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I think this is why Tolkien includes stuff like this

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Nov 30 2013, 4:21pm


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I think this is why Tolkien includes stuff like this [In reply to] Can't Post

stuff being the non-spoilerish word for 'death of characters' ... keeping spoilers out of subject lines. :-)


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I know I'm going to be an absolute mess when that happens. The only thing that will help me endure it is to go home with Bilbo. Not like when Sam came home from the Havens alone, but Bilbo returning to his beloved Bag End... though he will be changed himself. There really is no place like home.


I think we use these stories to process our own losses. Bad things happen to people in these stories but people also endure. Endure the experience of war or battle or defeat... and endure the loss of those they care deeply about.

We see them endure and we imagine we can endure at our lowest moments.

I responded deeply to the cost of 'war' in LOTR. I observed my father's tales of WWII, what he would say and what he wouldn't say. I observed the mental cost of war when those 'shell-shocked' WWII vets at the VA hospital would visit the Five and Dime I worked at. I watched my classmates ship off to Vietnam and come back physically and mentally altered forever... or not come back at all. I've attended the memorial/funeral services of a good friend, my sister-in-law, my mother-in-law, my mother, and lately... my brother.

We all hate when people die. But people die. And sometimes I need a story where no one dies and everyone lives happily ever after. And sometimes I need a story that helps me process my own losses and find a way to turn toward the light. I need a vision of that warm room of Sam's where I am greeted and a child is placed on my lap and I know that life goes on.

LOTR came to me a second time - after a 30+ year absence - just went I needed to process a lot of loss and worry and fear I'd experienced in the previous 5 years. It was exactly what I needed and even though I cried for at least a week after finishing, as we have been told, not all tears are bad.

I'm reminded of a song I heard on the radio that gave me goosebumps and made me cry the first time I heard it. It's about 'love' but it's also about life.

Well you only need the light when it's burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go
Only know you've been high when you're feeling low
Only hate the road when you're missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go
And you let her go

Tears and grief tell us how much we cared about that which is now gone from us.


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Was Thorin's efforts really in vain? *story spoilers* Kilidoescartwheels Send a private message to Kilidoescartwheels Nov 27 2013, 5:03pm
    Should be spoilers in title emre43 Send a private message to emre43 Nov 27 2013, 5:11pm
    Fili and Kili *spoilers* Danielos Send a private message to Danielos Nov 27 2013, 5:13pm
        Agreed emre43 Send a private message to emre43 Nov 27 2013, 5:20pm
    I think Thorin did accomplish what he set out to do Old Toby Send a private message to Old Toby Nov 27 2013, 5:18pm
        Differences between book and film Salmacis81 Send a private message to Salmacis81 Nov 27 2013, 8:54pm
            Okay I think I was mixing apples and oranges here Old Toby Send a private message to Old Toby Nov 27 2013, 10:32pm
        *Clarification... Salmacis81 Send a private message to Salmacis81 Nov 27 2013, 9:37pm
    Interesting point... Lost Hobbit Send a private message to Lost Hobbit Nov 27 2013, 5:22pm
    [Book spoiler warning, just in case] Two reasons Na Vedui Send a private message to Na Vedui Nov 27 2013, 6:22pm
    You make a good point that it wasn't a total failure.... dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Nov 27 2013, 7:29pm
    I've added a spoiler warning Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Nov 27 2013, 8:27pm
    Yes. authors who go killing off popular characters are a pain - ShireHorse Send a private message to ShireHorse Nov 27 2013, 8:41pm
        Yes... Arannir Send a private message to Arannir Nov 27 2013, 9:08pm
        Interesting. Dwarvenfury Send a private message to Dwarvenfury Nov 27 2013, 9:37pm
            I do agree... Salmacis81 Send a private message to Salmacis81 Nov 27 2013, 9:42pm
                oh yes. Dwarvenfury Send a private message to Dwarvenfury Nov 27 2013, 9:50pm
            I agree Lightfoot Send a private message to Lightfoot Nov 28 2013, 12:43am
                I rather agree with you, actually. Werde Spinner Send a private message to Werde Spinner Nov 29 2013, 11:22pm
                    It is nice to know Lightfoot Send a private message to Lightfoot Dec 1 2013, 8:38pm
        About Kili & Fili Kilidoescartwheels Send a private message to Kilidoescartwheels Nov 27 2013, 11:48pm
    I agree on many points in this thread *spoilers* grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Nov 30 2013, 1:02pm
        Most Excellent Thread... Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Nov 30 2013, 2:48pm
        I think this is why Tolkien includes stuff like this Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Nov 30 2013, 4:21pm
            *mods up* Well said, grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Dec 1 2013, 3:28pm
            Thanks Rosie-with-the-ribbons Send a private message to Rosie-with-the-ribbons Dec 1 2013, 6:46pm
    If the film is true to the book, you won't see it happen. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Dec 1 2013, 11:21pm

 
 
 

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