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Old 03-08-2003, 07:32 AM   #3
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littlemanpoet is battling Black Riders on Weathertop.littlemanpoet is battling Black Riders on Weathertop.

This reminds me of how Nordic Tolkien's mythos is. Strip away his religious background (if possible), 20th century veneer, and you have at the core the Nordic approach to life - and death. Very astute, davem.

One cannot, however, strip away his religious background and 20th century sensibilities in reality, only in theory. So I would say that the three aspects that I've picked out here inform each other, and that Tolkien is right. It's all about death and dying well, doing what's right WITHOUT hope, because there is no better way. But no, it's not ONLY all about that. There's so much more, and it's all integrated so well, which is why it draws us in...

I'm short of time or I'd explain myself better.
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