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Practicality?

Mim
The Shire

Jul 11 2012, 6:27pm


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I think something needs to be said for the impracticality of a highly populated middle earth. Each community that the travellers encounter forms some kind of obstacle. If there were endless civilizations to pass through, the journey would have take a lot longer and been a lot harder. Furthermore, the peoples that are encountered, by the fellowship and its members in later groupings, each mean something. Were there a greater population, the significance of individual communities would be lessened. If there were more elf kingdoms for them to pass through, Lothlorien would have a lesser impact. If there were still great civilizations of men near the Shire, the Hobbits wouldn't be as untouched by the outside world as they are and wouldn't have had to travel very far to find sanctuary.

Practicalities aside, if Middle Earth is to be viewed as some kind of mythology, it is representative of a much older earth. It seems to me that if there were countless civilizations present at this time, more great Dwarf mines and more Elven woods it would not fit so well with the idea of a time which has vanished. It would, as has already been pointed out, seem strange to think of MIddle Earth as a world that could easily vanish if it were so much more alive.

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Tolkien at UVM - 2012 summer - week 2 bglenney_uvm Send a private message to bglenney_uvm Jul 11 2012, 12:46am
    My Best Guess kyerandall_uvm Send a private message to kyerandall_uvm Jul 11 2012, 1:05am
        Excellent!// CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Jul 11 2012, 4:52pm
    I'd go for depopulated rather than unpopulated. Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Jul 11 2012, 1:30am
    Don't discount the non-human population. Curious Send a private message to Curious Jul 11 2012, 3:14pm
    Practicality? Mim Send a private message to Mim Jul 11 2012, 6:27pm

 
 
 

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