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By omitting details of the other two wizards

ElendilTheShort
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Mar 18 2013, 10:54am


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By omitting details of the other two wizards [In reply to] Can't Post

Tolkien creates a larger world. If we knew everything about all characters then there are less questions remaining. By having these characters referenced but not fleshed out is another masterful stroke. If every character is fully realised and linked to the whole story then it becomes unrealistic. They were probably never fleshed out because there was no need to do so. Authenticity would be lost if they happened to be two more named Maia that also appear in other work.

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blue wizards -- female? Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Mar 5 2013, 3:19am
    Not hardly, I should say squire Send a private message to squire Mar 5 2013, 4:43am
        but note the use of "Men" (vs. "men") Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Mar 5 2013, 11:48am
            old men and sages Elthir Send a private message to Elthir Mar 5 2013, 1:15pm
            It's ultimately a personal decision squire Send a private message to squire Mar 6 2013, 7:01am
                More to the Imagination Finwe Send a private message to Finwe Mar 6 2013, 4:47pm
                    Imagination and centrality CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Mar 6 2013, 5:59pm
                you put words in my mouth that are not mine Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Mar 11 2013, 11:47am
                    By omitting details of the other two wizards ElendilTheShort Send a private message to ElendilTheShort Mar 18 2013, 10:54am
    The word 'wizard' itself FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Mar 6 2013, 12:55pm
    My vote is for... Elthir Send a private message to Elthir Mar 6 2013, 2:55pm
    quotes about old men etc. aside... dik-dik Send a private message to dik-dik Mar 6 2013, 10:30pm
        gender in names Elthir Send a private message to Elthir Mar 7 2013, 2:51pm

 
 
 

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