Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I really liked what Dr. Donovan said in class today about King Arthur being a negative example for Tolkien's works. As I read, I was finding it hard to draw many parallels between the two, although I was surprised in class today of how many there were that I missed. But I do see it more as a negative example, or Tolkien fixing and making better what Malory didn't quite do in King Arthur. I think that Tolkien takes some elements from King Arthur and developes them better. He makes them more subtle which I think makes it more realistic. For example, what was said in class today about Balin and Balan fighting being a parallel to the subtler fight between Faramir and Boromir for their father's approval. It ties it more the real world which I think is what Tolkien was going for, making it realistic.