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From: Jerry Friedman <jerry_friedman@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: (urth) Re: Digest urth.v031.n015
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 08:36:10 -0800 (PST)

--- David Duffy <davidD@qimr.edu.au> wrote:
> On Thu, 13 Dec 2001 Jerry Friedman wrote:
> > > There's an essay by Wolfe about Tolkien in December's "Interzone"
> > > and freedoms - the Christian order itself, even if there is no sight
> of
> > > God himself in the books.
> >
> > "No sight of God" is literally true, but God is busily arranging
> > coincidences, prophetic dreams, and stuff like that.  Sort of like
> TBotNS,
> > as a matter of fact.  I wonder whether Tolkien was Wolfe's model in
> that
> > book.

> Tolkien said that he disliked allegory.  As a child, I read his
> introduction to LOTR, and used it to justify a literal reading of the
> Pilgrim's Progress ;).  Wolfe always has a-not-always-convincing
> alternative explanation for the events in his stories, while Lafferty...
> Have we been here before?
> Arwen = Apheta
> Aragorn = Severian
> elves = Heirodules
> Gandalf = Father Inire
> Gollum = Baldanders (has to get that ring you know, or maybe Saruman)
> Ring = Claw
> Sauron = Abaia
> I am unsure who Cate Blanchett gets to play

Master Malrubius.

Looks like I was unclear above.  I meant that LotR may have been Wolfe's
model in how to handle literarily the role of God, not that BotNS is some
kind of imitation of LotR.

Jerry Friedman

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