Nov 12 2021, 7:27am
No memory of "Stop that Pigeon," but "Save That Tiger" came into my head, and turns out they've got pretty much the same tune. I'm sure I haven't thought of Dastardly and Muttley in 50 years, but I do recall now watching them as a chlld.
That was a fun piece of time travel for me
I think many, if not all, of Kopp's aphorisms could inspire their own essays relating or comparing them to something in Tolkien. For many of them I'm not making a connection, others clash or contrast with perspectives expressed in JRRT's work, and some, to my thinking, overlap, at least in part. Rather than penning any essays, I'm going to list of a few accompanied by a Tolkien quote that seems related somehow:
8-You only get to keep what you give away.
"It goes hard parting with anything I brought out of the Elf-country. Made by Galadriel herself, too, maybe. Galadriel,' [Sam] murmured, nodding his head mournfully. He looked up and gave one last pull to the rope as in farewell.
To the complete surprise of both hobbits it came loose. Sam fell over, and the long grey coils slithered silently down on top of him.
(Book IV, chapter 1-The Taming of Smeagol)
12-It is a random universe to which we bring meaning.
'[the Ring] abandoned Gollum. Only to be picked up by the most unlikely person imaginable: Bilbo from the Shire!
'Behind that there was something else at work, beyond any design of the Ring-maker. I can put it no plainer than by saying that Bilbo was meant to find the Ring, and not by its maker. In which case you were also meant to have it. And that may be an encouraging thought."
(Book I, Chapter 2-The Shadow of the Past)
18-If you have a hero, look again: you have diminished yourself in some way.
'Well, we've got you with us," said Merry, 'so things will soon be cleared up.'
'I am with you at present' said Gandalf, 'but soon I shall not be. I am not coming to the Shire. You must settle its affairs yourselves; that is what you have been trained for."
(Book VI Chapter 7-Homeward Bound)
Growth after all is not so much a matter of change as of ripening, and what alters most is the degree of clarity with which we see one another. -Edith Pargeter