January 23, 2005

Old gods

Julie Saltman points me via email to Brad DeLong's post heaping scorn upon Tom Bombadil.

DeLong thinks Tom is a disaster. It will probably surprise no one that I don't share his esthetic judgment; I think Tom Bombadil is one of the most fascinating characters in LotR. I've mentioned my ambivalent feelings about literary criticism, but I'll point to some of comments on DeLong's post as examples of lit crit's power to enrich one's understanding of art.

My favorite is a part of a longer comment by Troy McClure: "Maybe the old gods weren't all Lovecraftian horrors, perhaps they were beautiful like Goldberry."

So long as thinking and writing about literature leads to provocative gems like this, you won't hear me complaining too much.

Posted by Carey at January 23, 2005 08:05 PM