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Lecture 20

EN238 Lecture Notes - Lecture 20: Fairy, Finrod Felagund, Gildor Inglorion

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Horror, Enchantment, Narration and the Old Forest
pg. 74 The first black rider introduces the theme of the horror of the
unknown. The sniffing … creepy, the sound … creepy.
The chapter builds up the sense of horror.
pg. 76. very suspenseful, the crawling, snuffling black rider
Almost gothic horror, a slow burn.
Horror causes fear, the opposite of which is not courage, courage does not
negate fear, but it helps us confront it. Frodo must find courage so he can
keep going.
Pg. 90 singing and then screeching - juxtaposition of horror and joy.
Unsettling, jolting, etc.,
Black riders have lost their gift from Iluvatar, they cannot die. They are
bound to the ring in a similar way that the elves are bound to the
earth. They are possessed, soulless and sad.
Merry mistaken for a black rider. The horror is in the unknown, there is no
physical manifestation in this scene, it is inside of them.
Sharp juxtaposition between light, beauty and music of the elves and the dark
shadow just before.
Elves are unknown/uncanny like the black riders but lighter and full of good
rather than evil.
Old & young … gay & sad. A true dichotomy/binary, so full yet so
When the hobbits see the elves they are fully enchanted by the magical
nature of the Elves.
“They bore no lights, yet as they walked a shimmer, like the light of the
moon above the rim of the hills before it rises, seemed to fall about
their feet” (80)
“Pippin felt as if he was in a waking dream” (82)
Gildor and Glorien are of the house of Finrod.
Tolkien puts a lot of effort into the first few chapters to create a secondary
world in the Shire, it’s an anomaly in Middle Earth and it doesn’t quite fit. To
the rest of Middle Earth it is a sacred space.
As Pippin, Frodo and Sam begin their trek out of the shire there is a
progressive level of enchantment that goes on, leading them into a land
of ‘faerie’ … even though they are stepping for the first time into the
real world.
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