Saturday, October 09, 2004

Insallment Five...

“...the essence of a myth being that it should have no taint of allegory to the maker and yet should suggest incipient allegories to the reader."

-C. S. Lewis, from a letter to his friend, J. R. R. Tolkien

1 comment:

eucharisto said...

Very interesting...I'll bet this is the quote everyone uses when they say Tolkien hated allegory, which, if taken in context, is simply not true. He just didn't want everything to be a conscious parallel between spirituality and reality.
He rather wanted it as a sub-conscious state of mind, to allegorize it in the reader's mind without the reader knowing it is an allegory. Very fascinating.