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Forum: The Books 03-24-2003, 06:59 PM
Replies: 101
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Posted By Kalessin
Sting Um, well, okay. So this thread is actually just...

Um, well, okay. So this thread is actually just about what you guys think about magic and power, and nothing to do with Tolkien, right? Hmm ... just don't let the moderators see you ...
Forum: The Books 03-24-2003, 05:06 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 19,256
Posted By Kalessin
Sting Calm down smilies/wink.gif I think...

Calm down smilies/wink.gif



I think this dismissal of Tolkien is hardly necessary. Since we are discussing his work, and presumably we enjoy, appreciate and value his writing, then we...
Forum: The Books 03-23-2003, 07:52 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 19,256
Posted By Kalessin
Sting Just a couple of small points ... ...

Just a couple of small points ...



Now, Flowers for Algernon is a wonderful book, full of pathos and some searing insights into the relationship between 'cerebral' intelligence, emotions and...
Forum: The Books 01-21-2003, 02:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,815
Posted By Kalessin
Sting Squatter, a very succinct and persuasive...

Squatter, a very succinct and persuasive reflection smilies/smile.gif

I also think leaves bu niggle deserves special mention for spectacular philology smilies/biggrin.gif.

I think there is...
Forum: The Books 01-19-2003, 04:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,815
Posted By Kalessin
Sting The analysis of Leaf by Niggle and other stories...

The analysis of Leaf by Niggle and other stories as either allegories or similar is very erudite, and the thread linked to by Estelyn is fascinating and full of interesting detail about Tolkien's...
Forum: The Books 01-18-2003, 08:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,590
Posted By Kalessin
Sting Doug You've lost me there, I don't...

Doug



You've lost me there, I don't remember stating an opinion. But my personal favourite of those 'Tales from the Perilous Realm' is Leaf by Niggle, which, while in some ways a more formal...
Forum: The Books 01-14-2003, 02:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,586
Posted By Kalessin
Sting Lindil smilies/smile.gif I am...

Lindil smilies/smile.gif



I am interested in this. At least this brings us back to a matter of opinion on which we can argue our different positions. I should say that my feeling about...
Forum: The Books 01-13-2003, 06:23 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,785
Posted By Kalessin
Sting Well, the purpose of my posts was to show that,...

Well, the purpose of my posts was to show that, despite the deficiencies of the first article, and to a lesser extent the second, there is a valid discussion to be had about how films can at the very...
Forum: The Books 01-13-2003, 04:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,586
Posted By Kalessin
Sting I am not sure that simply requiring a Divine...

I am not sure that simply requiring a Divine healing in itself substantiates that the essence of the fall or falls in Tolkein's world mirrors that in Christianity. However, the ability to perceive...
Forum: The Books 01-13-2003, 02:05 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,785
Posted By Kalessin
Sting Here in the UK, I can only make a judgement about...

Here in the UK, I can only make a judgement about national opinion based on radio phone-ins, Question Time (the leading political debate programme on TV), opinion polls in national newspapers (of all...
Forum: The Movies 01-12-2003, 11:54 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,690
Posted By Kalessin
Sting Hmm ...<P>I understand fully that for each of us...

Hmm ...<P>I understand fully that for each of us our experience of the books has created a personal and sacred bond with the works, and as such the movie can easily be seen as a flawed and incomplete...
Forum: The Books 01-12-2003, 09:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,586
Posted By Kalessin
Sting Very pertinent post, Bill. I agree...

Very pertinent post, Bill.



I agree with you that the popular notion of 'necessary evil' is misplaced in application to a Christian worldview. I think this attempt to overlay a...
Forum: The Books 01-11-2003, 10:03 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,785
Posted By Kalessin
Sting Hi Maril smilies/smile.gif Dungeons and...

Hi Maril smilies/smile.gif

Dungeons and Dragons was clearly the creation of Sino-Communist agitators intent on corrupting the innocent (such as you and I) and weakening the flawless democracies...
Forum: The Books 01-11-2003, 08:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,424
Posted By Kalessin
Sting Doug, you have a knack of starting interesting...

Doug, you have a knack of starting interesting threads smilies/smile.gif

I don't think "success through failure" is the right term for the eventual consequences of those setbacks experienced by...
Forum: The Books 01-11-2003, 08:24 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,785
Posted By Kalessin
Sting Of course it seems ludicrous to suggest that the...

Of course it seems ludicrous to suggest that the LotR films are either (or both) a reflection of, or influence upon, the current American national psyche - as it could be argued the "It came from...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 01-08-2003, 04:24 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,738
Posted By Kalessin
Sting Estelyn smilies/smile.gif The blank post...

Estelyn smilies/smile.gif

The blank post forum is a winner. Or perhaps one smiley (accompanied by a half-page signature and low-resolution graphic).

Anyway, I think we have scientifically...
Forum: The Books 01-08-2003, 04:10 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,056
Posted By Kalessin
Sting Littlemanpoet smilies/smile.gif I am...

Littlemanpoet smilies/smile.gif

I am sympathetic to your (and Tolkien's) evocation of faerie as an archetype of the surreal, super-real, unreal, quintessential beauty of art.

And again, in...
Forum: The Books 01-07-2003, 08:20 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,060
Posted By Kalessin
Sting Well, wherever this "old chestnut" crops up, I...

Well, wherever this "old chestnut" crops up, I guess you should expect some conker fighting smilies/smile.gif

Applicability is, to me, in many ways a far more acceptable term than allegory.
...
Forum: The Books 01-07-2003, 06:20 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,056
Posted By Kalessin
Sting Excellent post, Squatter smilies/smile.gif ...

Excellent post, Squatter smilies/smile.gif

Of course the genre definitions crumble under any critical evaluation. And as I posted earlier, I think any elitism arising from an sword-and-sorcey...
Forum: The Books 01-07-2003, 06:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,586
Posted By Kalessin
Sting I agree with the view skilfully argued by...

I agree with the view skilfully argued by Mithadan and Bill that there is not a symbolic equivalent or allegory for the Christian concept of Original Sin.

Having said that, whilst the chronology...
Forum: The Books 01-06-2003, 03:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,567
Posted By Kalessin
Sting Bill, I agree that numerology is more a ...

Bill, I agree that numerology is more a manifestation of the mysticism that permeates many people's sense/experience of, or projections upon, religion. I would have guessed that perhaps the deepest...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 01-05-2003, 05:36 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,738
Posted By Kalessin
Sting Like, what's with this, maaaaaaaaan ...

Like, what's with this, maaaaaaaaan smilies/mad.gif

Estelyn, I have not read everything what you have wrote but I sorta agree.

Bah smilies/confused.gif

Kalessin

[ January 05, 2003:...
Forum: The Books 01-05-2003, 05:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,125
Posted By Kalessin
Sting Thanks for these interesting contributions, Bill ...

Thanks for these interesting contributions, Bill smilies/smile.gif

I think we have to also bear in mind that Tolkien acknowledges the philosophical problem inherent in his moral narrative - how...
Forum: The Books 01-05-2003, 04:55 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,056
Posted By Kalessin
Sting Good post, Littleman, and I tend to agree with...

Good post, Littleman, and I tend to agree with you about the technocracy of rational science smilies/rolleyes.gif.

However, I don't think that dream or escape are inherent qualities OF fantasy,...
Forum: The Books 01-05-2003, 01:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,567
Posted By Kalessin
Sting Tolkien was both fascinated and influenced by a...

Tolkien was both fascinated and influenced by a range of ancient mythologies, particularly the Nordic brand. If you are looking for sources, you could start with Wagner's Ring Cycle, itself a...
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