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[page 7] CUYLER WARNELL BROOKS, JR. 911 Briarfield Road, Newport News, Va. 23605 As to the music in Middle-Earth, there certainly were instruments (see p.245, vI), but Tolkien gives no detail. The Elves at Rivendell had instruments and there is much mention of "music and singing". I suppose the same was true in Lorien. There is no specific mention that I can remember of the Hobbits having instruments, but I would expect them to have simple ones. Everything else being equal, the Hobbits' voices would be higher-pitched than men's voices, due to their smaller size.-/I tend to agree /- However, I get the impression that the Hobbits are somewhat more heavy-set than the average man.-/Not I. Tho Dwarves, as in Ken deMoiffe's perfect drawing of Gimli in NIEKAS 10, are more heavy-set than men. The Hobbits are merely chubby, or pudgy, or roly-poly, or something. The best drawing of a Hobbit that I've seen, the one in I PALANTIR #1, fits my idea of a Hobbit exactly./- Mere size is not everything, after all, women's voices are more high-pitched than men, though the size difference is small.. My own guess would be that the Elves music would be more highly developed and intricate, more sophisticated, while that of the Hobbits would be more folk-type. Also, the Elven music that most impressed the Hobbits would probably be the simpler songs. George Heap sings ELBERETH GILTHONIEL to a folk melody and it sounds good to me. -/try singing it to 'Greensleaves'/- I don't know if this will mean anything to anyone else, but it has been suggested that some of the Elven music might have been something like the SONGS OF THE HEBRIDES, and I rather think that their grander efforts might have sounded like the 12th-century PLAY OF DANIEL. Warner speaks of the Hobbits as "tiny", they were 3-4 feet tall. -/I'd consider that tiny/- I would guess that their voices were a pleasant middle pitch. The Elves were man-size, or larger, and would have more or less normal voices.-/I object! My impression of the Elves voices is that they are to our 'normal' voices as ours is to the croaking of frogs. This is just my opinion, since the only quote that applies is: "...and their voices had more melodies than any mortal voice that now is heard." III-415 /- I would guess that Elven music would surpass our music, though it might seem to men to lack emotion. -/ Again I object, and most heatedly. The music of the Elves was by no means intellectual and emotionless. It was the very opposite. The Elves had very highly developed emotions. Most of their songs in Lord of the Rings were very poignantly nostalgic, because that was the way most of the Elves who still remained in Middle Earth felt, and I imagine they had songs that expressed the other emotions very well. When I think of unemotional, intellectual music, I think of something like Bach, which is not at all Elf-like. Tne whole idea of folk songs is one of emotional messages, and to me the songs of Middleearth, and especially the Elves, were the quintessence of folk-type music./- About the "importance of the name Tuck" that Warner mentions, I don't even remember such a name. Does he mean "Took" maybe the name of the great Hobbit family? -/ most likely he does/- I would like to have an example of one of these character names that is "two or three letters of the alphabet spelled out phonetically", I can't think of any such. -/I'm told that he was referring to Elessar (LSR) and Arwen (RN, which is kind of stretching it)/- As Greg ssys @says@, some of the names can be traced to the Old Norse, some are Saxon, the Elves names are mostly constructed for melodious sound. The name Sauron is clearly derived from "sauro" the Greek root for "lizard." -/somebody really ought to reprint Lin Carter's article from XERO which I've never seen but I'm told that it is a definitive trace-down of Tolkien's name origins. /- [page 8] That letter from Wright must be quite old, saying there's no chance of a pb LOTR! -/It was/- I've heard a Ballantine HOBBIT came out Aug. 5 but haven't seen it. -/me too/- Becker Staus may be right about Middle Earth looking more like Indochina than England. Certainly there are no such mountains in England as Tolkien draws. The black and white drawings show a rather "art nouveau" influence, Tolkien has probably seen a lot of Beardsley's work which shows an oriental influence. -/But surely you don't think all of Middle-earth is supposed to represent England. It is pretty much agreed that it takes in all of Scandinavia, and goes as far as parts of Germany. Certainly parts look like Indochina--Nindalf, and maybe the Shire plus certain other places. But the Shire also looks a great deal like England or Ireland--many hills, hills all over the place, and small clustered forests, and a climate similar to Englands @England's@, plus the customs of the natives of course. /- Well, that's a rather long loc for a rather short zine. In your next you should at least mention Plotz and the TSA.-/I probably would have if I had edited the first issue, but I didn't and Dave is not in any kind of contact with them. Anyhow, NIEKAS has already publicized them, among others, and with a circulntion of 500 can there be anyone in fandom that missed the announcement. Nevertheless you'll notice I've mentioned him thish @this issue@ (if I remember to, that is.) /- Best, Ned. -/Ned, you once mentioned you know how to write in the Angerthas. Would you like to do an article on it similar to mine on the Tengwar, and/or at least add small notes in either mode after your letters? I'm trying to induce all those who are literate to exercise their talents./-