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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

A Notion of Time

 


Episode 8 of The Forge of Tolkien, A NOTION OF TIME, is now live on #UATV.

What kind of frame would it take to write a convincing time-travel story? What if you were a scholar and wanted to travel back in time? What if your friend had written a space-travel story, and you found the frame unconvincing? In this episode, Professor Rachel Fulton Brown introduces The Notion Club Papers, Tolkien’s second effort at writing a time-travel story, and reads them for what we can learn about Tolkien’s own desire to travel back in time.

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10 Comments:

Blogger Scuzzaman September 15, 2020 9:08 AM  

This is a great series. Really appreciate it.

I used to think it’d be good to travel back and stop myself marrying my ex-wife but then I thought if I married someone else maybe I wouldn’t be married to my new wife. So I concluded the logical thing to do would be to go back and punch my young self in the face. Do you think your younger self would recognise himself in how you look today? I’m talking a 30 year gap - from 24 to 54.

Blogger Greg from the Piedmont September 15, 2020 9:36 AM  

Scuzzaman, I have often wondered about the same thing, and frankly I think you have resolved the thought in the only way it could be resolved. My younger self needs his ass kicked for making some decisions poorly.

Blogger MJ September 15, 2020 10:24 AM  

Loving the series so far. How many episodes will there be? Also, will there ever be a comment section on UATV or is that what social galactic is for?

Blogger VD September 15, 2020 10:31 AM  

We don't have any current plans for comments on UATV. We have other features that are priorities right now, and also, comments require moderation.

Blogger Ronius_Maximus September 15, 2020 7:53 PM  

Great series. Much appreciated.

Blogger Grooveware September 16, 2020 7:30 AM  

As with rest of the content on SG it's first class. I want to upgrade on SG, do I need to unsubscribe then subscribe again vox.

Blogger Grooveware September 16, 2020 8:38 AM  

The Darkstream without all the conversations about conversations is much better, I always thought it was rude people talking you while you were speaking.

Blogger Terrific September 16, 2020 1:56 PM  

I, too, have considered that I made a mistake marrying my first wife. Given that it ended in divorce, that seems self-evident. But it begs the question: What was God's purpose for my marriage?

Only a churchian would believe that the purpose of marriage is the happiness of the couple. If we believe there is a divine plan it is clearly possible that God put us together for His own reasons.

Consider the case of the prophet Hosea. God ordered him to marry Gomer, a prostitute. A woman God knew would be unfaithful to Hosea. This was to provide an object lesson to the people of Israel, to demonstrate their continual infidelity to Jehovah and His longsuffering love and forgiveness toward them.

Now I'm not saying God is using us like puppets; however, if you have surrendered your life to Him you have given Him permission to use you as He sees fit to fulfill His will on earth.

Of course, the easy answer is to say, if I hadn't married my wife my wonderful children would not exist. Sometimes the consequences of our choices ar just too big for us to comprhend. See, "Perelandra" by C.S. Lewis.

Blogger Terrific September 16, 2020 1:56 PM  

I, too, have considered that I made a mistake marrying my first wife. Given that it ended in divorce, that seems self-evident. But it begs the question: What was God's purpose for my marriage?

Only a churchian would believe that the purpose of marriage is the happiness of the couple. If we believe there is a divine plan it is clearly possible that God put us together for His own reasons.

Consider the case of the prophet Hosea. God ordered him to marry Gomer, a prostitute. A woman God knew would be unfaithful to Hosea. This was to provide an object lesson to the people of Israel, to demonstrate their continual infidelity to Jehovah and His longsuffering love and forgiveness toward them.

Now I'm not saying God is using us like puppets; however, if you have surrendered your life to Him you have given Him permission to use you as He sees fit to fulfill His will on earth.

Of course, the easy answer is to say, if I hadn't married my wife my wonderful children would not exist. Sometimes the consequences of our choices ar just too big for us to comprhend. See, "Perelandra" by C.S. Lewis.

Blogger Terrific September 16, 2020 1:58 PM  

I, too, have considered that I made a mistake marrying my first wife. Given that it ended in divorce, that seems self-evident. But it begs the question: What was God's purpose for my marriage?

Only a churchian would believe that the purpose of marriage is the happiness of the couple. If we believe there is a divine plan it is clearly possible that God put us together for His own reasons.

Consider the case of the prophet Hosea. God ordered him to marry Gomer, a prostitute. A woman God knew would be unfaithful to Hosea. This was to provide an object lesson to the people of Israel, to demonstrate their continual infidelity to Jehovah and His longsuffering love and forgiveness toward them.

Now I'm not saying God is using us like puppets; however, if you have surrendered your life to Him you have given Him permission to use you as He sees fit to fulfill His will on earth.

Of course, the easy answer is to say, if I hadn't married my wife my wonderful children would not exist. Sometimes the consequences of our choices ar just too big for us to comprhend. See, "Perelandra" by C.S. Lewis.

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