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"...no wizards or magic swords..."

FarFromHome
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Oct 10 2012, 10:44am


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"...no wizards or magic swords..." [In reply to] Can't Post

From the article, quoting the book's editor:
"In The Fall of Arthur we find themes of lost identity, betrayal, and sacrifice for greater glory, which have their echoes in other works, such as The Lord of the Rings, but anyone looking for closer connections will find no wizards or magic swords. In this respect The Fall of Arthur is closer to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight or The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún." [my emphasis]
So no Merlin, and no Excalibur, apparently. Or at least, not as we know them. This is going to be a more "historical" take on Arthur, perhaps. Certainly the opening lines (quoted in the article) seem to make it clear that in this poem, the Anglo-Saxons are the enemy, and that Arthur is the "historical" fifth-century Celtic leader trying to hold back the tide of invasion after the Romans go home and leave Britain to defend herself.

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From the unpublished Epilogue to the Lord of the Rings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
New Tolkien work to be released next May! News from Bree Send a private message to News from Bree Oct 7 2012, 8:47am
    Brilliant news. Looking forward to digging into this. / DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Oct 7 2012, 3:41pm
        I am a little surprised at this because everythig I have read indicated Eruonen Send a private message to Eruonen Oct 7 2012, 3:46pm
            This is so Amazing. " Put away for 80 Years?" Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Oct 7 2012, 6:29pm
                My impression is that JRRT would not have liked the Eruonen Send a private message to Eruonen Oct 7 2012, 7:22pm
                    I did com across a cryptic message another site that Eruonen Send a private message to Eruonen Oct 7 2012, 7:44pm
                Camelot Movie... Malveth Send a private message to Malveth Oct 8 2012, 2:24pm
            Probably more English epic than French romance Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 9 2012, 12:50am
                Yes, after reviewing the Alliterative Morte Arthure link provided Eruonen Send a private message to Eruonen Oct 9 2012, 4:53am
                    You never know Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 9 2012, 7:53pm
                Interesting link! FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Oct 9 2012, 9:55am
                    Celtic elements Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 9 2012, 8:00pm
                        The trouble is that Arthur was Romano-British / celtic not English. Eruonen Send a private message to Eruonen Oct 9 2012, 8:36pm
                Agreed Malveth Send a private message to Malveth Oct 9 2012, 1:14pm
        Related Guardian Article. Spaldron Send a private message to Spaldron Oct 9 2012, 6:25pm
            ! ! ! ! Malveth Send a private message to Malveth Oct 10 2012, 3:19am
            "...no wizards or magic swords..." FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Oct 10 2012, 10:44am
    Yes!!! Malveth Send a private message to Malveth Oct 8 2012, 2:18pm

 
 
 

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