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Meditations on Middle-Earth by Karen Haber
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Oct 26, 2008

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bookshelves: never-intended-to-finish, somewhat-read, nonfiction

There's a lot in here about the need for fantasy/fairy tales/epics/the-story-as-primary, for humans innately and individuals based on their experiences, and in Lord of the Rings's historical and social moment, all of which is fascinating if you think that's fascinating. Orson Scott Card thinks that LotR has no meaning apart from its story, and that this is what makes it good (and books snidely referred to as "'serious'" that you can say something about that isn't the story bad, not-so-implicitly, although he says things about LotR that aren't its story). My skimming leads me to believe that everything but Le Guin, Card, Goldstein, and Windling is skippable.

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