Tolkien’s Depth of Imagination

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(S. Joshua Swamidass) #1

These older works — once taught as part of the canon of Western civilization — embody something that is almost anathema to our twitter-saturated minds: depth of imagination. “In all these works there was a sense that the author knew more than he was telling,” writes Tom Shippey in The Road to Middle-Earth , “that behind his immediate story there was a coherent, consistent, deeply fascinating world about which he had no time (then) to speak.” This, of course, is part of Tolkien’s remarkable legacy. By drawing maps, inventing new languages, and creating histories and genealogies for the inhabitants of his world, Tolkien convinces us that Middle-earth was a real place where real things of great consequence occurred.

This seems to be a mark of great literary and great scientific writing.

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#2

So, those who have watched it, how much did they wash away his Catholicism?

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(John Dalton) #3

According to this, they completely ignored it.

#4

I suppose that’s better than putting it in and getting stuff wrong.