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Evidently Tolkien talked in a looser style than he wrote in

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Oct 27 2013, 5:09pm


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As geordie has provided the video, and silverlode has retrieved the similar statement from the Letters (which is what I remembered too), it seems clear that when you said "it doesn't 'sound' like something he would have said", you were both right and wrong.

Tolkien did feel that death was a preoccupying theme in human letters - which might be what's surprising you, but that's Tolkien in a thoughtful mood, all right -- but now we see that he didn't usually write in the way he might speak off the cuff. The TV quote is almost charming in is casualness, and somewhat refreshing compared to his carefully balanced and moderate written prose. Now I wonder more than ever how his lectures sounded in the Oxford classrooms.



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Can anyone verify the veracity of this Tolkien quote? demnation Send a private message to demnation Oct 26 2013, 12:10am
    Google... Nira Send a private message to Nira Oct 26 2013, 1:27am
        Thank You! demnation Send a private message to demnation Oct 26 2013, 1:41am
        It would be good to geordie to weigh in on this Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Oct 26 2013, 2:08am
    Hmmm.... Silverlode Send a private message to Silverlode Oct 26 2013, 3:53am
    It's from a BBC TV documentary caalled 'Tolkien in Oxford' geordie Send a private message to geordie Oct 26 2013, 8:44am
    Evidently Tolkien talked in a looser style than he wrote in squire Send a private message to squire Oct 27 2013, 5:09pm

 
 
 

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