Thursday Theories … Fiction and Ideology

ideology

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  1. 1.a system of ideas and ideals, especially one which forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy.”the ideology of democracy” Similar: beliefs ideas ideals principles doctrine creed credo teaching dogma theory canon(s)conviction(s)persuasion

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I am becoming concerned people about people using the word “ideology”, when talking about Fiction in particular.

Someone, white, said to me recently that I don’t understand because they had Emma Watson to play the part of Belle and not a black girl. Which is such bullshit, lol. I know that part of the reason I relate to Belle’s Disney, is because I “look” like her (honestly though, who looks like a Disney character). The biggest reason I adore Belle though, is because of her kindness and her reading! She didn’t just fall for Gaston. That doesn’t change if someone played her, and is a black person.

When it comes to works of fiction and being transferred onto the big screen. I don’t care who plays who.

Fiction is fiction, it is literally for anyone and everyone. We’re in 2022 people! Just because the other people want to go backwards, doesn’t mean we have too!

Tolkien did not finish off both “The Silmarillion” and “Beren and Lúthien” These were finished off by his son, Christopher. Christopher was the reason that a lot of his father’s work couldn’t actually take place. Including the films with Peter Jackson. I actually don’t like Beren and Lúthien because of Christopher. I felt like Christopher was writing FOR his father.

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What concerns me is when people start talking about things like diversity, and not on the good way.

As a reminder, JRR Tolkien wrote LotR in stages between 1937 and 1949. This was a time that being gay was still illegal and people of colour, did not have rights. So in 2022, if Tolkien had a problem with POC or LGBT+ people playing characters in Middle Earth, I wouldn’t be interested. He’d just be another white bigot. Just like a lot of people talking about their “problems” with the diversity in the series.

We ultimately don’t know what Tolkien thought of Diversity, in any form. It seems he was pretty okay with diversity. As white people we NEED to STOP whining about having fictional characters as POC. It’s outdated and gross. It’s 2022 people! From what I’ve read about Tolkien, I don’t think he was ever intentionally racist . I think, for that time, he was could see there was a problem.

What this comes to do is wanting to keep the Rings of Power, with a whole white cast, that IS an ideology. Wanting to keeping something 100% to the source material IS an ideology. That is a problem in 2022. Now guaranteed, I would have really like to have seen a female dwarf with a beard, that would have made such an impact at the moment. However, it’s still “Hollywood”. It’s also though one of the reasons I don’t think Tolkien would ultimately have a problem with the “Rings of Power”.

Quiet honestly with you all. Hearing people complaining about the Elves in Ring of Power being POC. Is no different to people complaining about Hermione or Ariel (the Little Mermaid) being black. I don’t think Tolkien or Andersen were being intentionally racist. They WERE European and white. They are also long dead. We are now in 2022. If you are NOW complaining about it, that is racism. That is an ideology.

The list below are all ideologies and as you can see they are not all woke, either.

  • Trumpism
  • Racism/White Supremacy
  • Transphobia
  • Rowling…ism lol

Liz Truss, Rishi Sunak, Ted Cruz, “Governor” Di Santis are right wing ideologists. Being left and woke doesn’t automatically make someone an ideologists. Just like being right wing can make you an ideologist.

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World Tolkien Reading Day

Tolkien Reading Day is held on the 25th of March each year. It has been organised by the Tolkien Society since 2003 to encourage fans to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favourite passages.

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According to reading length “The Silmarillion” only takes 7 hours and 22 minutes.

Tolkien was influenced by Germanic heroic legend, especially its Norse and Old English forms. During his education at King Edward’s School in Birmingham, he read and translated from the Old Norse in his free time. One of his first Norse purchases was the Völsunga saga.

March 25 was chosen as the date to celebrate annually because it marks the date of Sauron’s defeat, a key evil character in “Lord of the Rings.”

Tolkien Could Read by the Age of Four.

He was a philologist (scholar of languages) at Oxford and even worked on the Oxford English Dictionary.

Many people believed Sauron was based on Adolf Hitler. However, he was based on a character in one of JRR Tolkien’s favourite boyhood books. Tolkien loved SR Crockett’s historical novel, The Black Douglas. Its villain, Gilles de Retz, was based on the French knight (and associate of Joan of Arc), Gilles de Rais, a convicted child murderer. Crockett’s character was also a devil worshipper, allied with a shapeshifting witch and a pack of wolves — similar to wargs.

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Tolkien and Lewis were friends for several decades when they both taught at the University of Oxford. They were critical of each other’s work: Tolkien disliked The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe because he found the *allegorical depiction of good and evil too *strident. After their first meeting, Lewis wrote in his diary of Tolkien: ‘No harm in him, only needs a smack or so.’

Tolkien was Catholic while Lewis was Protestant.

*As a literary device or artistic form, an allegory is a narrative or visual representation in which a character, place, or event can be interpreted to represent a hidden meaning with moral or political significance.

*loud and harsh; grating. presenting a point of view, especially a controversial one, in an excessively forceful way.

So it seems that Tolkien found Lewis works, either too obvious with the meaning and/or (at the time) Tolkien felt it was too obvious what Lewis was writing. Rather than having a more subtle meaning. Then again, it is Tolkien. The man who created an entire new language for an epic tale.

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And STILL Tolkien was rejected for a Nobel Peace Prize for Literature!

World Tolkien Reading Day – Fun Times!

The 25th of March is Tolkien Read Day, and while later I will be more “serious”. Today, I just want to relax and lets have fun for the moment! So what can one do for fun on Tolkien Reading Day?!

Well, you don’t HAVE to read…I wont tell. So you can have a Tolkien movie marathon! I’ve wanted to do that for a long time. It’s not reading, but it is Tolkien related!

Download and print this Tolkien word search puzzle. Find all the Middle Earth words.

You know there’s more than Lord of the Rings, and the Hobbit, that was written by Tolkien. Try Beowulf.

Learn Elvish! Hahaha

Of course you can always take a look at The Tolkien Society.

A foodie? Why not make something yummy! The Lord of the Rings: The Best Food in Middle-Earth, Ranked.

Have Fun! Goodness knows, we all need a little bit of a break!

Happy Birthday Tolkien!

The 3rd of January is the best authors ever birthday! J.R.R Tolkien!

Technically for Australia, by the time this is posted it will be Jan 4th…But hey, this is my blog and I’ll write when I want too.

So JRR Tolkien’s birthday is January 4th.

Thank you Sir, for leaving us with an entire new world of Magicness … ess, and some of the most beautiful writing on the earth!

Hobbit Day

September the 22nd is Hobbit Day.

Why?

It being the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien’s popular set of books. According to the fictional setting, Bilbo was born in the year of 2890 and Frodo in the year of 2968 in the Third Age (1290 and 1368 respectively in Shire-Reckoning.)

I’m posting because that way it’s still technically the 22nd of September where I live. So celebrate by playing with a Dragon or two, and HAVE that second breakfast!

Did you know? Due to the discrepancies between the fictional Shire calendar and the Gregorian calendar there is some debate about when to celebrate Hobbit Day, since the actual birthday would be between September 12 and 14 in the Gregorian calendar, as explained in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings.

Personally, I think when we talk about fiction, you need to stick with the fiction world’s calendar. It is always nice when the real world and the fiction world can work together. However, sometimes it is even nicer, to not have the real world collide with the fiction world. Keep the real world and the fiction world separated.

Happy Birthday Tolkien!

My first post for 2021! I wanted to start 2021 with a complete positive post! What is more positive than wishing a very celebrated and beloved author a happy birthday.

If Tolkien was still alive, he would have been 129…Probably not very probable then.

I have always loved Middle Earth and Tolkiens world, more than any other world. Including Arthurian! I really love the Arthurian world, I want to name (if I have a) my daughter Morgana. I don’t think I could name a girl Arwen or Eowyn, she’d get bullied I actually would prefer Arwen, but sensibility wise, it has to be Morgana. You know…Duhhh…

Tolkien created a magical powerful world, all down to the little details, and Tolkien NEVER went with popular fan theories unlike some authors *coughs* Rowling *coughs*. Tolkien’s work was original. Yes, the eagles annoy everyone, but one, read the books, and two, read the books.

Tolkien…The movie

I finally got to watch Tolkien the movie with Nicholas Hault, Lily Collins and Derek Jacobi. I wanted to go and see it when it was in the cinema, but couldn’t find anyone to go with. I should have gone to see it with my Gran. Not only does she love Tolkien, and was a Library manager. I also “pay her out”and call Derek Jacobi her boyfriend. Derek Jacobi plays Professor Wright, and it seems he’s the Professor who helps Tolkien with language.

I really think, despite what Christopher Tolkien said. That JRR Tolkien would have loved the movies, especially the Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit, isn’t as grand LotR and I don’t totally hate Tauriel, but I get why it was not as good.

It’s a lovely film though, it’s mainly about Tolkien’s life before The Hobbit, before the whole of Middle Earth. It explores through things, situations in his life. Situations in his life that more than likely inspired the world of Middle Earth. Tolkien went to fight in WW1 and a lot of Middle Earth is based on his time there. Hence, the Fellowships, the close friendships. Something that only people who have been right in the middle of War, would probably understand.

I am glad that I didn’t pay money to see it, but I am also glad that I got to see it at all. I know that it’s not going to be 100% accurate, timeline wise. Some parts were probably over dramatised, some bits may have been left out entirely. The essence of it though, was still in it. I definitely could see the friendships in the movie. I could see HOW Tolkien wrote friendships so beautifully. Especially male friendships. I have always thought that he wrote beautifully healthy male relationships. After seeing this movie, I understood how.

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I would definitely give this movie 5 out of 5 stars. It also does not need to be seen in a cinema.