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Fredeghar Wayfarer

Jan 28 2013, 10:23pm

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What Radagast-Aiwendil said

I'm a huge fan of both Tolkien and Arthurian legend. Very excited to read this!

I never got the feeling that Tolkien disliked the Arthur story. He just didn't feel as deep a connection to it as the Norse and Anglo-Saxon legends. The Arthurian legend was a product of Celtic/Welsh myth reinterpreted by English and French writers. It was a bit of a mishmash and thus not distinctly English. Tolkien wanted a mythology just for England. I would assume that's why he abandoned the poem.

As far as a connection between Arthur and the Silmarillion material, there already is one. In The Book of Lost Tales, the narrator Eriol is described as the father of Hengest and Horsa, the legendary leaders of the Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain. In Arthurian legend, Hengest and Horsa were enemies of Uther Pendragon, Arthur's father. If the end of this poem connects to that material, I wonder if we'll see Eriol or Aelfwine (the later version of that character) or members of his family. Or maybe after Arthur's fall, the Saxons take over Britain and creatures of magic, like the Elves, flee across the sea into the West, bringing an end to the age of legend.

(This post was edited by Fredeghar Wayfarer on Jan 28 2013, 10:26pm)

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Post edited by Fredeghar Wayfarer (Lorien) on Jan 28 2013, 10:26pm

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