LilacFree (lilacfree) wrote,

I don't want to bring this up again on the SpiralHeart list. No sense beating a dead horse. Basically, there was a person who believed that because Tolkien spent a minute portion of his life living in South Africa (he was born there, to non-native parents, and moved back to England as a small child) that his use of black and white imagery in his works was a sign of his racial attitudes. My feeling is that anything I could say would not change this person's mind. I have been rereading the Lord of the Rings and found this bit, which I offer for consideration:

This is from the portion of the Two Towers where Faramir's men have taken Frodo and Sam.

'Then suddenly straight over the rim of their sheltering bank, a man fell, crashing through the slender trees nearly on top of them. He came to rest in the fern a few feet away, face downward, green arrow-feathers sticking from his neck below a golden collar. His scarlet robes were tattered, his corslet of overlapping brazen plates was rent and hewn, his black plaits of hair braided with gold were drenched with blood. His brown hand still clutched the hilt of a broken sword.
' It was Sam's first view of a battle of Men against Men, and he did not like it much. He was glad that he could not see the dead face. He wondered what the man's name was and where he came from; and if he was really evil of heart, or what lies or threats had led him on the long march from his home; and if he would not really rather have stayed there in peace--all in a flash of thought which was quickly driven from his mind.'
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