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Essay: Tolkien, Trees, and Tradition


Feb 17 2018, 7:05pm

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Essay: Tolkien, Trees, and Tradition Can't Post


We are the fighting Uruk-Hai! We slew the great warrior! Well, yeah, first he killed a bunch of us and another whole lot of Mauhr's lads, and we had to shoot enough arrows into him to drop a Mmak. But we got him!

(This post was edited by Attalus on Feb 17 2018, 7:06pm)


Feb 17 2018, 10:13pm

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There's Joseph Pearce [In reply to] Can't Post

I find he hangs a lot more on Tolkien's texts than the texts can really bear.

For example, it's impossible to say that the Ents will always reach the right decision because they use language in a right and precise way -- we never hear a word of Entish during the Entmoot, and Tolkien seems to be having more fun with the concept of a slow-moving language than a precise one. It would be fun to make a case that Tolkien had imagined a race whose language was precisely logical and so unable to state a false conclusion, but along with that concept not being in the book in any way, I have a feeling that not even Tolkien believed that such a language was possible.

But the good Mr. Pearce is hardly the only one to hijack Tolkien as a popular delivery vehicle for his message.

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