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Sacred Spaces #4


Apr 12 2007, 8:13pm

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Just a quick post, time is getting short…

First of all, a few thoughts from the previous threads (upon which you’re still welcome to comment, of course).

The Shire has (at least) sacred qualities. The innocence of its inhabitants and its gently cultivated landscape (mostly untouched, though) make it sort of a garden of Eden, a sanctuary in a violent world.

The place where the shards of Narsil are being stored is sacred (at least for Aragorn), since it holds an object of reverence.

Lothlórien seems sacred in itself, the Elves living a symbiotic life with untouched/unspoilt nature.

I think FarFromHome is right to say that the Sacred in FOTR has much to do with unspoilt nature. But the film, as weaver pointed out, contrasts Sacred moments to the terrible reality of the moment. In fact, I think the film shows most aspects of the Sacred not by explicitly showing them, but by showing the perversion of the Sacred. Nan Curunír where Saruman changed the gardens and orchards into a wasteland comes to mind (bad example, NC isn’t really a Sacred Space…)

But I think it’s safe to say PJ holds rather to the dark side of things than to the bright side of life in any of his films.

What do you think, is Thomas Honegger right to say that space betrays the character of its inhabitants when it comes to the Shire and Lórien?

And what does the design of (Sacred) Spaces tell us about their inhabitants?

One more thing, please let me know if you’d like to be credited in the paper with your nick or your rl-name.

And here are the links to old threads.
Thread 1a
Thread 1b
Thread 2
Thread 3

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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