Thursday, July 23, 2009

Of Titans and Hobbits

Rand vs. Tolkien: two world views. (Via Joshua Snyder.)
The better novel is the one that "conveys an extremely important and optimistic message, namely that a plurality of many different cultures, languages, societies and visions, all existing together, yet separate and independent of each other, is still viable."
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2 comments:

boinky said...

Ah yes, they both have the theme of individual freedom vs the monster nanny state.

But Rand posits a world based on scientific materialism and atheism, where the strong ignore the rules to be free, whereas Tolkien posits a world of voluntary community, in a universe run by "love that moves the sun and all the stars".

elena maria vidal said...

Well put, Boinky.