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A question for those familiar with Tolkien's letters

BlackFox
Valinor


Jun 6 2014, 1:33pm

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I'm in need of a little help from those familiar with The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien. Is there any additional information given on or any mention made of (a) Old Forest (esp. Old Man Willow), (b) the Barrow-wights in any of them? Thanks.


“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” - Henry David Thoreau


noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Jun 6 2014, 3:13pm

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ah the joys of an ebook reader search function... [In reply to] Can't Post

Old Man willow only coincidently:

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He {Tom Bombadill} is master in a peculiar way... He hardly even judges, and as far as can be seen makes no effort to reform or remove even the Willow.
Letter 153, to Peter Hastings (draft)



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I thought Tom Bombadill [in the 1955 Radio dramatization] dreadful - but worse still was the announcer's preliminary remarks that Goldberry was his daughter (!), and that Willowman was an ally of Mordor (!!). Cannot people imagine things hostile to men and hobbits who prey on them without being in league with the devil!

Letter 175


..no results when search on "wight."

Hope that helps a bit - dis you have a specific question or thought in mind?

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"… ever let your aim be to come at truth, not to conquer your opponent. So you never shall be at a loss in losing the argument, and gaining a new discovery.”
Arthur Martine

"nowimë I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


Otaku-sempai
Half-elven


Jun 6 2014, 3:35pm

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On the Old Forest [In reply to] Can't Post

From Letter 339: "The Old Forest was hostile to two legged creatures because of the memory of many injuries."

'There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.' - Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring


BlackFox
Valinor


Jun 6 2014, 3:51pm

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Thank you! [In reply to] Can't Post


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dis you have a specific question or thought in mind?

No, just trying to gather as much information as possible as a preparation for writing an essay.


“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” - Henry David Thoreau


BlackFox
Valinor


Jun 6 2014, 3:52pm

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Thank you! :) // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” - Henry David Thoreau

(This post was edited by BlackFox on Jun 6 2014, 4:02pm)

 
 

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