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Maybe you're misinterpreting

FarFromHome
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Oct 10 2012, 8:49am


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what Tolkien said in that Letter (about not caring to inquire about Gollum's fate). It's true Tolkien does sometimes like to phrase things in his Letters as if his fictional world is some kind of real history, and that can be misleading if you don't allow for it, but I think all he's saying in this sentence is that he doesn't think Gollum's ultimate fate is something he wants to spell out in black and white in his story. As in any real history (which is, after all, the impression he's trying to create in his fiction), some things must remain for ever unknown. That's a part of good storytelling, I think. Some things have to be left for readers to figure out as best they can for themselves.

They went in, and Sam shut the door.
But even as he did so, he heard suddenly,
deep and unstilled,
the sigh and murmur of the Sea upon the shores of Middle-earth.
From the unpublished Epilogue to the Lord of the Rings


Subject User Time
Gollum's ultimate "fate"? CyberGhostface Send a private message to CyberGhostface Oct 5 2012, 11:11pm
    Yes. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Oct 6 2012, 3:59am
        great question dijomaja Send a private message to dijomaja Oct 6 2012, 11:14am
            True, however elevorn Send a private message to elevorn Oct 8 2012, 1:52pm
    well, first let me say... weaver Send a private message to weaver Oct 9 2012, 2:39am
    Literary Cowardice II JWPlatt Oct 9 2012, 3:24am
        Well if you have an artisticall inspiration... Mr. Arkenstone (isaac) Send a private message to Mr. Arkenstone (isaac) Oct 9 2012, 2:55pm
        Fictional characters often wander off to unspecified fates. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Oct 9 2012, 10:18pm
            Rationalizations JWPlatt Oct 9 2012, 10:51pm
                Maybe you're misinterpreting FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Oct 10 2012, 8:49am
                    don't forget... dijomaja Send a private message to dijomaja Oct 11 2012, 11:02am

 
 
 

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