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Sacred paper #3

Timbo_mbadil
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Apr 1 2007, 9:09am


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Nope, I’m not gone, and our paper on Spaces in FOTR is still to be written. And as always, all your opinions are not only welcome, but most helpful. Especially if you agree ;-)

Just like Darkstone in his excellent thread (what the films and the book are about), I’ve been thinking.
http://newboards.theonering.net/forum/gforum/perl/gforum.cgi?do%3Dpost_view_flat%3Bsb%3Dpost_time%3Bso%3DDESC%3Bpost%3D5879=View+Flat+Mode#5879

The most painful part will be to come up with a definition of what *we* think the term ‘Sacred Space’ means in/for FOTR, the definitions for ‘Liminal’ and ‘Secular’ will follow quite naturally, I think (as well as the actual content of the paper).

It has been noted that PJ can make a place (especially the Shire) seem sacred in one moment and then turn it ‘non-sacred’. This to me seems a key aspect for our definition. Spaces can change, they do not necessarily have single meanings (if you want to call it thus). What does this mean for the sacredness of the Shire? After all, the Shire and all its loveable and silly inhabitants is the reason why Frodo goes through all the pain and suffering.

Only the ‘altar’ holding Narsil and Lórien remain sacred throughout the film. Interestingly, while the ‘altar’ has an object of reverence, Lórien seems to be sacred in itself. Why (and how) is that? Btw, I tend to disagree that the Mirror of Galadriel is a Sacred Space. Isn’t the mirror just a tool such as Elrond’s library or his looking glass?

Cheers
t

Otherness represents that which bourgeois ideology cannot recognize or accept but must deal with (…)
Robin Wood 2003, p. 49. "Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan – and beyond". Columbia University Press, New York, Chichester, West Sussex.

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Sacred paper #3 Timbo_mbadil Send a private message to Timbo_mbadil Apr 1 2007, 9:09am
    A problem with the WIDTH of your post, for some reason!??? mae govannen Send a private message to mae govannen Apr 3 2007, 9:13am
        I wonder if FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Apr 3 2007, 11:43am
            Thank you so much for your immediate help, FFH!... :-) mae govannen Send a private message to mae govannen Apr 3 2007, 12:37pm
            Thanks for making my post readable :) /nt Timbo_mbadil Send a private message to Timbo_mbadil Apr 3 2007, 2:21pm
    Links to previous threads Timbo_mbadil Send a private message to Timbo_mbadil Apr 3 2007, 2:19pm
    Defining Sacred FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Apr 3 2007, 4:22pm
        Book versus movie Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Apr 3 2007, 4:53pm
        Children Morwen Send a private message to Morwen Apr 3 2007, 5:44pm
            We also see frightened children in Rohan FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Apr 5 2007, 8:16am
                oh, ho! weaver Send a private message to weaver Apr 5 2007, 3:17pm
    a few more thoughts... weaver Send a private message to weaver Apr 3 2007, 7:51pm
        Just a quick reply (fuzzy, I just woke up) Timbo_mbadil Send a private message to Timbo_mbadil Apr 4 2007, 7:01am
        The children of Gondor FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Apr 5 2007, 8:26am
            what the kids represent... weaver Send a private message to weaver Apr 5 2007, 3:15pm

 
 
 

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