High Towers and Strong Places: A Political History of Middle-earth

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The Laiquendi could develop some kind of guerilla warfare as the years go by. We will have to show all elven societies turning more and more militarised. And the beauty of this is that since we're doing a long series, we can do this so subtly in costume and prop design.

Is it charisma? We could work with some pretty basic factors here, politics at the most fundamental level. The process should be influenced by the different threats posed by Melkor and his creatures. Last edited: Aug 13, That the three of them were hanging out for at least a day before the others began to awaken. This makes me think of the fact that in the Bible, Adam was around for long enough to name all of the animals before Eve was created.

You're probably right. And that's a good point about the naming. The fact that they have begun to speak first will be a good thing to show, and even if the others speak as well, that will probably be one important factor in the process of forming their leadership and later kingship and legendary status. Dom, you're a genius. I love the idea of shaking up the governments across "Beleriand and its Realms.

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One Tale to rule them all And THIS is what makes it great. Tolkien had used every word to it's greatest. Lots of names and dates, no real soul or feeling. You don't want a carbon copy of the book, because then the movies are boring and predictable, and there is no fun in going back to read the book as I did.

At least there are some parallels. That would be kinda interesting. They clearly each have their own realms, but they hang out with each other often, it would seem. I can see them sitting around a table to make a lot of their decisions.

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Dominic Jerry Nardi Jr. There was a great discussion afterwards so I encourage others who made contributions to share their thoughts. Does the government have any formal institutions e. Is there any mention of specific laws? Realms with more laws and more institutions are likely to be more formalized, with greater levels of bureaucracy and ritual between the ruler and subjects. By contrast, less formalized systems will likely permit informal relationships in which the king might converse regularly with subjects and have a less imposing throne room for example, the difference between Denethor and Theoden in Return of the King.

There are also different types of charisma, from firebrands like Hitler to soft-spoken religious leaders like the Dalai Lama. Some characters in The Silmarillion , particularly Feanor, seem prone to giving fiery speeches in order to rouse supporters. Characters with charisma require actors with a larger stage presence, actors who could make the character seem larger than life a Benedict Cumberbach as opposed to Hayden Christensen. Characters who rely upon charisma or persuasive rhetoric should also be depicted leading crowds rather than simple in a court with a small coterie of elites.

Do these elites have an independent power base? Do they express open disagreement with the ruler? Simply put, is there any evidence that the ruler faces potential or actual opposition within the realm? To the extent that there are other powerful elites or nobles, the ruler is going to be more constrained and thus more likely to adopt consensual political behavior.

In the adaptation, this means we should see such rulers having to consult advisors or councils rather than issue orders on high from a throne. Or is the terrain mountainous or forested? Typically, states with flat terrain can better manage and extract resources subjects because they can survey the land and observe taxable property, such as crops. This is especially when farmers depend on state infrastructure for irrigation.

By contrast, in mountainous or forested areas, subjects can flee more intrusive government or higher tax rates. If subjects are not dependent on the state and can flee, they have more bargaining power. Soon after, in , they moved to Sarehole now in Hall Green , then a Worcestershire village, later annexed to Birmingham. Mabel tutored her two sons, and Ronald, as he was known in the family, was a keen pupil.

Young Tolkien liked to draw landscapes and trees. But his favorite lessons were those concerning languages, and his mother taught him the rudiments of Latin very early. His mother got him lots of books to read. He thought Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll was amusing, but also thought that Alice's adventures in it were disturbing.

Philip's School and Exeter College, Oxford. His mother converted to Roman Catholicism in despite vehement protests by her Baptist family who then suspended all financial assistance to her.

She died of complications due to diabetes in , when Tolkien was 12, at Fern Cottage in Rednal, which they were then renting. For the rest of his life Tolkien felt that she had become a martyr for her faith, which had a profound effect on his own Catholic beliefs. Lewis to Christianity, though Tolkien was greatly disappointed that Lewis chose to return to the Anglicanism of his upbringing. He lived there in the shadow of Perrott's Folly and the Victorian tower of Edgbaston Waterworks, which may have influenced the images of the dark towers within his works.

Another strong influence was the romantic medievalist paintings of Edward Burne-Jones and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood ; the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has a large and world-renowned collection of works and had put it on free public display from around Tolkien met and fell in love with Edith Mary Bratt, three years his senior, at the age of Father Francis forbade him from meeting, talking, or even corresponding with her until he was He obeyed this prohibition to the letter.

High Towers and Strong Places: A Political History of Middle-Earth

For Tolkien, the result of this meeting was a strong dedication to writing poetry. Fifty-seven years later, Tolkien remembers his regret at leaving the view of the eternal snows of Jungfrau and Silberhorn "the Silvertine Celebdil of my dreams". On the evening of his twenty-first birthday, Tolkien wrote to Edith a declaration of his love and asked her to marry him. She replied saying that she was already engaged but had done so because she had believed Tolkien had forgotten her.

The two met up and beneath a railway viaduct renewed their love; Edith returned her ring and chose to marry Tolkien instead. After graduating from the University of Oxford where he was a member of Exeter College with a first-class degree in English language in , Tolkien joined the British Army effort in World War I and served as a second lieutenant in the eleventh battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers. Throughout and his illness kept recurring, but he had recovered enough to do home service at various camps, and was promoted to lieutenant.

When he was stationed at Kingston upon Hull, one day he and Edith went walking in the woods at nearby Roos, and Edith began to dance for him in a clearing among the flowering hemlock: "We walked in a wood where hemlock was growing, a sea of white flowers". Tolkien's first civilian job after World War I was at the Oxford English Dictionary, where he worked mainly on the history and etymology of words of Germanic origin beginning with the letter W. Nicholson noted that the article Tolkien wrote about Beowulf is "widely recognized as a turning point in Beowulfian criticism," noting that Tolkien established the primacy of the poetic nature of the work as opposed to the purely linguistic elements.

Where Beowulf does deal with specific tribal struggles, as at Finnesburgh, Tolkien argued firmly against reading in fantastic elements. In , he moved to Merton College, Oxford, becoming the Merton Professor of English Language and Literature, in which post he remained until his retirement in Tolkien completed The Lord of the Rings in , close to a decade after the first sketches. During the s, Tolkien spent many of his long academic holidays at the home of his son John Francis in Stoke-on-Trent.

Tolkien had an intense dislike for the side effects of industrialization which he considered a "devouring of the English countryside. This attitude is perceptible from some parts of his work such as the forced industrialization of The Shire in The Lord of the Rings. Auden was a frequent correspondent and long-time friend of Tolkien's, initiated by Auden's fascination with The Lord of the Rings : Auden was among the most prominent early critics to praise the work. Tolkien wrote in a letter, "I am […] very deeply in Auden's debt in recent years.

His support of me and interest in my work has been one of my chief encouragements. He gave me very good reviews, notices and letters from the beginning when it was by no means a popular thing to do. He was, in fact, sneered at for it. Tolkien and Edith had four children: Rev. During his life in retirement, from up to his death in , Tolkien increasingly turned into a figure of public attention and literary fame. The sale of his books was so profitable that he regretted he had not taken early retirement. Fan attention became so intense that Tolkien had to take his phone number out of the public directory, and eventually he and Edith moved to Bournemouth at the south coast.

His medal was stolen from his room later that night. The medal was returned much later, but the thief was never identified. When Tolkien died 21 months later on September 2, , at the age of 81, he was buried in the same grave, with Beren added to his name, so that the engravings now read:. Tolkien was a devout Roman Catholic, and in his religious and political views he was mostly conservative, in the sense of favoring established conventions and orthodoxies over innovation and modernization.

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He was instrumental in the conversion of C. Lewis from atheism to Christianity, but was disappointed that Lewis returned to the Anglican church rather than becoming a Roman Catholic. Tolkien became supportive of Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil War when he learned the republicans were destroying churches and killing priests and nuns. Though the perception of Tolkien as a racist or racialist have been a matter of scholarly discussion [36] , statements made by Tolkien during his lifetime would seem to disprove such accusations.

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He regarded Nazi anti-Semitism as "pernicious and unscientific". Tolkien, having lost most of his friends in the trenches of World War I , was opposed to war in general, stating near the end of the war that the Allies were no better than their opponents, behaving like Orcs in their calls for a complete destruction of Germany. He was horrified by the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, referring to its creators as 'lunatics' and 'babel builders. His writings also evidence a strong respect for nature , and he wrote disparagingly of the wanton destruction of forests and wildlife.

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Tolkien, in a letter to his son, once described himself as anarchist, or rather anarcho-monarchist. In the letter he briefly described anarchy as "philosophically understood, meaning abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs" [40]. Beginning with The Book of Lost Tales, written while recuperating from illness during World War I , Tolkien devised several themes that were reused in successive drafts of his legendarium. They are not considered proper Arda or Middle-Earth lore by Tolkien scholars or buffs, but rather form their own alternate continuities. Community Showcase More.

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