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  •  You're very certain. Shouldn't you write your own (3+ / 0-)
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    diary, sharing your perfect interpretation of Tolkien with the world?

    Don't get me wrong - I think you've done quite enough getting me wrong already. Please read my exact words, not your feelings, and comprehend them:

    I enjoy spirited debate. You are most welcome to present contrary views here, for as long as you like, and to come back to future book diaries of mine. However, you say:

    Frankly, I don't think much of your analysis of this work.
    Well, frankly, I don't think you've comprehended my layered and ambivalent views of Tolkien's work.

    I read your many comments in MichiganChet's LotR diary from two years ago.

    Your first comment there was in reply to a long comment, which began:

    The books are not perfect. The first volume (Fellowship) drags quite a bit, IMO. It takes forever for the Hobbits just to get out of the Shire! Personally, I'm not fond of Tolkien's poetry, and though I love the ideas of Lothlorien and Galadriel, those chapters dragged for me (as did some of Rivendell), perhaps because I am not an immortal, so that spending a lot of pages in their company is boring for me. . . Some of the dialogue is a bit stilted. . . .
    You replied:
    Flaws? What flaws?! Heretic! ;-p
    You're joking, but you mean it too.

    You make 19 comments in that diary, and it's clear that you've read and thought a lot about Tolkien. I was both sarcastic and sincere when I suggested you share "your perfect interpretation of Tolkien with the world". Although you have much to say on Tolkien, you also appear so emotionally attached to Tolkien's work that when you hear him criticized, you defend him before you've taken the time to comprehend the critique. As you say in a later comment:

    I read LoTR many many times beginning when I was ten or so and each time I discovered new things.  I have literally worn out my copies. I think the appendix on Elvish gave me a pretty good grounding in linguistics too. . . I began by thinking about hobbits and have since meandered through the nature of beauty and the nature of evil. It's an amazing book.  My all out favorite book ever
    I appreciate that, beyond your love for Tolkien, you have a complex knowledge and understanding of his work. Unfortunately, instead of reading all the layers and contrasting views embedded in my diary, you read a far simpler diary colored by your emotional allegiance to Tolkien. If you cannot simultaneously be prosecutor, defender and judge, you will not comprehend this diary.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 05:15:18 AM PDT

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