Thursday, April 28, 2011

Leaf by Niggle

Post your freewrites on "Leaf by Niggle" here or feel free to discuss anything related to this text that we mentioned in class today or that you have thought about since our discussion.

4 comments:

Diamond Took said...

So, I need to write about “Leaf by Niggle” as a personal or autobiographical commentary. Certainly by the avid reader’s view of Tolkien, I cannot see Niggle as a very accurate persona or reflection of Tolkien’s personality. The most obvious thing that comes to mind is that Niggle is rather alone. He is without a wife or, it seems, true friends. I think Tolkien had both of those and was happy in his friendships and extremely content in his relationship with his wife. Second, Tolkien identifies Niggle as not a very special human being as far as virtues go. The way he presents him is indicative of a strong understanding of human nature, ethics, morality, and even psychology and shows Tolkien, just by writing this, as very different from Niggle. Yes, Niggle is an artist as is Tolkien. That cannot be denied, and perhaps Tolkien is reflecting a kind of feeling he has about his own artwork. I can understand even that Tolkien could be expressing fears or, maybe not fears from the way the story turns out, some kind of explanation of how he feels he might interact with people. Certainly, many in this class might disagree as Tolkien seems larger in life in spirituality and virtue, but those are the kind of people who think about this stuff the most. Rather, I see it as a commentary on human nature as a whole from the perspective of a religious person. That in every average human being exists a potential for great goodness, given enough time.

Fingolfin said...

Niggle serves (more or less) as a personification for artists and creators of literature/art/etc. everywhere, and this obviously includes Tolkien. The struggles that Niggle initially faced seemed like they reflected the struggles that creators today face, such as writer's block and that kind of thing. (writers today don't exactly get their work destroyed but I felt that there was a resemblance)Furthermore, Niggle feels a sense of accomplishment when he sees his Tree and all the leaves that he painstakingly created himself. I think that this is done is a similar way to real-time creators; in a way, every creator feels a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment when they see their finished book or masterpiece. These properties would naturally affect Tolkien as well since he is the creator of an entire universe. As such, Tolkien accurately described many of the feelings that creators experience concering their work in the form of "Leaf by Niggle".

Haleth said...

Oops! I posted mine as a new post before I saw this.

Miriel said...

I really enjoyed Leaf by Niggle for many reasons, but especially because it allows us as readers who love Tolkien a glimpse into Tolkien's real world which we do not really receive in any other writings by him. He does a very good job of leaving his personal beliefs and thoughts out of his texts. As readers we like to see what his real life was like and what he was like personally.