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Oct. 13, 2021

Mythmakers Go To War

Mythmakers Go To War
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Do you not know who Prince Imrahil is? Or Erkenbrand? Then you've seen the film but not read the book. In this episode, we talk about why you really must go back to the book to get the war. Do you have views on what has been left out by the film adaptation of LotR? Starting with the fine details left out of the Peter Jackson movies, we visit our favourite missing characters - Erkenbrand, the Grey Company, Beregond and Bergil, Prince Imrahil. Tolkien deserves to be taken seriously as a war writer so we compared him with previous war writers, ranging from Tolstoy, Thackeray to Shakespeare, then put him alongside his contemporaries, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, the war poets, Cecil Lewis, etc. plus a visit to a modern writer, Tamora Pierce who remembers the human cost in the shape of displaced people and refugees. Also mentioned or quoted are John Garth, Tolkien and the Great War, and Joseph Loconte, A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War.