Swamp Water by Robert MunschVictoria’s perfect birthday meal comes from a very unexpected place!
Victoria’s grandmother is taking her out for a very special birthday lunch. And because it’s a very special birthday lunch, Victoria’s grandmother takes her to a very fancy restaurant. But because it’s a very fancy restaurant, they don’t make hamburgers OR chicken fingers and French fries OR tacos OR Swamp Water! What’s a hungry girl to do? Maybe give the restaurant some helpful suggestions of what SHOULD be on their menu?
In true Munsch fashion, Swamp Water is an uproarious treat, which will resonate with all of the picky eaters out there . . . and the grown-ups who try to feed them.
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Themes in The Lord of the Rings
At the beginning of The Lord of the Rings, Middle-earth is weak and disunited, with little trust existing among the various races. Dissension plagues the different human kingdoms, and one of the main problems is that the true leaders are not in their rightful positions. For a while, a spell cast by Sauron incapacitated him, and his kingdom was effectively ruled by the evil wizard Saruman. Only the king of Gondor can do that. Until the conclusion of the trilogy, Gondor is without a king. The throne is instead occupied by the steward Denethor, a weak-willed man who seems to be losing his mind. Aragorn, the true heir to the throne and the future king of Gondor, is able to resist the temptation of the ring.
Since the publication of The Lord of the Rings by J. Tolkien , a wealth of secondary literature has been published discussing the literary themes and archetypes present in the story. Tolkien also wrote about the themes of his book in letters to friends, family and fans, and also in the book itself. In his Foreword to the Second Edition, Tolkien said that he "disliked allegory in all its forms" using the word applicability instead , and told those claiming the story was a metaphor for World War II to remember that he had lost "all but one" of his close friends in World War I. Friendship was a theme of The Lord of the Rings and was something that Tolkien was very influenced by. A Fellowship is created, consisting of all the Free Peoples of Middle-earth , including elves and dwarves , setting aside their differences against the common enemy of Sauron.
Much has been said and written about Howard Shore's use of the Wagnerian leitmotif idea in his score for "The Lord of the Rings. Several people have written me to ask if I intend to expand this site to include The Hobbit. I do not. Unhappily, I found the movie, and Shore's additional music for it, too uninteresting to justify the effort it would take to do this kind of analysis. Movie composers have been doing something like this, of course, ever since the invention of the talkies. But most such themes are treated in a rather straight representational way — see the character, hear his theme — and many a film composer must have wished he had the opportunity to flesh the system out a bit — to develop the themes, and use them not just to signify but to add layers, to elucidate and comment. Why has it never been done before now?
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Comments and Corrections
Throughout the book Tolkien has given instances of the corrupting influence of the Ring, which represents power. It seems that everyone who possesses power is ruined by it. Even Saruman, who was once a good wizard, is corrupted by it. And Frodo, who is the hero, finds himself compelled by the Ring. Not only does it weigh on him so much so that he can hardly walk, he is nearly unable to throw it into the volcano. Gandalf is afraid of the Ring.