literature primarily as form. You use words like "drive," "passion," "reason." You want Bombadil to fit into your writing 101 conceptions, and he doesn't.

That's partly because Tolkien wasn't writing in the idiom of the modern novel.

And I thank heaven he wasn't.

IMO, there is a reason why LOTR remains one of the best-selling books of all time. And it has to do with Tolkien violating a lot of the rules you think are essential.

Tolkien preferred the varied applicability of history to the purposeful domination of the author present in most modern fiction. Bombadil is partly about Tolkien letting his own hand off the tiller.

I have little use for people who insist the stories have to be tight, and controlled, with every bit fitting neatly and rationally into a well-planned narrative. Some of the old myths certainly weren't like that, and I think Tolkien captured something of the genuinely mythic, as opposed to the derivative.

(This post was edited by Shelob'sAppetite on Oct 28 2012, 2:56am)

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