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Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:18 pm
by Iolanthe
In my experience, liberal views are generally quite the opposite. Everything is OK as long as it is new and radical - which is OK as long as it finds space to be liberal about viewpoints that aren't new and which have stood the test of time.

Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:28 pm
by Merry
Right! The point is finding the truth, whether it is old or new. But I have found that liberals can be just as doctrinaire as conservatives. A plague on both their houses!

One really has to wonder whether some of these critics have actually read the books. Pearce has a long argument with those who call LOTR 'fascist'. Maybe I'm being too simple here, and we're to avoid allegory and all that, but isn't Sauron the fascist in this tale?

Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:45 pm
by Iolanthe
Yup. I think you're right, most can have only given it a cursory glance at most or they wouldn't be wallowing in such ignorance :roll: .

Re: Tolkien Biographies and Biographers

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:44 pm
by Merry
Since John Garth is one of Tolkien's biographers, I though I should post this here. It contains a newly discovered photo of Tolkien at the age of 15: ... ior-to-be/

I found the link to this at, to give credit where credit is due!

Re: Tolkien Biographies and Biographers

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:37 am
by Philipa
That is very interesting. I can't imagine putting boys in uniforms ... if you know what I mean. They look like little men.