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Old 09-08-2017, 12:51 AM   #1
Haunting Spirit
Join Date: Nov 2014
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Balfrog has just left Hobbiton.
Childe Rowland elements in the Barrow-downs tale

Again this is rather cheeky - in preaching to 'Barrow-downers'

The third and final part to Ms. Seths' series on The Road to Fairyland makes ever so bold a claim that the segment of story between the green hill on the Barrow-downs and the appearance of the mysterious standing stones has not been understood by anyone.


As a continuation of a plan embedding a deep layer of fairy story elements within the text by Tolkien her proposal is that the way to open up the path into Fairyland largely followed classic English fairy tale. Tolkien used the famous Childe Rowland fairy tale and the three-times 'widdershins' route as the method to gain entry to Faerie the Perilous Realm. Her claim is that there is enough information in the text to allow us to work out three anti-clockwise circuits around the enchanted solitary standing stone atop the mounded hill. Again I leave it to the reader to decide how compelling the arguments are!
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