In the last chapter we discussed from The Hobbit, Tolkien makes his
feelings concerning Goblins, and the machines and devices they are
responsible for, quite clear. In The Lord of the Rings we are treated to more of the authors dislike of machinery. Here we find the fallen wizard Saruman, who tinkers in explosive devices and has a ‘mind of wheels and metal’.
How does Tolkien use the agents of evil to get across his feelings and
opinions about machinery? Is there a specific type of machinery that
Tolkien singles out? How does the One Ring relate to all of this? Come
join us in #thehalloffire as we discuss Tolkien and technology.
Weekend 2/3 of April: Chapter 5 – Riddles in the dark
5:30pm ET (17:30)
[also 11:30pm (23:30) CET and 9:30am Sunday (09:30) AET]
7:00 pm (19:00) CET
[also 1:00pm (13:00) ET and 5:00am (05:00) Monday morning AET]
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