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Notes from a small library

geordie
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Jul 13 2013, 8:21am


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It's a weekend, and on these occassions I like to take a wander through the vast marbled halls of the geordie library. Shafts of dim sunlight slant in through the louvres way up under the roof, and fall on the stacks - that is, shelves of books receding into the distance. All is silent save for the occassional roar of a roving thesaurus who's wandered in and gotten lost. It's a big place; I have to take in a ball of twine and pay it out as I go, so's I don't get lost.

Sometimes I'll notice an item I'd left idly on top of a pile of books on a tabIe, and pick it up and flick through it. Here's one; a copy of the journal _Encounter_, dated November 1954. There's a review here of FotR, by Tolkien's friend W.H. Auden. It's called 'A World Imaginary but Real'. Auden fell in love with LotR, and wrote very favourably about the book on several occassions. But he wasn't keen on Sam, apparently -

"Only one character, and this may be an idiosyncracy of my own, does not come off. Sam Gamgee, the faithful squire, is certainly a very estimable person and I think that we are meant to love him: but, in me, he arouses a strong desire to kick him all round the block."

There are many items to be found here in the library - I'd like to share some more, if anyone's interested.

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(This post was edited by geordie on Jul 13 2013, 8:23am)

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Notes from a small library geordie Send a private message to geordie Jul 13 2013, 8:21am
    Here's another one - geordie Send a private message to geordie Jul 13 2013, 8:39am
        I cannot say how much that quote delights me Geordie...! // Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Jul 13 2013, 5:35pm
        That's Golden! demnation Send a private message to demnation Jul 14 2013, 3:26am
    Those thesauruses have a nasty bite...and about Sam - Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Jul 13 2013, 6:01pm
        I think Auden may have mistaken Sam's attitude to Frodo as servility geordie Send a private message to geordie Jul 13 2013, 8:13pm
            That seems very likely as well Geordie Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Jul 13 2013, 9:48pm
                Tolkien well recognized and understood that some people would be annoyed by Sam Voronwë_the_Faithful Send a private message to Voronwë_the_Faithful Jul 14 2013, 12:07am
                    Yes Hobbit 'vulgarity' did annoy him sometimes! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Jul 14 2013, 12:36am
                    Tolkien recognized that Sam was a more complex character than that, I think - geordie Send a private message to geordie Jul 14 2013, 5:07pm
                        I don't think those two letters are inconsistent Voronwë_the_Faithful Send a private message to Voronwë_the_Faithful Jul 15 2013, 3:29am
                            Changing perceptions CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Jul 15 2013, 12:31pm
            Well, I'm in good company then! elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Jul 13 2013, 10:33pm
                Sam wasn't servile. geordie Send a private message to geordie Jul 14 2013, 9:48am
                    I agree... elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Jul 14 2013, 12:33pm
                        True Elaen! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Jul 14 2013, 3:24pm
                    A different time and culture to today Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Jul 14 2013, 3:22pm
        It's all very interesting demnation Send a private message to demnation Jul 14 2013, 3:34am
            Agreed Demnation - Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Jul 14 2013, 3:13pm

 
 
 

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