Descriptive anachronism?

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  1. Elostirion

    Elostirion Registered User

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    Professor Tolkien likens Gandalf's firework dragon in A Long Expected Party to an express train; I always thought this was an incorrect description since it references technologies which cannot otherwise exist within Professor Tolkien's legends. Any thoughts?
     
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    For me, Tolkien's (imagined) role as translator includes the role of writer too, rendering both Westron and the tale for modern minds -- rendering Westron (largely) into modern English, and at times, making use of modern similes or metaphors for creative "peppering".

    The translator, JRRT (Appendix F "On Translation"), is also the latest in a series of tale tellers.
     

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    Quite funny as a comparison though! I had not noticed this. It feels a bit out of style, indeed! o_O
     

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