Be afraid!!!!unseenu wrote:This is really weird I was thinking about tom bombadil on my way home and I come back and see this thread.Perhaps I'm developing a telepathic ability to pick up what's happening on this forum.
WarlKicken wrote:I think that in Tom Tolkien has a cameo in the book.
I really like this theory. Tolkien as a bumbling, all singing, all dancing, eccentric hero in his own work.
Smashing idea and one I hadn't even thought of. I know little of Tolkien to be honest.
high eight wrote:O... and Morris dancing is all bells and hankies
Jan Van Quirm wrote:Indeed - Terry has it absolutely right with the Lancre Morris Men in L&L. 'Tis all about keeping the evil spirits from interfering with the natural rythyms of country life and ensuring the good health and proper growth of crops and livestock. The blacked up faces in the Witchmen's dance is traditional in that part of the country to symbolise demons and possibly originated in the Southwest amongst the mining communities in Cornwall even before the Roman occupation with the tin trade in the Med and in Morocco (also later with the reverse slave trade where Moorish/Barbary pirates used to raid and take slaves from the south coast of England, which is probably when/where the black 'demon' aspect crept in... )
Some of the Morris dances are also tied in with the Mummers and the earlier 'mystery' plays which featured things like the Hobby Horse and Doctor/Witches which also source back to the Celtic festivals and mythology though tricked out in pseudo-christian themes like George and the Dragon Morris dancing is not cissy in other words
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