Thursday, July 23, 2009

Of Titans and Hobbits

Rand vs. Tolkien: two world views. (Via Joshua Snyder.)
The better novel is the one that "conveys an extremely important and optimistic message, namely that a plurality of many different cultures, languages, societies and visions, all existing together, yet separate and independent of each other, is still viable."


boinky said...

Ah yes, they both have the theme of individual freedom vs the monster nanny state.

But Rand posits a world based on scientific materialism and atheism, where the strong ignore the rules to be free, whereas Tolkien posits a world of voluntary community, in a universe run by "love that moves the sun and all the stars".

elena maria vidal said...

Well put, Boinky.