Aw, surely you weren't thinking that I was dissing Harold Bloom because he had the audacity to be critical of the untouchable JRR Tolkien?Taurandir wrote:I guess what I was really asking is if Tolkien (or his message) is beyond criticism.
IF you did, please re-read what has been said.
I'm honestly quite surprised that you would ask something like that given everything we discussed before. I'd think we would have excluded such a naive and fundamentalist point of view almost from the start. In fact, I think it was touched upon in one of the early discussions we had.
Look, I wasn't even directly criticising Mr. Bloom in person: I said that I found his being dismissive about fantasy (Tolkien and others) silly.
Well, even very intelligent people can be stone blind in some areas. To take another example: I think Stephen Hawking, surely one of the greatest physicist of this time, is also going beyond his limits with some of the things he says.
I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings re. Mr. Bloom. It was not intentioned like that, but I think you could have concluded that yourself. Why are you so sensitive about it?