Thread: Way off topic but...
[quote="Gandalfs Beard":31lebjif]That's almost a chicken and egg question Beren. My guess is that Tolkien (and Lewis too) lovers were probably raised on Fairy Tales and Greek/Norse/Celtic Myths in children's books format. This probably inspired them to read more, move on to Tolkien, and thus become more educated in the process.[/quote:31lebjif]
But, in order to fully explore this notion, we must go and see if there are any counterexamples. Are there any children who were raised with the myths and fairy tales, and then they read Tolkien and were turned off by it? Or, are there any people who had that kind of childhood who can't get into Tolkien, or can't understand it?
If so, this would show that it is very possible that a love (and understanding) of Tolkien varies by individual. Since everyone is different. If this were the case, then some people could be injected with myths and fairy tales and Tolkien, and yet have no love or understanding at all. But then others could have not been brought up like that at all, but they love Tolkien.
Now, if all of this is true, then perhaps intellectual "superiority" (if you will) is just one of the things that defines a Tolkien nut. Of course, not all of the smart people in the world are Tolkien nuts, so there must be other variables (like their personality). So, being smart wouldn't make you a Tolkien nut, but perhaps being a Tolkien nut means you're smart?
The 5TH OF AUGUST. DAY OF DOOM.
Cheers I am filled with optimism now
But Im sure youll do fine, Felagund, or at least...yeah..well good luck
But Im sure youll do fine, Felagund, or at least...yeah..well good luck [/quote:dkum75f9]
Thank You Zackira! I hope that your exams are not as stressful to you next year as mine were this year! I hate School - but I'm in my last year now (of course if I get the rioght results it will be Uni after but there you go)
[quote="Zackira":3p7c9ilw]Mhmm....exam, thats a little...terrifying...oh well, Ive still got one more year to improve [/quote:3p7c9ilw]
Its still terryfying though
Reading Tolkien in particular requires a certain level of intellectual sophistication . And as I subscribe to the notion that Nurture can only help people reach their own Nature's potential, it's really a bit of both.
But, I think all of us on here seem bright for our own age because we have taken the time to explore beyond the book, and completely digest its true meaning, and what Tolkien meant it to be as a series in itself, not just one book at a time.
In our seeking for more knowledge, we came here, discussing and debating, learning more as we go along. . . to me that is true sophistication .
Anybody heard of his tale, Leaf by Niggle? That tale demands much thinking, and figuring out what the moral and meaning is
Anybody heard of his tale, Leaf by Niggle? That tale demands much thinking, and figuring out what the moral and meaning is [/quote:3nwua4un]
I've heard of it but never read it. Is it one of the tales from the perilous realm? I haven't read them because they aren't set in Middle-earth.
[i:3r2t26q1]But,[/i:3r2t26q1] as others have said, it takes more intellectual capacity then the average-joe to fully understand the [i:3r2t26q1]literal yet fantasy-based[/i:3r2t26q1] world that Tolkien has created and put before us to let our imagine thrive on it, and the ones who take this to heart, I think those are the ones who
1. Truly love Tolkien
2. Are smarter then the average-joe.
3. Are awesome enough to come to these forums .
EDIT: 30th post . And Oh my goodness. . . Zackira, you realize we joined on the same day, the same year, only a few hours apart?!
I'M SO SCARED! I'M SO SCARED! AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH! AAAAAAAAHHHHH.....
Had to get that out I am crapping it! I don't know what to do when it comes through the post. How will I open it? I've decided I'm going to run into the shed in my back yard, lock myself in and then slowly, bit-by-bit open the results
3 of them where BAND 1 (THAT IS THE HIGHEST) and my 1 B might get changed to an A because I was off illl when we did practical Drama Exam.
So probabky 5 A's! I'm all happy now