空想歷史小說與政治文化

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在香港、日本,田中芳樹的《銀河英雄傳說》,影響了很多年青人對政治的看法。若論英國,我會當推《The Lord of the Rings》(中文《魔戒三部曲》)。

比起《銀河英雄傳說》,J R R Tolkien寫的《The Lord of the Rings》查實是英國的縮影,特別那些Hobbits,而他描繪的年代,查實正是納粹邪惡力量當道的年代。Gondor由不參戰,到決定要與邪惡力量一戰,甚至後來成為最後決戰主力,查實與英國由張伯倫綏靖主義,轉成歐陸主要抗戰力量的歷史很相類。

《The Lord of the Rings》除了為日後的RPG Game打好了文化上的基礎,這本書反映的政治觀更值得注意。《銀河英雄傳說》講是一個凡人,對民主政治信仰以至民主政治實施的看法。而《The Lord of the Rings》不只是民主,更涉及是權力與腐敗這個問題。

英國好的文學作品很多,但如果為下一代人,《The Lord of the Rings》比《Harry Porter》更值得看。

2 thoughts on “空想歷史小說與政治文化

  1. 在電影化在香港上畫的時候. 香港的某免費電視台播過一套 由NationalGeographics拍 關於J.R.R.T.的記錄片. 裏面提到作者本人本來最初是設定正義一方最後是失敗了. 而哈比人會被勞役. 而作者一再強調故事本身根本就沒有以現實為借鏡

    但為甚麼後來會變成經典橋段就不得而知.

    有人說成功的作品. 人物本身是會有自己的生命的. 這令我想起某句明言 有思想的生物是不會被永遠勞役的.

    以上

  2. It was only coincidental that WWII occurred during writing the second and third part of the story.

    However, Tolkien had most the concepts of his Middle-earth background and mythology laid out long before that, after he finished serving in the army in WWI.

    Even he himself have said in the foreword of the trilogy,

    “As for any inner meaning or ‘message’, it has in the intention of the author none. It is neither allegorical nor topical… It was written long before the foreshadow of 1939 had yet become a threat of inevitable disaster, and from that point the story would have developed along essentially the same lines, if that disaster had been averted.”

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