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CHAT: Tolkien (was Re: fantasy)

From:David G. Durand <david@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 23, 1999, 18:07
At 2:46 AM -0500 11/23/99, Grandsire, C.A. wrote:
>was also a small article in this booklet that went against the belief >that the Elves of Tolkien had pointed ears (by the way, do anyone knows >what they are doing for the movie? Will the elves have pointed ears?). A >small article but a lot of fun (with though a serious background on folk >fairy tales and such).
I've never understood the pointy-ear obsession. There's no textual support for the presence on pointy ears on Hobbits or Elves or any of the Races of middle-earth, and there are also long physical descriptions that would include such a detail if it were in fact intended. Furthermore, in "On Fairy-Stories" he expresses distaste for the concept of the diminutive Victorian fairies most frequently associated with pointy ears. In fact, I believe that in some of Tolkien's pictures of Bilbo, you can even see that his ears are round. I'd have to check to be sure, though. -- David _________________________________________ David Durand \ \ Director of Development Graduate Student no more! \ Dynamic Diagrams --------------------------------------------\ MAPA: mapping for the WWW \__________________________