lunes, 21 de febrero de 2011

Tolkien y la guerra


Del prólogo de LOTR

As for any inner meaning or 'message', it has in the intention of the author none. It is neither allegorical nor topical. As the story grew it put down roots (into the past) and threw out unexpected branches: but its main theme was settled from the outset by the inevitable choice of the Ring as the link between it and The Hobbit. The crucial chapter, 'The Shadow of the Past', is one of the oldest parts of the tale. It was written long before the foreshadow of 1939 had yet become a threat of inevitable disaster, and from that point the story would have developed along essentially the same lines, if that disaster had been averted. Its sources are things long before in mind, or in some cases already written and little or nothing in it was modified by the war that began in 1939 or its sequels.

The real war does not resemble the legendary war in its process or its conclusion. If it had inspired or directed the development of the legend, then certainly the Ring would have been seized and used against Sauron; he would not have been annihilated but enslaved, and Barad-dûr would not have been destroyed but occupied. Saruman, failing to get possession of the Ring, would in the confusion and treacheries of the time have found in Mordor the missing links in his own researches into Ring-lore, and before long he would have made a Great Ring of his own with which to challenge the self-styled Ruler of Middle-earth. In that conflict both sides would have held hobbits in hatred and contempt: they would not long have survived even as slaves.


6 comentarios:

  1. En su momento lo había leído y me pareció espectacular. Encima hay mucho boludo que dice que Isengard es una alegoría del nazismo, ponele.

  2. Jajaja, es medio euge (?).

    Yo no lo recordaba, la última vez que leí el prólogo debía tener 12 años. Por cosas como esta da gusto releer los clásicos.

  3. Ese libro maravilloso recorre tradiciones culturales y fliosoficas tan amplias que casi ninguna interpretacion queda excluida.

    Este comentario de Tolkien busca, me parece, ironizar ciertos modos de la politica moderna que falla en encontrar una estrella de lo justo que la guie. -por suerte!-

    Lo que Tolkien no pudo comprender completamente es que las bases sociales del totalitarismo son los hobbits. Un grupo que desecha todo lo diferente y teme cualquier distancia individual, por minima que sea. Tanta claridad tuvo que el ultimo capitulo del tercer libro muestra lo que podria haber sucedido si la industrializacion llegaba a la comarca.

    Se que es una herejia ensuciar a los hobbits, pero a mi me parecen demasiado parroquiales, cerrados y prejuiciosos como para pensar que son aquello 'que debe preservarse'

  4. Yo veo a los hobbits como el conservadurismo pequeñoburgués post revolución industrial. Y acuerdo plenamente en que no son algo digno de ser preservado!

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