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It's ultimately a personal decision

squire
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Mar 6 2013, 7:01am


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Since you obviously realize that Tolkien himself would be highly unlikely to agree (to phrase it generously - I would say he would be adamantly, even angrily, opposed) to an interpretation of the Blue Wizards as female, I am curious why you are so anxious to leave the possibility open?

I also, to return to an older subject, am continually amazed at the fascination the Blue Wizards seem to hold for many fans. When I was asked to write the article on "The East" for the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia, part of the assignment was explicitly to include a discussion of the Blue Wizards. Since they are at best a marginal feature of the role the "East" plays in Tolkien's geopolitical imagination, I ignored the editors' request in order to stay within the word count. Why? I thought. Why the Blue Wizards?



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Subject User Time
blue wizards -- female? Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Mar 5 2013, 3:19am
    Not hardly, I should say squire Send a private message to squire Mar 5 2013, 4:43am
        but note the use of "Men" (vs. "men") Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Mar 5 2013, 11:48am
            old men and sages Elthir Send a private message to Elthir Mar 5 2013, 1:15pm
            It's ultimately a personal decision squire Send a private message to squire Mar 6 2013, 7:01am
                More to the Imagination Finwe Send a private message to Finwe Mar 6 2013, 4:47pm
                    Imagination and centrality CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Mar 6 2013, 5:59pm
                you put words in my mouth that are not mine Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Mar 11 2013, 11:47am
                    By omitting details of the other two wizards ElendilTheShort Send a private message to ElendilTheShort Mar 18 2013, 10:54am
    The word 'wizard' itself FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Mar 6 2013, 12:55pm
    My vote is for... Elthir Send a private message to Elthir Mar 6 2013, 2:55pm
    quotes about old men etc. aside... dik-dik Send a private message to dik-dik Mar 6 2013, 10:30pm
        gender in names Elthir Send a private message to Elthir Mar 7 2013, 2:51pm

 
 
 

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