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In the Shadow of Leaves
Dappled in light & dark; a place to watch from, think, write, make & show images
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is now in Australia
Return of the King Scene-by-Scene


Something of a topical repeat of some previous posts -- see January 11, 2003 and June 17, 2003

Especially this: home.clara.net/andywrobertson/wolfemountains.html
Gene Wolfe's essay on what The Lord Of The Rings means to him.
The Best Introduction to the Mountains
by Gene Wolfe
With that preparation I entered the Mills of Mordor, where courtesy is weakness, honesty is foolishness, and cruelty is entertainment
It is said with some truth that there is no progress without loss; and it is always said, by those who wish to destroy good things, that progress requires it. No great insight or experience of the world is necessary to see that such people really care nothing for progress. They wish to destroy for their profit, and they, being clever, try to persuade us that 'progress' and 'change' are synonymous ...

I do not agree with all his attitudes (browse through this blog to get a feel for mine if you are interested), but do sympathise with quite a few, rather like my attitude to Tolkien, parts of which, even in my early teens thirty years back, quite set my teeth on edge.
Perhaps it's because of the slightly fraught relationship between Great Britain/Europe and Australia (there are hints of a similar affect between the USA & the 'Old World', but it is distinctly different too).
Perhaps it's because I was (still am) female.

Nearby may be found: DSL Notes on Content and home.clara.net/andywrobertson/docindex.html
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