Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Rings of Power Episode Three



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Richard Worth said...

I am reminded of Ursula Le Guin's 'From Elfland to Poughkeepsie' (for British readers, Poughkeepsie is much like Surbiton or Slough) where she talks about the need for good fantasy to have poetic language to stop it from feeling like modern America in fancy dress. PD James made something of the same point about the Book of Common Prayer with age and distance leading gravity to the words. Thinking of the Old Republic, though, I only found out recently that the last Queen of Korea not only had a very big hairdo but also used to avoid assassins by wearing the same clothes as her ladies-in-waiting. The 'last' bit may suggest this was not an unqualified success.

Richard Worth said...

Admittedly, the idea of the 'Old Republic' was one that dominated Roman thinking for some four or five centuries, with successive Emperors at least paying lip-service to the Senate and the People of Rome, ands orators and philosophers bemoaning the self-serving decadence of today compared to the era when Romans in Rome's quarrel, would spare not land nor gold, nor son nor wife, nor limb nor life, in those brave days of old. I don't know if it came down to us directly, or though Italian city states and France under Napoleon III, but 'The Old Republic' may carry a resonance that perhaps we British don't quite grasp emotionally.