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Rough around the edges


Oct 1 2012, 10:46pm

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Rough around the edges [In reply to] Can't Post

It's nice to read something in the popular press that tries to bring out the sophistication of Tolkien's work. But Howse works too hard for my taste to blend The Hobbit in with The Lord of the Rings and even The Silmarillion, much the same as Mr. Jackson aspires to do.

Although its style overlaps that of LotR more than Howse admits, The Hobbit, like a certain Leaf, has a charm all its own. And within the bounds of that charm (for instance) Gollum is still Gollum, not Smeagol at all; Tolkien generally had too much linguistic taste to repeat the same joke twice in the same story. No one in their right mind would try to rewrite Bilbo's tale in epic hexameters - because it's not an epic. Heck, it's not really a myth - it's sort of a timeless fable masquerading as an adventure memoir in bedtime-story form. And Bilbo does live happily ever after - the book says so.

(Oh, and since I do enjoy dictionaries, at least in moderation: in LotR Rohirric is rendered in Old English specifically because it is not a variant of Westron, but one of the Mannish tongues ancestral to it. Humpf.)

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Another Daily Telegraph article geordie Send a private message to geordie Oct 1 2012, 10:33am
    Thank you geordie..from somone 7 timezones away/// Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Oct 1 2012, 12:39pm
    Should be a Must Read. SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Oct 1 2012, 2:37pm
    Rough around the edges squire Send a private message to squire Oct 1 2012, 10:46pm
        Just so. But... Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Oct 2 2012, 6:58pm
    So Smaug and Smeagol... FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Oct 3 2012, 8:27pm
    That was a good read :) THANKS! // grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Oct 7 2012, 11:52am


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