Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Vocabulary "On Fairy-stories" Group 3 -- Children

1) Vocabulary:
(from Sarah)

We found 6 words we thought were imperative to understanding the section on Children.
1-Pernicious: having a harmful effect; p.58 Tolkien considers wise those who don't think fairy stories are "pernicious"
2-"Lumber-room": we had a difficult time really defining this term.  Tolkien discusses it on p.59.  We decided he means that amongst the nonsense that is a lot of fairy stories, there are "diamonds in the rough" or treasures stuffed away in the attic.
3-Credulity: readiness or willingness to believe especially on slight or uncertain evidence; p. 60 Tolkien discusses how this fact was somewhat of a factor for focusing fairy stories towards children.
4-Secondary Belief: we never really came up with a definition for this one but we thought it was important. Tolkien discusses it on p. 61.  We thought it had something to do with adults suspending disbelief and being "supported by sentiment" in order to like a fairy story.  Any thoughts here?
5-Voracity: eager approach; p. 61 children are eager to try anything that is given to them, therefore they are more open to fairy stories
6-Erroneous: wrong or incorrect; p.65 the incorrect assumption that children are naturally to be associated with fairy stories

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