LotR (was Re: reviews (but not of MC))
rohina at shaw.ca
Sat Dec 13 23:53:28 EST 2003
>>Not to harp, but why is authorial intention a conclusive argument-ender
>>to this discussion? I know Tolkien said the book wasn't an allegory, but
>>it is damn easy to read as one. There seems to be some space here for
>>debate: just because Tolkien made these pronouncements doesn't mean he's
>Avoiding all questions of authorial intent (except the one about how I
>seem to recall seeing it expressed as 'auctorial' intent in the long-ago
>before all my critical theory books were destroyed in a **Flood. Did my
>encounter with the word 'auctorial' take place in a liminal zone?), I
>guess I'll just toss this into the topic like a superball --- wasn't
>Tolkien setting out to write *myth?*
What's your point? A myth can quite easily be allegorical; in fact, most of
them are, in some way.
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