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Reception and Adaptation Studies

Reception and Adaptation Studies ish banners of the Elder Days, this article focuses on textual descrip tions of military emblems in The Lord of the Rings, particularly their symbolism. McGregor notes that black appears in Gondor's emblems and white in Saruman's, going against the common simplistic claims regarding color symbolism in Tolkien. Instead, the meaning of a color depends on its context and usage. The symbolism of Saruman's White Hand proves somewhat elusive to analysis, but McGregor is quite in terest ing on that of the Eye of Sauron and its appearances, not just in emblems but as a seen or felt presence in the palantíri and elsewhere. Unusually among Tolkien scholars, McGregor makes a point of distin guishing the Eye from the "vast searchlight" in Jackson's movies yet still perceives Sauron in the text as being somehow "confined to" the summit of Barad dûr, thus reinforcing Jackson's entirely unTolkienian idea of Sauron as weak and limited (101). "She Stood in Tears amid the Alien Corn: Thinking through Agrilo gistics" by Timothy Morton (Diacritics 41.3: 90­113) is a philosophical meditation on the extent and meaning of the historical space of civili zation between the invention of planned agriculture (what Morton calls "agrilogistics") http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tolkien Studies West Virginia University Press

Reception and Adaptation Studies

Tolkien Studies , Volume 13 – Dec 14, 2016

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ish banners of the Elder Days, this article focuses on textual descrip tions of military emblems in The Lord of the Rings, particularly their symbolism. McGregor notes that black appears in Gondor's emblems and white in Saruman's, going against the common simplistic claims regarding color symbolism in Tolkien. Instead, the meaning of a color depends on its context and usage. The symbolism of Saruman's White Hand proves somewhat elusive to analysis, but McGregor is quite in terest ing on that of the Eye of Sauron and its appearances, not just in emblems but as a seen or felt presence in the palantíri and elsewhere. Unusually among Tolkien scholars, McGregor makes a point of distin guishing the Eye from the "vast searchlight" in Jackson's movies yet still perceives Sauron in the text as being somehow "confined to" the summit of Barad dûr, thus reinforcing Jackson's entirely unTolkienian idea of Sauron as weak and limited (101). "She Stood in Tears amid the Alien Corn: Thinking through Agrilo gistics" by Timothy Morton (Diacritics 41.3: 90­113) is a philosophical meditation on the extent and meaning of the historical space of civili zation between the invention of planned agriculture (what Morton calls "agrilogistics")

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Published: Dec 14, 2016

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