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Male and female are seen as two halves of a whole, so that a person is literally incomplete until marriage. King Meneldur reads a letter from the elven King, Gil-galad, which is a request for military support on grounds of alliance through his son, Aldarion. Unless Erendis. In her absence, Aldarion chooses to give aid to Gil-galad. In his choice is mirrored generations of British soldiers who volunteer their lives for the abstract idea of national glory. Women are distractions and obstacles according to Aldarion. But without a woman, the artist cannot sexually reproduce, which for Aldarion is very important because he must produce an heir.

Instead, his creations become almost child-like, a substitution that enables denial of his dependence upon a women.

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Instead, he changes the law so his daughter can inherit, depriving Erendis of the one leverage-point she held over him. Applying philology to ideas of race and culture, he created a proto-mythology for England. He is not trying to prevent racial decay, but to trace the ascension of a race long ago. Interracial marriage between elf and man is far from threatening, as it is always the woman who is an elf. Through patrilinear inheritance, the superior elven race is harnessed within modern man: the fertile spirit, colonized and tamed by male order in the name of progress.

Tolkien begins with diversity, but ends with dominance. As Spurr notes, this ordering power is also the method of writers. It is, however, especially characteristic of the fantasy writer, who creates entire worlds by drawing maps and making up languages. Tolkien calls this power subcreation: [The sub-creator] makes a Secondary World which your mind can enter. You therefore believe it, while you are, as it were, inside.

The moment disbelief arises, the spell is broken; the magic, or rather art, has failed. You are then out in the Primary World again, looking at the little abortive Secondary World from outside. As a philologist, Tolkien is famous for creating his world through nomenclature, just as a European explorer or naturalist approached Africa or the Americas. It is not surprising that this creative process should adopt the rhetoric of empire and gender.

This myth is imposed upon the reality of the lands and people encountered who are not necessarily more or less violent, sexual, civilized, or radically different from the British and accepted in place of what is actually there. The myth seems truer than reality because it is the dominant narrative.

Believability is created by a series of cultural referents repeated through time until they appear natural. The presence of the native is a constant threat to mythology, which is exactly why fantasy makes for a fascinating look at colonial rhetoric in its most ideal, unchallenged form. The elves are unlikely to protest their depiction as sexualized Other or hobbits their child-like simplicity. The margin cannot write back. One could argue, why should we care whether elves are sexualized if they do not exist?

The problem is that elves do not exist any more than any colonial myth exists. Although obviously Tolkien could as easily be placed in other categories, I think this particular strain explains where accusations of racism and fascism draw much of their critical weight. See Rosebury 2, , for similar defense against Marxist critics. His analysis is brief and biographical, but has the advantage of placing Tolkien in a historical context alongside other authors with whom he is not usually associated.

For the purposes of this essay, I concerned myself with the text as it appears in UT Otherwise the name is replaced. For help with nomenclature translations I used Noel. The gift of the rings can be seen as a perverted, worldly gift, one that enslaves the will instead of freeing it and gives eternal life but only by turning men into wraiths. Augustine stresses the danger of forgetting the connection between the gift of 87 Elizabeth Massa Hoiem the world and the Creator who made it, and a similar danger exists for those who accept the rings and ignore how this may bind them to the one who forged them.

Although different, they are always linked in Tolkien, one leading inevitably to the next. The seas also become increasingly rough with each of his voyages, showing that the Valar are withdrawing their protection in response to rebellion. Edward Said argues that the systems of language roots and divisions was symbiotically informed by the study of races, cultures, and their roots. And after all, language goes back by a continuous tradition into the past, just as much as the other two.

Anyway I like to go back—and not with race only, or culture only, or language; but with all three. I 89 Elizabeth Massa Hoiem wish I could go back with the three that are mixed in us, father. I used the elven genealogies included in S The ambivalence that enters his texts comes from his efforts to extract Romanticism from its link with British Imperialism, and to the extent that he succeeds which I think he only partially does , he offers a critique of empire.

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Durham and London: Duke University Press, Straubhaar, Sandra Ballif. Young, Robert J. Recent scholarship has probed the biographical inspiration for the Dead Marshes, that is, the rich parallels they share with the topography of northern France in World War I where Tolkien himself served for some months in The terrible topography of the Somme cannot fully account for these crucial features.

The Mere of Dead Faces is a unique liminal zone marked by cryptic ambiguities e. The nightmare core of this treacherous landscape poses not only an obvious mortal peril accidental drowning but also a very particular spiritual temptation for the hero at this moment in his quest. As Shippey has noted in J. Tolkien: Author of the Century, that temptation is despair. Tolkien synthesized his memories of the Somme together with elements drawn from medieval literature and European folklore to create this landscape and especially the profoundly unnatural objects—corpses holding candles—lying at the heart of an otherwise apparently natural landscape.

With both a hypnotic and partially paralyzing power, these lights disorient the living, and above all, exercise a compulsion over them, luring them to an apparently restful, watery death. To drown here is to sleep, an equation the text repeatedly stresses. Of course, he has not imported so to speak these elements and their functions unaltered. In addition, an especially rich source, the Hand of Glory motif, also combines the elements of the corpse and the candle as well as sleep since the taper is usually created from the hand of a hanged murderer.

Its light lulls those who see it to sleep while the bearer remains immune to its effect. In a letter written on 31 December to L. Perhaps in landscape. But then again in his Mere, the Dead are not altogether dead and the topographical zone the Marshes constitute contains bizarre unnatural forces and poses unique perils for those who intrude upon it.

Even before he penetrates the Marshes themselves, Frodo establishes the theme by voicing his wish for the release from toil a swift death appears to offer. If I must go there, I wish I could come there quickly and make an end! And if we do, who knows what will come of that? If the One goes into the Fire, and we are at hand? I ask you, Sam, are we ever likely to need bread again? Proposals for rash, self- destructive acts of courage that would bring them to rest quite soon both precede and follow their passage of the Marshes.

It is doubtful if he ever did anything braver in cold blood, or more unwise. Sam, you old ass! Come back! Here, Frodo is not relying on the report of Aragorn, nor on an abstract representation such as a map in Rivendell. Therefore I shall go this way. Again, Sam expresses a preference for a quick death attempting the Morannon rather than for the punishing journey of some thirty leagues south to another entrance through the Valley of the Wraiths.


Or are they too silent to answer? Which way should he choose? And if both led to terror and death, what good lay in choice? The age and appearance of these bodies present an impossibility. Yet, paradoxically they touch the hobbits with a lethal chill. Paradoxes defying nature abound in both the Morgul Vale and in the Dead Marshes. And most interestingly for our purposes, Tolkien employs the diction of the cemetery to depict the motions of the now diseased moonlight, further strengthening the link between the 97 Margaret Sinex two locations.

Such light is robbed of its simple natural function. The confused mingling of adversaries under water might have aroused particular horror among Elves, Dwarves, and Men since these races are at pains to honor their dead in space set aside for this purpose.

The men of Minas Tirith watch over the resting place of the dead loyally and with great care. Indeed even in the tumult of battle, the Riders of the Mark strive to separate their fallen from their enemies. Further, just as the Marshes are a liminal zone between the living lands and the desolation before the Black Gate, these bodies are in an anomalous intermediate state. Suspended between preservation and dissolution, the bodies of Men and Elves retain some of their beauty in life but also exhibit partial corruption.

The work of corruption touches them all, whatever their moral qualities while living. These corpses also lie suspended between life and death because they appear subtly revived at night, holding their lighted candles. In fact they share with the Marshes concealing them this obscure paradoxical life-in-death state. The text repeatedly emphasizes this paradoxical state throughout the episode.

At the edge of the Marshes an absence of expected animal life troubles Sam especially. Yet this apparent lifelessness above the surface of the water contrasts with the as yet hidden profusion below. There are snakeses, wormses, things in the pools. A formidable homicidal maniac in life Raknar had himself buried alive with eight hundred men he had both patri99 Margaret Sinex cide and matricide to his credit. Yet, once they are illuminated by the candlelight, they freeze in place.

He then exhibits a curious passivity, as he remains seated, quietly allowing Gestr to relieve him of costly armaments his helmet, his byrnie and ornaments a gold arm ring. At this crucial juncture of course the candle abruptly expires. Freed from its paralytic effects, Raknar is quiescent no longer; he leaps from his seat attacking Gestr vigorously.

They then follow the approved method of coping with a troublesome revenant by beheading him and laying the severed head by his rump n. There, in a peaceful scene, the dead Gunnar rests, gazing upwards at the night sky and reciting poetry. The corpses hidden in the Dead Marshes are not revenants—strictly speaking—like Raknar or Thorolf Twist-Foot in Eyrbyggja Saga, both of whom exhibit a robust solid physicality and roam great distances among the living. It is unclear whether Frodo is wet and dripping because he has tripped, like Sam, or because he has tried to touch, like Gollum on his previous visits.

They lie about, singly or in groups, stretched in every conceivable attitude. The living men have an innate respect for the dead and avoid touching a corpse, or even walking over it if possible. Further, he does not seem to share the extreme horror gripping Sam. Ominously, the power of the candles seems most potent for the Ringbearer. Indeed, Frodo appears to have entered an altered state of consciousness while his companions have not.

What are they? To dream one must sleep in some sense. These underwater candles induce a strange torpor as well as this physical paralysis. Candles with such powers are well attested in European folklore. In this period, the criminal element prized the Hand of Glory as a useful tool because it was believed to induce sleep in intended victims or to insure that those already asleep stayed that way while the crime proceeded. The Secrets du Petit Albert cited by Baker is especially valuable because it contains step-by-step instructions for making one.

The sorcerer must obtain fat derived from the right or left hand of a corpse hung on a public highway. He or she then combines this fat, pure wax, and Laplandish sesame to mould the taper. One nineteenth-century variant from Northumberland explains that each burning digit represented one sleeping member of the household.

The thumb they could not light, as one of the family was not asleep. Attempts to awaken the master of the house failed until the servant blew out the burning hand. From Germany we have the following nineteenth-century account: If thieves burn light [made of] human fat during their deed, they cannot be caught.

The power attributed to such lights is such that they do not let sleepers wake up and those awake are keen to fall into deep sleep. They cannot be put out by either draught or by people; only with milk is one able to extinguish them. Of course, the Ringbearer and his companions do not penetrate the Mere of Dead Faces armed with a sleep-inducing candle to plunder the lingering corpses. Or Hobbits go down to join the Dead Ones and light little candles.

Frodo and Sam resist the fascination of the candles and the temptation to sleep with the Dead. Having emerged on the other side of this liminal landscape into No-man land, they are—the imagery insists—closer now to the Dead than to the Living. To manage the Marshes at all, they must shed some of their hobbithood, becoming more like animals and more like Gollum for that matter. They have become life forms that now feed on death itself. Soon, in yet a further reduction, they are imagined as the corpses that sustain such minute forms of life.

Gollum is described as a skeleton stripped of its soft tissue and exposed in the desolation. Hobbits which Gollum once was are often compared to human children in size at least. This glimpse of Gollum—the hunter hunted—as a starved corpse which is yet living perpetuates the life-in-death motif begun with the corpses sunk below the Dead Marshes. When the light is strong we stand stock still. In a straightforward sense, sunlight presents the danger of exposure to the searching, sleepless Eye.

It may also signify a subtle distortion of their own natures now that the text urges us to conceive of them as ghosts. Their spectral nature suits the funereal landscape they encounter. A shade himself, he imagines ghosts. The trumpets had not rung in challenge but in greeting. This was no assault upon the Dark Lord by the men of Gondor, risen like avenging ghosts from the graves of valour long passed away. These were Men of other race, out of the wide Eastlands, gathering to the summons of their Overlord. Thus this imagery of reduction offers another imaginative means of highlighting their impressive and poignant struggle against despair.

Since the hobbits themselves have taken on some of the characteristics of the Restless Dead as a result of passing through this liminal zone, we might pause to acknowledge the extent to which the whole of Middleearth itself is riddled with concentrations of the Restless Dead. In theological terms, the act of hope is understood to emanate from the will.

He said so himself. You are the fool, going on hoping and toiling. You might as well lie down now and give it up. That said, unlike the Christian, Sam as an inhabitant of Middleearth does not hope to gain eternal life since the Christian dispensation is not available to him. He knew all the arguments of despair and would not listen to them. By contrast, Sam does not presume to set the terms of his future in Middle-earth and he succeeds where Denethor fails in withstanding the temptation of despair through a heroic act of will. The following remarks are representative. He urges Christopher to begin to write even while on active duty as a way of deriving emotional and psychological relief.

He suggests for example that somehow Sauron has managed to exact revenge upon the dead. Translations from the French are my own. Das scheint der hauptgrund weshalb sie kindern nachstellen Grimm I am indebted to Ms. Shelagh Northey for her translation of this and all other passages in German. Solchen Lichten ichreibt man die Kraft zu, das sie Schlafende aufwachen lassen und Wachende in tiefen Schlaf versessen.

The county of Hereford offers us a variant that is also of interest. The Hand of Glory motif may also have made a subtle contribution to the memorable scene beneath the barrow. There, Frodo confronts an arm and hand that possess unnerving unnatural powers. Just as the hobbits are conceived as ghosts once they have emerged into No-man land, Aragorn is acclaimed as a ghostly king when he leads the Grey Company to the Stone of Erech RK, V, ii, It is an act elicited from the will.

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Witchcraft in Old and New England. Cambridge: Harvard UP. Leather, Ella May. The Folklore of Herefordshire. Menston, Yorkshire: Scholar Press, Ltd. New York: Penguin Books, Ltd. Plowman, Max [Mark Seven, pseud. A Subaltern on the Somme in London and Toronto: J. Dent and Sons LTD. Tolkien: Author of the Century. Garland Library of Medieval Literature. The New Catholic Encyclopedia. Countless readers consider The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion—not to mention the creation of the attendant languages, histories, maps, artwork, and apocrypha—the greatest creative accomplishment of a modern author.

His many critics dismiss his work as childish, irrelevant, and worse. In doing so, however, they make an appalling oversight. By turns a soldier, linguist, and mythographer, Tolkien was a writer fully in touch with his era, and his work reveals modernist attributes—and even ambitions of modernist scope—that deserve to be explored.

Still, some rough generalizations can be made. Modernism largely arose in Europe at the turn of the century, as a vivacious and invigorating movement that took in all aspects of art, from literature to music to sculpture to dance and beyond. Modernists deliberately distanced themselves from traditional forms of art and thought in wildly diverse ways, for equally diverse reasons—some out of a bold desire to clear new ground, others as a savage attack on a society and old modes of expression they deemed to have failed them Williams 43, 5.

Whether individual artists were enraptured or appalled by the age, their themes—of reinventing art, of creating new modes of thought and language, of speed, of technological advance, of urban- and suburbanization, of isolation and dislocation especially ironic within the teeming multitudes of the cities , and of change and transience—remain constant throughout modernism Williams And though transformed, as was all of Western culture, by the Great War and its aftershocks, the tenets of modernism determined the course of art for much of the twentieth century.

Yet his work is constantly critiqued and cataloged in a fashion that divorces him from his contemporaries. The foreword by Peter S. The impulse is being called reactionary now, but lovers of Middle-earth want to go there. Even his more cogent defenders often fail to consider Tolkien as a part of the literary current, rather than as an alternative to it.

It is just such an examination we as scholars must now undertake. Art was something people did not just passively absorb; they lived it, breathed it, and fought about it. The direction of art was seen as symptomatic of and a harbinger for the future of society as a whole. Art had power Eksteins In literature, this belief was played out in experimentation with words. The Symbolists, for instance, explored synesthesia and almost violent use of metaphor, while Dada explored the musical possibilities inherent in freeing syllables from words and their meanings altogether Williams Despite these diverse manifestations, though, always there was in the various strains of modernism a sense that words had the power to unlock new realities, or alter our understanding of this one—and with that came a sense of the power and primacy of the artist.

This effort takes place on the page as well. For instance, in The Sound and the Fury, Quentin Compson claims he has had incest with his sister in a desperate attempt to efface the fact that she has had sex out of wedlock—in effect, trying to be the author of his reality. He fails, of course, but in his desire is an implicitly modernist hope about the power of the artist and the potentiality of authorship in refashioning the world.

Within the text, music creates the world, and the Ainur are artists who then fashion the world according to the blueprints of the song. But more importantly, the world actually began with the words: Tolkien repeatedly emphasizes that he created the world in order to provide a mythic habitat for the languages he was already creating. A world came into being to serve words, not the other way around. And such words—especially names—are both description and destiny to Tolkien. Moreover, art—that is, words, especially songs—become the reason for action, particularly in the face of opposition.

Another hallmark of modernist literature was the desire to reinvent art, to return to its very roots and rebuild music, dance, literature, sculpture, from their essential elements. Many returned to the birthplace of Western art, and, like so many generations of artists before them, investigated anew the works of Classical Greece and Rome. Thus the Odyssey and the plays of Aeschylus became fodder for a new generation of writers. As Anne C. He saw in the legends of the British Isles and Scandinavia an equivalent—and perhaps more authentic—wellspring of literary and cultural heritage for English literature.

Instead, he tried to build new myths almost from scratch. But his choosing to do so may account for some of the critical silence about, or worse, misinterpretation of his works. Rather than mining the rubble of Greece and Rome, he sought the relatively untapped myths and sagas of the Anglo-Saxons, Celts, and Scandinavians.

But because these models are not as familiar to the average reader—or even the average critic—his works are dismissed as fancy. But once upon a time my crest has long since fallen I had a mind to make a body of more or less connected legend, ranging from the large and cosmogonic, to the level of romantic fairy story…which I could dedicate simply to: to England; to my country. After all, this was coming on the heels of Wagner and das Gesamtkunstwerk, the total work of art.

It was the ambition of many artists at that time to create some kind of perfect, all-encompassing art form. Wagner saw this possibility in opera, as writers became librettists, painters became set and costume designers, and actors, singers, and dancers peopled the stage, creating one work of art that the viewer would be absorbed into—even dominated by—as much as possible. Granted, this quote was likely directly inspired by the enthusiastic treatment of the Kalevala in the hands of the Finns.

Yet it also resonates with what was happening in artistic centers like Paris and Berlin. Tolkien ended up toiling alone, but his initial scheme was far grander. This trait, too, is very modernist. Moreover, the notion of the nation-state itself, though birthed in the nineteenth century, is a modernist concept in execution: it bases itself around commonalties of language and a claim of universal heritage that always falls apart under close examination. What makes one truly part of a nation—be it German, French, English, etc.

Although Manlove means the remark to be pejorative, it is nonetheless potentially revelatory. To a myth-centered mindset, most Americans are a people without a land, an occupying nation of usurpers and slaves from many nations.

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This is a viewpoint with which Tolkien would have had obvious sympathies. For he saw the English too, as people without a set of myths of their own, as a people who did not speak the language of the land they inhabited. In the Waldman letter, Tolkien writes: Also—and here I hope I shall not sound absurd—I was from early days grieved by the poverty of my own beloved country: it had no stories of its own bound up with its tongue and soil , not of the quality that I sought, and found as an ingredient in legends of other lands.

There was Greek, and Celtic, and Romance, Germanic, Scandinavian, and Finnish which greatly affected me ; but nothing English, save impoverished chap-book stuff. Of course there was and is all the Arthurian world, but powerful as it is, it is imperfectly naturalized, associated with the soil of Britain but not with English; and does not replace what I felt to be missing.

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Letters In American literature, as Michaels notes, such a quest for identity plays itself out in racialized, sexualized, and gendered terms. Since Americans have no set of myths, they look to the trappings of the privileged white social aristocracy, but this culture has porous barriers from which tensions naturally arise.

When such strategies for purity fail, as they inevitably must, the tragedies that result become the backbone for the literature of this time Michaels He distills the English countryside he loves into a land of oceans and forests and mountains, he peoples it with elves, dwarves, and monsters that have sources in Northern folklore, but are uniquely his own creations, and he conjures up dynasties and legends for his people to draw from.

He has attempted to give the English a home with his words. As Paul Fussell notes, whole genres of literature—pastoral odes and romances in particular—withered beneath the fog of war The machines they once celebrated became symbols of death. They celebrated the primacy of the artist not as an aesthetic choice but as a survival method: who else could make sense of what the continent had just experienced? Or at the very least, document the lack of sense, and humanity, of which the war was symptomatic? He grapples with war, industrialization, pollution, and the rise of dictators in his novels.

That his works did so in a consciously high and fantastical style should not and does not detract from the gritty reality depicted. His work could not have spoken so powerfully to his own century if he had completely succeeded in escaping it. The fact is that he could not escape and was in actuality both responding to and using the most typical aspects of his own age as essential elements of his fantasy.

He examines the modern condition as effectively as any laconic Hemingway protagonist. His use of fantasy is not escapist, but a strategy for articulating the awful and inexplicable. Rather, it took him many years to develop the authorial manner and means with which he would face these concerns. For instance, in The Hobbit the real horror of war is only hinted at. In fact, the Great War is present mostly as a system of absences. So carefully constructed a description is indicative of an author intimately aware of just how dismal a foxhole could be.

Though the experience for many of the characters is horrible, the reader is denied the witnessing of much of it, as is Bilbo, who is knocked out mercifully quickly. The horror of war exists, but is held at bay; it becomes notable in its absence and peeks through in moments of speculation. Gradually, an impression arises of an author gingerly handling the pen, compelled to Patchen Mortimer document epic battles, without revealing all the attendant terrible things that he knows a real war brings.

Moreover, the wars with Morgoth are framed almost exclusively in the language and tradition of the English or Norse sagas. Nevertheless, the specter of the Great War creeps in. This design is borne out in the text, as repeatedly day and sunlight receive only muted attention and admiration, even as the Valar and the elves struggle against the powers of darkness.

But such a reversal takes on a second meaning when placed in context with the Great War. Dawn, on the other hand, parted the shadow of night to reveal mangled bodies, carrion birds, and thickets of barbed wire Fussell Like the poems of T. I sense amongst all your pains…the desire to express your feeling about good, evil, fair, foul in some way: to rationalize it, and prevent it just festering. In my case it generated Morgoth and the History of the Gnomes. Yet, as noted above, only tentative glimpses of the experience creep into the early texts.

After twenty years of lurking in the background, the Great War—not to mention World War II, the industrialization of England, and the modern condition as a whole— comes bursting onto the page like an invading army. What changed? Two major factors suggest themselves. Hobbits are a kind of Men, though long sundered from them, and thus their very human natures—marked by frailty, courage, and most importantly, free will—entail a radically different set of concerns from the immortal and doom-driven Elves.

The second factor was that of the advent of the Second World War itself. A detailed examination of the connections between the Second World War and the composition of The Lord of the Rings lies outside of the scope of this paper. Tolkien himself would have bristled at this claim. After World War II, rightly anxious to avoid allegorical interpretations, he downplayed the effect of biography or history on his work: Patchen Mortimer The Lord of the Rings was actually begun, as a separate thing, about , and had reached the inn at Bree, before the shadow of the second war.

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