Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Skywalker, Mar 21, 2011.
Yeah, without women, except for one of the most badass female characters ever created.
Ripley's in LoTR? I don't believe it. You obviously didn't read what I wrote.
Eowyn was the only female principal character in the entire 4 books who had anything more than the totty role.
And since we're talking about the Hobbit here, y'know all those wonderful stills of the dwarves and all the other cool pics of wizards and hobbits and elves? Just have a look at them all again and tell me if there isn't something strange about tales of Middle Earth.
If the dearth of women in the source material is a big deal to you, then you might enjoy other movies more than this one. The Hunger Games is out soon, and it looks good.
Honestly I'm not sure what the point is. Should Peter Jackson make some large-scale story changes to make up for J.R.R. Tolkien's perceived misogyny? (He already replaced a male character, Glorfindel, with the female Arwen in The Fellowship of the Ring.) Or should we just be ashamed of ourselves for looking forward to something that does not meet with your approval?
I respect your observations in discussions such as this, as they are usually much sharper than mine. However, the only "strangeness" here seems to be what you want to see. I honestly have never heard even the faintest whisper of concern on this matter. Wouldn't you think that there'd be a considerably smaller number of female fans if there was something "strange" about the small number of female characters?
^Besides, Fili and Kili are clearly female dwarves.
Two words: Boy Bands.
Now add "strange". Don't ask, don't tell.
You honestly never heard about that matter?
It's up there with: was Pipe-weed that "funny weed", was Tolkien a racist and did Balrogs have wings.
Trailer looks good. Looking forward to seeing more.
In the films? Maybe.
In the books? No - it was called "nicotiana", meaning tobacco.
While it is called "tobacco" in The Hobbit and The Two Towers, pipeweed can't be tobacco because tobacco isn't native to northern Europe, and Middle-Earth was intended by Tolkien as a pre-historical Europe.
So "tobacco" is probably a mistranslation from Westron.
If they can have potatoes in Middle-earth (which IRL weren't introduced into Europe until the 1500s), why not tobacco? Maybe the Númenóreans brought some foreign crops to Middle-earth when they were colonizing it in the Second Age.
Nicotiana is a reference to nicotine.
You don't say.
Or, it's an anachronistic mistranslation of the Red Book.
For instance, there's a reference to trains in the first chapter of The Fellowship of the Rings, and they certainly didn't have those in Middle-Earth. It's possible that Tolkien, in translating from Westron, altered some similes and references to something that modern readers would understand.
Meh, I prefer my take on it. Simpler than saying it's a mistranslation or alteration from the "original text."
If you mean The Fellowship of the Ring...
No, there isn't.
Looks like it, or at least that was Merry's theory:
I do mean Fellowship of the Ring, thanks for correcting me. I typed too fast.
And in return, I'll correct you. There is, in fact, a reference to trains in "A Long Expected Party."
From page 27 of the single volume hardcover edition:
I even highlighted it for you, Set Harth.
Thus, it's clear that Tolkien the translator is using anachronistic ideas and concepts in his translation of the Red Book of Westmarch. Therefore, Samwise's potatoes need not be the South American tuber, and pipeweed need not be American tobacco.
There's a difference between a simile referencing something anachronistic, which isn't actually present except as metaphor, and a direct reference to something which is actually there. Tolkien doesn't say that pipe-weed is like tobacco, just as he does not say "Bilbo liked to sit and watch the express trains go by".
Knowing that Tolkien intended for Middle-Earth to be the pre-historical past and that The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings represented the lost mythologies and epics of the ancient Britons, then one can take the reasonable view, as I am here, that what's in Tolkien's work should be reflective of what was possible in Europe circa 7,000 BCE. And tobacco and potatoes were no more possible in Europe circa 7,000 BCE than were express trains.
However, we also know that Tolkien was lazy and historical accuracy didn't interest him a great deal. He probably didn't know that potatoes and tobacco weren't native to the Old World. And the first few chapters of Fellowship don't fit with the rest of the work because they have the tone of The Hobbit (which is chock full of references to 1930s culture) and not the tone of the rest of the Legendarium (which is more akin to a medieval romance or the King James Bible), and Tolkien never bothered to fix those chapters.
(Also, since you edited in Merry's theory, it doesn't actually work. According to the maps, there was no equivalent of North and South America prior to the sinking of Numenor and the change of the world from flat to spherical. Without the Americas, there no place for tobacco and potatoes to come from.)
Truly, you can read the anachronisms in The Lord of the Rings either way. Either they're an anachronistic translation from the Westron or Tolkien was a lazy writer of fiction. I'm not trying to win an argument here. I'm just pointing out that Tolkien's literal words don't always work within the world that he assumes and that he built.
But, he did like to watch the trains after smokin' the Pipe-Weed
There were potatoes in ancient Europe. But then the hobbits ate them all. Then something ate all the hobbits.
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