The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien - 1956-1959. Reception of Lord of the Rings. (Letters 181; 183-216)

October 24, 2005 - December 7, 2005 (& March 20-25, 2006)

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XXI. Letters 181, 191-192. Frodo’s moral failure; Elves & the three rings; Differences & similarities between Elves & Men

by Finding Frodo, October 24-30, 2005

Letters [week] 21, 181, 191, 192 [10/24/2005 @ 23:26] (5/13)

Temptation [10/26/2005 @ 0:35] (3/13)

Deliver us [10/27/2005 @ 0:17] (4/9)

Open discussion [10/30/2005 @ 0:30] (9/43)

181: Allegory Revisited <drogo_drogo> [12/12/2005 @ 7:27] (3/7)

 

XXII. Letters 183-197 except 191-194. Comments on W.H. Auden’s LOTR review; Themes of LOTR; Work on maps & illustrations; Foreign translations; Frodo’s pacifism

by N.E. Brigand, November 2-13, 2005

“My chief reason for using this form was simply technical.” (Letter #183, part one) [11/2/2005 @ 1:27] (3/8)

“a man is both a seed and … a gardener” (Letter 183, part two) [11/4/2005 @ 14:39] (2/3)

“Gondor against the rest” (Letter 183, part three) [11/6/2005 @ 18:59] (1/11)

“Whether my ‘good people’ were kind and merciful…or not, is quite beside the point” (Letter 183, part four) [11/6/2005 @ 19:06] (3/4)

“I am not a democrat” (Letter 186) [11/9/2005 @ 1:10] (6/6)

“Musicians want tunes…” (Letter 187) [11/13/2005 @ 19:11] (6/9)

“there is a lot to be said for ‘the grosser forms of literary success’” (Letters 184-5, 189, 195-7) [11/13/2005 @ 19:16] (5/9)

“Not that Beatrix Potter did not give translators hell.” (Letters 188, 190) [11/13/2005 @ 21:00] (1/4)

 

 

XXIII. Letters 193-194, 198, 201-202. BBC production and plans to do an animated version.

by N.E. Brigand, November 13, 2005

“strange men and stranger women” (Letters 193-4, 198, 201-2) [11/13/2005 @ 21:09] (3/21)

 

XXIV. Letters 207 & 210, first half. Critique of Zimmerman screenplay up to comment #15, including the Eagles, contracting time, Faramir, Gandalf and many comments about how irritated Tolkien was.

by erather, November 14-18, 2005

207 What is a 'story line'? [11/14/2005 @ 16:59] (9/39)

210, Part 1 -- Excess Eagles [11/15/2005 @ 22:34] (3/3)

210, Part 2 -- Of time and distance [11/16/2005 @ 17:18] (1/9)

210, Part 3 -- A Childish Fairy-tale? [11/17/2005 @ 19:12] (1/5)

210, Part 4 -- Aragorn and the Ringwraiths [11/18/2005 @ 22:43] (2/4)

 

XXV. Letter 210, second half. Critique of Zimmerman screenplay, remainder of letter including Orcs, Balrog, Galadriel, Lembas, Treebeard, etc. along with more comments on his disgust.

by IBo, November 20-26, 2005

Intro [11/20/2005 @ 13:46] (1/1)

1 Balrog [11/21/2005 @ 1:50] (3/7)

2 ORCS [11/22/2005 @ 2:24] (4/9)

3 Galadriel [11/23/2005 @ 2:01] (3/7)

4 Trees [11/24/2005 @ 2:45] (3/9)

5 Meduseld [11/25/2005 @ 1:41] (2/7)

6 Moral import and open discussion [11/26/2005 @ 12:12] (2/7)

 

XXVI. Letters 199-200, 203-206, 208-209. Nature of the Valar, Maiar, Elves & Men; Death as a theme of LOTR; Thoughts on philology.

by nerdanel_50, November 29-December 4, 2005

[200]: Of Sauron's Body [11/29/2005 @ 0:45] (6/8)

203 and 208: Death, Immortality and [Illegible] [11/30/2005 @ 4:39] (4/4)

204 and 206: Swedish Meatballs, Maggot-Soup and the Dangers of Translation [12/4/2005 @ 0:35] (4/7)

 

XXVII. Letters 211-212. Numerous answers to fans questions

by Menelwyn, December 5-7, 2005

211 and 212: Does Gondor have pants? [12/5/2005 @ 21:55] (3/5)

211 and 212: Rules for Sauron [12/7/2005 @ 20:29] (3/4)

 

XXVIII. Letters 213-216. Shire customs; The Hobbit vs. LOTR; Tolkien is a Hobbit

by drogo_drogo, March 20-25, 2006

213: "I am in fact a Hobbit" [3/20/2006 @ 7:30] (5/8)

214: You Say It's Your Birthday, Well It's My Birthday Too! [3/21/2006 @ 7:50] (5/21)

214: Beware of Hobbits Bearing Gifts [3/22/2006 @ 7:31] (2/28)

214: Who's your Daddy? Who's your Mama? [3/23/2006 @ 18:04] (3/32)

215: Writing for Children [3/25/2006 @ 9:33] (6/19)

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