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landscape as land-form

Luthien Rising

Feb 25 2007, 9:50pm

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Tolkien's landforms are idealized, formal, architectural. We can easily call them "non-naturalistic," or "non-representative" -- they do not match the Romantic irregularity of landscape that we have chosen as our frame today, in all media, for the representation of landscape. We have come to think of landscape as inherently irregular, inherently disrupted. Tolkien's view of landscape is through more Platonic eyes: these are our ideas of mountains, our ideas of winding roads, our ideas of gnarled trees. In a perspective that sees the physical world as fallen, however, these may be conceived of as more true, or as closer to the truth of landscape. (Not that we have to agree, of course, that this is truer landscape!)

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In this entire section, how would you characterize Tolkien’s understanding of landforms, and their graphic representation?

Lúthien Rising
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